View from the top of Bear Paw Loop

Mountain Biking Bear Paw Loop (Staunton State Park)

Staunton State park remains one of my most frequently forgotten, yet also favorite places to hike near Denver. The crowds aren’t too bad considering how close the park is to Denver. Late September, my girlfriend and I decided to go mountain biking up to Bear Paw Loop. The new trail is very similar to the existing…

Views up the canyon

Fishing Waterton Canyon

Waterton Canyon follows the South Platte River into the mountains starting just south of Chatfield State Park. The canyon itself is beautiful and with fall just around the corner there was a lot of color on the hills. It was obvious upon arriving at the parking area on the south end of the park that there…

The catch

Camping at Jumbo Campground (Grand Junction)

Jumbo Campground is a pretty standard National Park campground located about 45 minutes east of Grand Junction. A friend who lives in SLC and I decided we’d meet in the middle and get some fishing in on one of the many lakes in the area. The campground itself was great! There were quite a few…

Aspens

Hiking Gilpin Lake

Gilpin Lake is about 10 miles northeast of the town of Clark and 30 miles from Steamboat Springs in Routt National Forest. The entire area is beautiful and there are lots of camping spots, though the dispersed spots fill up very quickly and a vehicle with high clearance is probably a good idea if you’re going to…

Fly fishing

Backpacking Pear Lake

I made an attempt to get up here this last winter, but 6 miles of snowshoeing ended up being a bit more of a day than my friend and I were up for. Getting up this summer was a completely different experience. We picked an alternate entrance, deciding to come in from the Allenspark trailhead rather than the…

Trout

Hiking and Fishing – Leadville, CO

Over the Labor Day weekend my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip up to Leadville for a bit of hiking and fishing. The drive up on Sunday wasn’t too bad. Most mountain travelers seem to prefer the winter ski season or the warmer summer months. Leadville itself is a pretty standard mountain town….

Motorcycle Setup

Fishing South Platte – Deckers, CO

Today I decided for a couple firsts. I took the motorcycle up for my first trip into the mountains and I fished a section of South Platte in Deckers, CO. The first 50 minutes of the ride is fast highway. While scenic, it’s not that comfortable of a ride; especially in heavy traffic. The last…

Fish Number Two

Fishing Rogers Park

North Boulder Creek and Middle Boulder Creek meet at Boulder Falls about 10 miles West of Boulder on Route 119. A bit beyond this up Middle Boulder Creek is Rogers Park. About 5 years ago there was a major restoration project to make the river in this area more habitable by reshaping the river itself…

Snow Drifts

Snowshoeing Finch Lake

This was definitely the best snowshoeing trip of the year so far, and not just because it’s the first one where I actually put on my snowshoes. The trailhead and hike are all in Rocky Mountain National Park, accessed from the Wild Basin. This would normally require a park pass or $20 day-pass, but the Wild Basin…

View of Lost Lake

Winter Hike to Lost Lake

Hessie Trailhead has been incredibly busy any time I’ve ever been up there. On weekends the road leading up to the trailhead has a half mile or more of cars parked along the side of the road coming from the tiny town of Eldora. We left Denver around 7:30am and got up there around 8:45am. We were one…