|The Trail Head with my shadow|
The trail follows along a horse farm fence for half a mile before coming to the cap rock area near the bluffs. Here the Mitchell Creek Canyon Trail intersects Chuck's Loop. We hiked south along this trail another half mile and stopped to enjoy the view at an overlook.
|The overlook, Franktown below|
|More overlook. It all drops away from the cap rock|
|Cap Rock. This looks just like you are on top of Castle Rock, except for the trees|
We walked back north to rejoin Chuck's Loop Trail. The plan is to tackle Mitchell Creek Canyon Trail on another day. Back on the main loop, we followed the trail along the cap rock via cairns.
With more trees in this area, bird life was everywhere. From smaller than a couple fingers to full size hunting hawks, there were so many different types of birds I needed an identification book to name them.
|An old gnarly cedar|
|Trees, Clear Sky and the Colorado Sunshine|
|Benches provided by an Eagle Scout Project|
|A cute door knocker added to a tree|
|Juniper berries, more than I have ever seen. That's why there are so many birds here|
We sat on a bench and enjoyed the solitude as the trail rose out of the trees and into a meadow. There were remains of a barb wire fence to the right, lots of different grasses and the distant mountains to ponder. I really like this trail!
|A long view of Longs Peak and the front range.|
|And Mount Evans|
|A close-up of the grass|
|And more back-lit scrub and grasses|
The trail follows along, well-marked and easy. When wet there could be some mud, but it is mostly natural surface and rock. We encountered some traffic noise as we rounded the north side of the trail from highway 86 and headed back to the Trail Head.
|A bluebird house. Many were built along the trail|
|That small dot in the sky is the rising moon|
|Parting shot at the end of a fine hike|