Sunday, July 15, 2007

Hiking at Meyer Ranch Open Space


Today Natalie and I took a hike at Meyer Ranch Open Space. One of the coolest things we have found about Colorado is that there are hundreds of acres of land that have been set aside in what they call “open spaces”. Basically they leave the land the way it has been forever and allow people to use it for FREE. They allow hiking, biking, horseback riding and most even allow you to take your dogs along.

I found this open space with 5 miles of trails on the side of what to me is a mountain but to the people of Colorado is just a hill while Maddy and I were taking a Sunday drive last weekend. It is about a 25 minute drive from our front door and the big difference between these trails and the ones closer to our house is that the hill is covered in Aspen and Pine trees. There is 525 acres of land, 5 miles of trails and about 1,000 feet gain in elevation if you take the trails all the way to the top.

You can check out the map below to see the rout we took. Natalie and I hiked from the Parking area up the most direct rout up to the top. (Follow the dotted lines on the right from the “P” to the black dot at the bottom of the map. Remember on this map down is up.) We didn’t do the loop at the very top of Old Ski Run trail because there were clouds coming and we didn’t know if we were going to get stuck in a storm. The trip up was 2.1 miles and took us an hour. We gained a total of about 700 feet in elevation. all the trails were beautifully shaded and it was cool enough to enjoy the walk but warm enough for us to feel like we were getting a workout.

We took the long way down which was another 2.4 miles and it only took us about 40 minutes. We took a left at all the trail splits just so we could get a different view on the way down. (Follow the dotted lines on the left for our decent.) Down was a little easier but difficult at the same time because of the steepness of some of the trails and lots of loose rock. It was a beautiful day and a great two hours. We will be hiking here often!

Go here to see the pictures. http://web.mac.com/daviswatts/iWeb/Davis%20Watts/4%20Mile%20Hike.html

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