|The Plum Creek Trail, walking north from the Plum Creek Parkway bridge|
|Fair Street connection|
|A bench to enjoy the solitude and watch the wildlife|
I accessed the trail at the Plum Creek bridge. Walking north, the first thing I noticed was how it got a little quieter once I was walking below the road bed. Pools of frozen water told how cold it had been recently. There was a little snow on the trail, but nothing that couldn't be managed with tennis shoes. I wore a windbreaker and a sweater for warmth. It didn't reach into the 50's this day. A cool 42 degrees was what my car thermometer reported as I started. Needless to say, my water stayed cold. This walk was about a mile and a half one way. A trail map can be found HERE.
|Interpretive Materials explains the plight of the endangered mouse|
|Castle Rock continues to impress me with their trail signage. Turn left here|
|The trail continues under the I-25 bridge. Note the rock structures added to the right to protect the town during floods|
|The trail passes the high bank on the west side of Plum Creek|
|Here it gets noisy, walking along the side of the Interstate highway|
|The shadow of the 5th street bridge keeps the snow from melting|
|The beaver have built a few dams along the creek. A good thing!|
|Wall painting supporting Project Recycle, a group who gathers used bicycles and reconditions them for free|
|Wolfensberger Bridge and exit at Castle Rock. My turn-around point for today. |
Just north of here the trail turns away from the noise of the Interstate
As for the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse, the nocturnal animal won't be bothered by the noise along here during the reduced traffic at night.
The retaining wall near the Wolfensberger Road bridge is hand painted with signs about Project Recycle. It is a group that collects used bicycles and reconditions them for free. These bicycles are given locally and are shipped around the world. I volunteer there occasionally as a bicycle mechanic.
To get to today's hike, from I-25, take exit #181 onto Plum Creek Parkway. Turn left and cross Wilcox Street, then take the next left and park in the Safeway parking lot. The trail entrance is just across Perry Street and to the left of the store. Other trail heads with official parking are located at Meadows Parkway and Festival Park in Castle Rock.