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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Hiking along Duck Creek and Mill Gulch

19 Apr
Blaine Peak (left) and North Twin Cone Peak

Hike with Lynn, Pete, Steve and Sunday T. Dog on June 7, 2009 Our trailhead: 39º33’0”N, 105º43’12”W, 10,269 feet Mill: 39º33’20”N, 105º43’41”W, 10,720 feet Duck Creek Campground: 39º31’45”N, 105º43’56”W, 9,756 feet Hiking distance: 4.6 miles   Lynn Keyes grew up on the Tumbling River Guest Ranch, a few miles up Geneva Creek from Grant. She […]

Views from the top of Slaughterhouse Gulch

17 Apr
Payne Peak

Hike with Karen and Sunday T. Dog on May 28,2009 Trailhead: 39º28’41” N, 105º33’0” W, 9,585 feet Top: 39º28’20” N, 105º33’21” W, 10,147 feet Gate: 39º28’30” N, 105º33’24” W, 9,837 feet Hiking distance: 1.25 miles   A long hike takes some preparation and planning, but you’re not always up for that. Sometimes a spur-of-the-moment outing […]

Upper Salt Creek Valley and Salt Creek Trail

16 Apr
East Buffalo Peak at the top of Salt Creek valley.

Hike with Sunday T. Dog on June 14, 2009 Trailhead: 38º58’13N, 106º3’31W, 10,237 feet Big tree: 38º58’7”N, 106º4’16”W, 10,154 feet Lunch: 38º57’41”N, 106º5’31”W, 11,083 feet Hiking distance: 8.5 miles   There are hidden beauties on the long trails at the feet of the high mountains on the west side of South Park. One of these […]

Potato Gulch and Sugarloaf Mountain

12 Apr
Sugarloaf Mountain

Hike with Cheryl and Sunday T. Dog on June 8, 2008 Trailhead: 39°13’42”N, 105°36’17”W, 8,996 feet Sugarloaf Mountain Summit: 39°13’43”N, 105°35’22”W, 9,951 feet Hiking distance: 3.9 Miles The trailhead for this hike is near Tarryall Reservoir. From US 285, turn south at Jefferson on Tarryall Road (Park County Road 77), and go 17.0 miles. Turn […]

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