Hiking in Park County Colorado

This web site contains a collection of stories about hiking trips I have taken in and near Park County, Colorado, The hikes range from easy riverside strolls to tough high-country bushwhacks. I hope you enjoy the pictures and stories even half as much as I enjoyed the hikes, and that you’re encouraged to take your own. Park County is a beautiful place, and there are endless hikes to take. See you in the alpenglow! John D. Rankin

Hiking Pix from around Park County

What you need to know to hike Park County, Colorado!

If you can walk, you can hike. Hiking is just like walking, except you do it with a good deal more of mindfulness and you do it out in the wilderness. You soak in the sounds and the scenery of nature while you get yourself into better shape at a pace and at a level of difficulty of your own choosing. Out here in Park County, right at the heart of the Rockies, hiking is an important part of our way of life. And here on this site, I will be sharing some stories about my own hikes, ranging from the easy riverside strolls to those tough high-country bushwhacks. I hope you enjoy the pictures and stories even half as much as I enjoyed the hikes, and that you’re encouraged to take your own.

Once you do decide to join me in my outdoor treks across Park County, here are a few friendly reminders to help you get started, especially if you are still a newbie to hiking:

Make a Plan and Stick to it
Dress Sensibly and Comfortably

Bring a Backpack of Essentials

Don’t Pollute

Welcome. I’m John, and if you want to know more about hiking in Park County, you can always contact me  - Please let me know also what area of this large county you would like me to focus on article wise!

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The View from the Nose of Shawnee Peak

22 Oct
The view from top of Shawnee Peak

Hike with Pete on July 6, 2014 Trailhead: 39°25’34”N, 105°33’56”W, 8,295 feet Summit: 39°23’49”N, 105°35’48”W, 11,927 feet, 3.8 miles Hiking Distance: 7.3 miles There are some mountains in Park County that have shapes that remind me of something. For instance, I see a face in Meridian Hill, when I see it from Park County Road […]

Stealing Bandit Peak from a Storm

11 Sep
Rosedale Peak, center, Meridian Hill, and Black Mountain on the far right

Hike with Sunday T. Dog on August 6, 2008 Trailhead: 39º30’39”N, 105º34’3”W, 9,291 feet Summit: 39º32’23”N, 105º36’15”W, 12,444 feet Hiking distance 8.2 miles   Bandit Peak is Rosalie Peak’s little sister. From US 285 at Deer Creek and many places along Deer Creek Road (Park County Road 43) she’s visible to the left and in […]

Over Sheep Ridge to Twelvemile Lake

15 Aug
Twelvemile Lake

Hike with Pete on August 22, 2010 Trailhead: 39º9’1”N, 106º04’5”W, 10,533 feet North end of the lake: 39º9’24”N, 106º7’48”W, 11,109 feet Lunch: 39º9’20”N, 106º7’58”W, 11,178 feet Top of Sheep Ridge: 39º9’45”N, 106º5’8”W, 11,591 feet Hiking Distance: 9.8 miles   I had in mind a hike in the southern Mosquito Range. When I think of hiking […]

A Full Moon, the Summer Solstice, and a Hike in Lost Park

25 Jul
Brookside-McCurdy Trail

Hike with Pete on June 19, 2008 Trailhead: 39°17’3”N, 105°30’23”W, 9,969 feet Left Trail: 39°15’11”N, 105°31’5”W, 10,534 feet Top of Ridge: 39°15’24”N, 105°31’3”W, 10,855 feet Hiking distance: 6.0 miles   Pete and I were looking for relaxation as well as a good day hike when we picked the Lost Park area for our latest foray […]

Apps for the Great Outdoors

21 Jul
View of a Mountain Range

I listen to Sci-Fri Friday a lot and alwasy get a bunch of new information. They have a podcast posted that I recently listened too that I found very interesting called App Chat: plugging into the Great Outdoors. It talks about apps available for using hiking and camping. A camping trip might be the perfect […]

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