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Hike in the Snowy Mountains

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We spent our time after Christmas in Colorado.  It was exciting for us to spend time with our kids in Colorado Springs.

Hike 1 CS 2018 Glen Winter

At the trailhead to Mr. Cutler near Colorado Springs. Ready for a cold hike!

We did get out for a few hikes and planned more, but the weather became too cold to hike for more than a few minutes in the mountains. The next time we visit in the winter, we will plan on snowshoeing or skiing or both.

Hike 1 CS Springs 2018 Winter--Ice on path

One of the early lessons we learned was that an investment in micro spikes makes a big difference on icy trails. We did not have any on this hike, but the kids did. After hiking 2 ½ miles up over 700 feet in snowy 16-degree weather, we decided we should get some as well. We did enjoy our first hike in the mountains and the trail, although with ice patches, was manageable.

Hike 1 CS 2018 GSPBK on the way to the top

Getting near the top of Cutler with our hiking group. Kids have the spikes and we do not!

Our elevation started at 6500 feet above sea level, much higher than normal for us and went up from there to the top of Mt. Cutler (over 7,200feet). And yes, it was cold!

Our second hike was colder than the first from the start as we climbed up Raspberry Mountain.

Hike 2 CS 2018 Getting ready to go

All bundled up and getting ready to go for a hike–just over the bridge and up the mountain.

We started the hike at 9,500 feet above sea level and went for over 5 miles reaching the peak at over 10,500 feet above sea level.

The hike started at 30 degrees and grew colder; the hike ended over three hours later at 9 degrees as the sun was setting.

Hike 2 CS 2018 Getting back near sunset

I was happy to be the owner of new micro spikes, as my footing was secure on the assent and decent. Hike 2 CS 2018 Glen likes the micro spikes

We chose to get this hike in early in the visit before the anticipated cold front came into the mountains; it worked. Although at times our warm clothes were sometimes too warm, we were better off with the many layers we had on the hike.Hike 2 CS 2018 GK on the hike

It was good that we went when we did, as we spend a few days indoors playing cards and enjoying our new years celebration.

CS Bridge hand--what would you bid

Bridge hand–what would you bid?

Other highlights:

Enjoy what nature has to offer—make snow angels Hike 2 CS 2018 Snow angels

Trip by the numbers:  We hiked over 8 miles and had an elevation gain of almost 2,000 feet. Not too bad for a couple who live at almost 900 feet above sea level visiting Colorado.

Hike 2 CS 2018 View of Pikes peak from the trail

No bike rides in the cold and snow.

Bike End No Ride

 

 

 


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