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Garden of the Gods State Park

One of the highlights of living in Colorado was getting a chance to leave the southeast plains and head toward the Colorado Springs and Denver areas to go hiking. I can’t believe it’s already been ten years since Adam and I traveled around the Mosquito Range of the Rockies and did a bunch of high […]

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Hiking to the Saddle and Summit of Mt. Democrat

A highlight of the Mosquito Range of the Rockies is Mt. Democrat. The trailhead is near the saddle and is accessible by vehicle (though I recommend a vehicle that can withstand bumps and has a good deal of climbing power; my Geo Prism struggled and nearly didn’t make it). There is also camping allowed at […]

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Hiking Grays Peak on the First Day of Summer

Grays Peak is the highest summit in the southern front range of the Rockies. Standing at 14,278 ft. above sea level, it is also the tenth-tallest fourteener in Colorado. When Adam and I set out to reach the summit on the first day of summer in 2004, we had hoped for good weather, but a […]

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Hiking Mt. Bierstadt and the Sawtooth Toward Mt. Evans

A fairly easy, but nonetheless breathtaking fourteener to hike is Mt. Bierstadt. When Adam and I hiked it in June 2004, the weather was incredible and the views made me feel like I was in another universe, disconnected with Earth and my usual surroundings. Everything seems surreal at and near the summit, as if the […]

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Hiking the Long Trail Up Pikes Peak

One of the first fourteeners I ever hiked was Pikes Peak. Adam and I did the trip in June 2004. It’s an incredibly beautiful mountain with a lot of culture and history connected to it. And it looms over the southeast plains as one of the high points that sits furthest to the east in the […]