Hiking the Coal Basin Road in Colorado

Sunday, May 28th …  Day 22 … Bogan Flats, Hiking Coal Basin Road, White River National Forest

 

Brrr 40 deg. In the trailer this morning, 28 outside … My turn, close the windows, turn on the furnace and go back to bed.  Nice and sunny, packed up for a hike in an area that was once heavily mined for coal and reclaimed and replanted by the forest service. The road leading to the trail head is not maintained very well, had to go around a couple of slides and avoid some pretty deep holes, not easy to do because you want to look straight up at the towering red stone cliffs and beautiful scenery. The trail is actually an old road that switches back and forth as it winds up the mountain. Trees, evergreens, aspens as well as other native shrubs and plants are now flourishing where the hillside was once torn apart by the heavy machinery needed to extract and process the coal. The area is surrounded by snow peaked mountains, red stone cliffs and forested countryside. Carol picked a trail that should lead us to the snow-capped mountain. It’s about 65 degrees now with a cool breeze coming of the mountains, the streams are flooded with newly melted snow. Nothing but up today, signs of Elk and Mule Deer but no animals to be found. We are at about 7,500’ elevation, still early spring here, not too many flowers around, up and up, every time we are ready to call it something else ahead draws us farther and farther. Okay we’ll stop at that group of aspen at the snow line, touch the snow and head on down. Success! One last look up reveals a nice waterfall.. on we go, sat down put or feet in the icy snow melt water for about 30 seconds, now we call it a day… hearty 5-6 miles. Off to Utah in the morning!

Colorado……Thank you……. Good bye!

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Just start walking ....

... and everything begins to look up!

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It's time to move on!

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