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Hell Canyon Forest Road 123
2021-03-09 View toward Estes Park from start of Hell Canyon FR123

2021-03-09 View toward Estes Park from start of Hell Canyon FR123

On March 9, 2021, starting at the junction of Hell Canyon Forest Road 123 and US Hwy 36, adjacent to Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, we headed north on the forest road to the pass on top of the ridge at about 8,600 ft then continued following the road down until about the same elevation as where we started (about 7,900 ft).

2021-03-09 View toward Estes Park from Hell Canyon FR123

2021-03-09 View toward Estes Park from Hell Canyon FR123

At this point the road got a little too muddy and snowy to continue. Turning around there and returning to the pass, we took a trail to a high point on the ridge where we got a good view of Blue Mountain, Nixon Park and Panorama Peak.

2021-03-09 Blue Mountain and Nixon Park from trail off Hell Canyon FR123

2021-03-09 Blue Mountain and Nixon Park from trail off Hell Canyon FR123

There was a little too much snow to continue on to Panorama Peak. The GPS batteries pooped out at the start of this diversion so only a tiny part of it is shown on the tracks. We then headed back on the road by which we came.

2021-03-09 Sign at start of Hell Canyon Road FR123

2021-03-09 Sign at start of Hell Canyon Road FR123

GPS tracks


Button Rock Preserve Cross Country

On January 22, 2021, from the Button Rock Preserve parking area we went straight up the trackless ridge heading northwest on a south facing slope. To start, the way was steep, rocky and rough, but it eventually became less steep, where we followed an old dirt road for awhile before heading into a large open meadow with a rundown cabin on it.

The view of this meadow from the south side is idyllic.

2021-01-22 Meadow, trees, mountain and sky at Button Rock Preserve

2021-01-22 Meadow, trees, mountain and sky at Button Rock Preserve

Continuing in a northwest direction, we cut across the meadow, and up a gulch, topping out at a large forested flat area at about 7700 feet. We returned in roughly the same way when the GPS batteries ran out.

This hike is only enjoyable to those who enjoy traveling through trail-less rough, rock and ponderosa country.

The parking area is at about 6000 feet, so the elevation difference from low to high was about 1700 feet. The distance traveled is unknown but from the GPS tracks an estimate is about 4 miles round trip.

Note that, based on the map of Button Rock Preserve, while this hike started at Button Rock Preserve, it also went through Roosevelt National Forest.


Fall Colors Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

This fall hike on Sept 29, 2020 in Rocky Mountain National Park includes lots of fall colors thanks to the quaking aspens.

2020-09-29 Adams Tunnel East Portal Trail

2020-09-29 Adams Tunnel East Portal Trail

From the Adams Tunnel East Portal we took the Wind River Trail to the Glacier Basin Trail, then to the Boulder Brook Trail, then right onto the Granite Pass Trail, then over to the Glacier Gorge Trail, down to the Bear Lake Road area via the Fire Trail, then back along the trail that parallels the south side of Bear Lake Road, and finally took the Glacier Basin Trail to the Glacier Basin Campground area, then back to the East Portal.

GPS tracks of this hike

Trail map of area

2020-09-29 Trail to Sprague Lake

2020-09-29 Trail to Sprague Lake

2020-09-29 Stefan on bridge over Boulder Brook

2020-09-29 Stefan on bridge over Boulder Brook

2020-09-29 Glacier Gorge Trail with autumn colors

2020-09-29 Glacier Gorge Trail with autumn colors

2020-09-29 Stefan on trail to Glacier Basin Campground

2020-09-29 Stefan on trail to Glacier Basin Campground


Dry St Vrain Loop

We parked off the side of Hwy 7, where on the other side of the road there are a bunch of mail boxes for residents of the Conifer Hill Rd area. Walking by the mail boxes up the dirt road, we took the first right toward Conifer Hill Rd, which is Spruce Drive, then after about 1/2 mile, left onto FR 186.

2020-04-11 Unamed Lake 7467 near Dry St Vrain Trail

2020-04-11 Unamed Lake 7467 near Dry St Vrain Trail

When FR 186 turned sharply left, we departed the road and did some trail less hiking in a general north direction, sometimes following faint forgotten forest roads until eventually ending up crossing Dry St Vrain Creek, where we turned right, followed the creek for awhile, then scrambled up a knob to catch a view. Returning to the creek, we crossed it, and headed up the ridge, mostly without trails, on which a small and beautiful unnamed lake (altitude 7467) sits that we walked around before following a faint trail to the Dry St Vrain Trail and its trailhead. From the trailhead, we headed back to our parking place via the forest road.

2020-04-11 View east from near Dry St Vrain Trail

2020-04-11 View east from near Dry St Vrain Trail

USFS pdf page for Dry St Vrain Trail with map

GPS tracks of this hike



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