Saturday morning found us at Roxborough Park about 30 minutes south of our home. I was at a luncheon in the area a month ago and saw how beautiful the red rock formations were and decided we needed to plan a hike for the area. We hit the trail at 8:30 AM and didn't have to leave the parking lot for the views to begin!
The trail was mostly through scrub oak - very pretty. More shade than I expected!
There are signs warning about rattlesnakes (which didn't surprise me) and poison ivy (which I didn't think we had in Colorado!). We were thankful NOT to see any snakes, but I did spot this, which I think is poison ivy. Didn't touch it!!
We did the South Rim Trail first - a 3 mile loop which had spectacular views all along the way.
I'll just chose a few of the 76 pics I took!!
Here's a view from the rim toward the rocks. The trail you see between rocks is where we on the last portion of our hike.
These are looking toward the city from the rim
After completing the South Rim Trail we headed out on the Fountain Valley Trail, which has 2 overlooks. Before long we came upon this guy, who was willing to pose for us:
Here is Hubby heading along the trail and some of the rocks. Some are very smooth and some seem quite jagged.
From the Fountain Valley Overlook
Me at the Lyons Overlook. As you can see, I am well-protected from too much sun with my hat and sun-guard shirt! Carried the camelback so I had plenty of water!
Hubby on a cool stump
After a while the Fountain Valley Trail came to some old barns (1902 vintage) and then went around to the other side of the rocks -- putting us in a little valley between 2 formations
This is looking back up at the Lyons Overlook from the trail below.
We ended up with 5.7 miles of hiking -- relatively easy all the way -- for a total of 3 hrs. 15 min. I would definitely recommend this hike for Denverites! NOT in the heat of the day in the summer -- but early mornings or in the fall or spring! In fact, they say the trails are open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter! This fall we will do Carpenter's Peak -- the mtn. off to the left in the pictures back at the beginning of this blog. We've been told it isn't too hard, and is 6.7 miles, and gives pretty views of the mountains off to the west as well as views of Roxborough Park.