What a wonderful hike we had yesterday! Around 25 eager hikers (including about 9 kiddos) joined us for the 9am trek. Temps were a bit on the cooler side but for the most part, everyone came well prepared. After a small introduction to the hike, Yeti took us to the map so that everyone could get a lay of the land.
Catamount Ranch Open Space is an affiliate of the Palmer Land Trust located right outside of Woodland Park, CO. It consists of two main trails, the Elder-Fehn and Vayhinger trails. If you choose to go farther, the Vayhinger trail leads to the North Catamount Creek and also links to the Ring the Peak Trail. Our group took the Elder-Fehn to the Elder-Fehn loop and stopped a quarter of the way in for the sake of time. The trails are clearly marked with reflective markers, signs, maps as well as "area reclamation" warnings. The trail is rated as intermediate and consists of only a few mild rolling hills. It is mostly shaded and provides 8-10 clear views of the Northwest side of Pikes Peak.
The group makes it's way up the hill to be greeted with the first view of the Peak.
Yeti points out noticeable landmarks of the Peak.
At the bottom of the first hill, the trail comes to a clearing to offer another amazing view of Pikes Peak then ducks back into the woods for another small uphill trek.
Along the way, we noticed a lot of strawberry plants, bright beautiful green moss and, yellow, red and orange aspen trees as well as a variety of wildflowers. We also happened to notice off in the distance a huge outcrop of quartz! The kids had fun leading the way the majority of the the time and pointed out many cool trees, rocks and animal homes along the way!
For more information about the trails, click here.
For more photos, click here.
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