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Old 07-12-2017, 11:26 PM   #1
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Exclamation UPDATED w/ fire lookout pics - Midweek hike - Hanging Lake, CO

Had some time to kill today. Saturday morning I plan to be watching the sunrise from the last operational fire lookout in CO - I'll put the pics in here.



1,200 ft climbing in just 1.4 miles in Glenwood Canyon.

Start on the Colorado River





Lace up and get ready for rocks




Follow Dead Horse Creek upward... and up some more.












Almost there





And finally the payoff. Hanging Lake with all of the waterfalls flowing into it.




Do it all in reverse and end back at the river.


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Old 07-13-2017, 12:16 AM   #2
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Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing. Makes me wish I was someplace else right now.
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Old 07-13-2017, 01:23 AM   #3
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fantastic man. i miss colorado nearly every single day. what a wonderland that state is.
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Old 07-13-2017, 01:24 AM   #4
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I've made that hike twice in my life. In my early 30's and then about 15 years later. Both times, I was struggling to make it to the top.
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:21 AM   #5
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Bad ass, thanks for sharing. I love the tranquility CO offers...
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Lace up and get ready for rocks


"Get ready for..."? Brother, I'm always ready for climbing/jumping around on rocks/boulders...that part is the most fun!
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:34 AM   #7
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"Get ready for..."? Brother, I'm always ready for climbing/jumping around on rocks/boulders...that part is the most fun!
Up was definitely great! It'll get your lungs and legs burning if you're pushing. Coming down while a light afternoon rain came through was a little less awesome lol. That shit gets slick.

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Old 07-13-2017, 12:02 PM   #8
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BTW, is BIGFOOT stalking you in the last picture at Hanging Lake in the top of the middle falls.
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BTW, is BIGFOOT stalking you in the last picture at Hanging Lake in the top of the middle falls.
Probably just an earthy lesbian from Pueblo.
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Probably just an earthy lesbian from Pueblo.
Way up there and nobody around, yeah I'd hit it...
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I took the family to Glenwood at the end of May and we did that hike. I was pleasantly surprised we all handled it pretty well considering we had no time to acclimatize. It was a neat hike ... my kids loved it.
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Nice! I haven't done any exploring in that area, but I feel like I should someday. So much to keep us busy down here in the San Juans for now.

They're talking about shutting down access to that place because so many people disregard the signs and walk out on the tree and/or get in the water. It's a big no-no, but people are dicks and still do it, and it may ruin it for the rest.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:41 AM   #13
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Got up at 2am today and headed south out of Denver. Everything was great until about half way there when it started raining. From 6000 ft or so all the way to the trailhead it rained. I sat around trying to wait for it to pass and eventually just resigned myself to being wet... in 50* weather. Hit the trail not long after 5am.





It actually started to clear up pretty quick as I got some altitude






At the top is the Devil's Head Fire lookout.
The first lookout was built here in 1919, but the current structure was built in 1951. This is the last functional fire lookout in the Front Range.

This is the home stretch. After all the trail theres a staircase - 143 steps - to top out.






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Old 07-15-2017, 11:41 AM   #14
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That's Pikes Peak out there








All things considered (brew, location, effort, etc), this might be the best beer I've ever had... at 6:15am

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Kick ass views!
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Awesome pictures! I'd like to try those hikes out sometime soon.
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watch out for bigfoot
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Old 07-17-2017, 11:07 AM   #18
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Did you let yourself in? Is this just a beautiful location for a drunken B&E?

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They put all the plans for those towers online.
https://www.fs.fed.us/database/acad/lt/
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great pics! looked like a good time
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