Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
|Top of the mesa trail sign|
|Looking North East|
I last wrote about the Hidden Mesa Trail here, when I walked a portion of the lower trail off CO 83 at Franktown. I still have to walk the trail from there up to the mesa top and will write about that when it happens.
|The trail is well marked|
|Rhyolite in its interesting hoodoos|
|Early spring flowers|
|Natural surface trail|
|Showing the route and distance to the Trailhead on CO 83 below|
|It is nice to have signs as nice as this one|
|Bench for relaxing|
|Rhyolite near the edge|
|More spring flowers|
|Parking lot for Hidden Mesa|
Friday, April 10, 2015
Forgot your compass? Are you lost and without a compass and need to find the way home?
Here's an idea from our new project in the works, Camp Help.
While this may be a problem for most folks, if it is sunny at all you can find directions easily using the track of the sun across the sky.
Place a stick in the ground and mark where it creates a shadow. Label this with a W.
Then wait 20 minutes or more. Sit and eat a snack. Enjoy the view.
Now, place a mark at that new shadow and mark it with an E.
The first mark is to the west, the second mark is to the east.
Friday, April 3, 2015
|View from the top north towards Castle Rock|
|Looking back along the old RR grade up the east face of Quarry Mesa|
This trail also connects to the Rhyolite Regional Park and the Rhyolite Bike Park just off Crystal Valley Parkway. A Cyclocross course exists in the Rhyolite Bike Park at the mesa bottom.
The hike to the top up the old RR route was not too steep, and it winds around the north side giving an overview of the Cyclocross course below. It was windy when we went and we were surprised at how large the area at the top really is. It is easy to imagine how this looked before mining. We even saw a bluebird when we returned to our car.
|Following the road on top around the east side|
Restrooms are available at Rhyolite Regional Park.
Please beware of rattlesnakes while using this trail.
|Pikes peak in the distance to the south, next to a cairn|
A Quarry Mesa Trail Map is available HERE.
A link to Rhyolite Regional Park is HERE.
|View of the grassland at the top of the mesa, this is huge!|