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Recreation

Beyond the Two-Mile Mark

I signed Bryon and I up for trail patrol weeks ago, picking Bob and Betty Lakes as our destination.  It was one of the few places we hadn’t hike to in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Sunday seemed like the perfect day, allowing us a day of rest on Monday for…

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Prepping for the Big Peaks

As a Park Ranger working at Rocky Mountain National Park, I was often asked about Longs Peak. “What can I do to get ready to hike Longs Peak?” “Well, you might try testing yourself on a smaller peak to see how you do.  Something like Twin Sisters, or Flattop Mountain.”…

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Hike of the Week: Blue Lake

I’m focused on the trail ahead.  With so many rocks akilter, I know if I’m not paying attention, I run the risk of turning my ankle and cutting my hike short.  I come to a flatter part of the trail for about twenty feet and pause for a second on…

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Rogers Pass

Of course, the last half mile was the worst. The trail clung to the steep hillside, the dirt disappearing around the bend.  James Peak loomed in the distance, snow fields dotting the green tundra. I walked slowly, employing the “Tishma method.” Walter Tishma volunteered at the Longs Peak Ranger Station…

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