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Dark Mtn from Lumpy Ridge Parking Area

On May 16, 2018 from the Lumpy Ridge parking area, we hiked to the summit of Dark Mountain, about 4.4 miles away, and an altitude gain of 10877-7876 = 3001 feet. The view at the top is a spectacular panorama as you can see on the video.

Some of the landmarks you can see on the summit video are: Signal Mtn, Mt Dickinson-Dunraven Ridge, Mummy Mtn, Hagues Peak, Mt Fairchild, Ypsilon Mtn, Chiquita Mtn, Mt Chapin, Bighorn Mtn, Trail Ridge Road, Longs Peak, and Twin Sisters. At the end, we zoom in on Mummy Mtn, Hagues Peak, Mt Fairchild, Ypsilon Mtn, and Chiquita Mtn.

GPS Tracks

2018-05-16 Dark Mtn from Black Canyon Trail

2018-05-16 Dark Mtn from Black Canyon Trail

2018-05-16 McGregor Mtn and Longs Peak from Dark Mtn summit

2018-05-16 McGregor Mtn and Longs Peak from Dark Mtn summit

2018-05-16 Estes Park with Stefan from just below Dark Mtn summit

2018-05-16 Estes Park with Stefan from just below Dark Mtn summit

GPS data
Place Name Elev [ft] Accuracy [ft] Position (lat,lon)
Lumpy Ridge parking area 7876 16 40.39648,-105.51255
High point on Dark Mtn - Lumpy Ridge saddle 9135 20 40.42243,-105.56127
Dark Mtn summit 10877 20 40.43269,-105.57376

Adams Tunnel East Portal - Wind River - Storm Pass Trail - Bierstadt Lake Loop
2018-08-27 Adams Tunnel East Portal Trailhead sign

2018-08-27 Adams Tunnel East Portal Trailhead sign

2018-08-27 On Storm Pass Trail

2018-08-27 On Storm Pass Trail

2018-08-27 Ascending Bierstadt Lake Trail

2018-08-27 Ascending Bierstadt Lake Trail

2018-08-27 Bierstadt Lake with mountains

2018-08-27 Bierstadt Lake with mountains

This is about an 8.5 mile hike, with an elevation gain from low (parking) to high (top of Bierstadt moraine) of about 1300 feet. There were patches of snow along the Storm Pass Trail to the Bierstadt Lake Trail, and persistent snow around Bierstadt Lake, but our low top hiking shoes worked just fine since the snow held us up.

Starting at the Adams Tunnel East Portal, we took the Wind River Trail to the Storm Pass Trail, then took that to the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, then hiked up that trail to Bierstadt Lake. Finally, from Bierstadt Lake, we took the trail to the shuttle bus parking area (park and ride), then across the street to the Glacier Basin Campground. Took the YMCA Trail back to the Adams Tunnel East Portal.

GPS Tracks

GPS data
Place Name Elev [ft] Accuracy [ft] Position (lat,lon)
Adams Tunnel East Portal parking 8261 16 40.32818,-105.57581

Glen Haven to Crosier Mountain
2018-08-10 Start of Crosier Mtn Trail in Glen Haven

2018-08-10 Start of Crosier Mtn Trail in Glen Haven

2018-08-10 Start of Crosier Mtn Trail in Glen Haven

2018-08-10 Start of Crosier Mtn Trail in Glen Haven

2018-08-10 Crosier Mtn Trail

2018-08-10 Crosier Mtn Trail

It had been many years since we hiked up this mountain, which we had done from the gravel pit trailhead. This time, we figured we'd try the Glen Haven trailhead.

Parking across the street from the firehouse, we started on the side of the firehouse where an old wooden sign saying "Crosier Mtn" points up the hill. In a few feet, lying on the ground, the remnants of another sign saying just "Trail" indicates where the actual trail begins.

This trail is a very scenic one, with a length of 5 miles, and an elevation gain of 9264 - 7254 = 2010 feet. It took us 5 minutes shy of two hours to reach the summit at a leisurely pace. The summit view is spectacular, spanning from the Mummy Range to Meeker and Longs Peak. A little to the side of the summit, you can see Signal Mountain, Storm Mountain and Palisade Mountain.

GPS Tracks

GPS data
Place Name Elev [ft] Accuracy [ft] Position (lat,lon)
Glen Haven parking 7254 26 40.45196,-105.45042
Crosier Mountain summit 9264 16 40.43232,-105.42498

Longmont to Boulder Reservoir Bike Loop

GPS Tracks

Note that this bike loop is only appropriate for mountain bikes because part of it is on dirt trails.

On Apr 8, 2018, from Nelson Park Drive in Longmont, headed west on Clover Basin Drive to its end on 75th Street. Continued west on the other side of 75th St, which is Pike Road going past Lagerman Reservoir. Continued as Pike Road takes a sharp left where it becomes 67th Street. The road soon takes a sharp right, becoming Prospect Road. We continued west on Prospect Road to its end on 55th Street. Turning left on 55th Street, we headed south as 55th becomes Ouray Drive. We followed Ouray Drive as it turns west, then south again and finally ends on Oxford Road. Turning right onto Oxford Rd, we headed west to its end on 41st Street. Turning left (south) onto 41st Street, the road soon took a sharp right turn where it becomes Nimbus Road. Heading west on Nimbus Road, we took the first left onto 39th Street. Heading south on 39th Street, we continued to its intersection with Neva Road. On the southwest side of the 39 St - Neva Road intersection, there is a narrow single track dirt path which we took to the Left Hand Trailhead, a short distance away. There, we followed the Left Hand Trail. We took the Left Hand Trail to its end at the Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead where we took the Sage Trail to its intersection with the Eagle Trail. Heading east on the Eagle Trail, we continued to the Eagle Trailhead, then turned left onto 55th Street. We took 55th Street to the Boulder Reservoir West Trailhead, where we took the Boulder Reservoir Trail east. We took the Boulder Reservoir Trail past Coot Lake to the Diagonal Hwy where an underpass connects to the LoBo Trail. Turning left onto the LoBo Trail, we headed toward Niwot, then Longmont. We left the LoBo Trail at Airport Road where there is an underpass on the east bound side and a crosswalk on the west bound side. We completed the loop by heading north on Airport Road.



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