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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On the Colorado Trail East of Long Gulch Trailhead

04 Feb
North Fork of Lost Creek valley

  Hike with Joyce and Brian on June 19, 2011 Trailhead: 39°20’50”N, 105°37’9”W, 10,104 feet Highest point: 39°20’49”N, 105°36’2”W, 10,889 feet Farthest point: 39°20’36”, 105°35’13”W, 10,803 feet Hiking distance: 5.8 miles   Some Park County trails are too long to walk in a day. The Colorado Trail is probably the longest in the county, and […]

A Hike Up the Road to Wheeler Lake

03 Feb
Traver Peak, McNamee Peak, and Clinton Peak.

  Hike with Joyce on July 31, 2011 Trailhead 39°21’23”N, 106°4’58”W, 10,974 feet Left road: 39°31’53”N, 106°7’23”W, 11,783 feet, 2.75 miles Lunch at Wheeler Lake: 39°22’12”N, 106°7’37”W, 12,199 feet, 3.46 miles Hiking distance: 6.59 miles   A destination for a hike doesn’t have to be a mountain summit. For this hike, Joyce and I picked […]

A Cold Day on Ute Creek Trail

22 Jan
Ute Creek Trail in Tarryall Creek valley

  Hike on December 15, 2008 Trailhead: 39º11’53”N, 105º33’13”W, 8,795 feet Farthest Point: 39º12’39”N, 105º31’21”W, 9,795 feet Hiking distance: 4.8 miles The sun rose on December 15 into a crystal clear sky and shone brightly through my window. What a gorgeous day for a hike! I looked at the thermometer: 2 below zero. What a […]

A Failed Attempt on Northstar Mountain

21 Jan
Northstar Mountain

  Hike on June 22, 2007, with Tim, Walt, and Joe Hoosier Pass: 39°21’43”N, 106°3’45”W, 11,539 feet Farthest point: 39°22’48”N, 106°5’08”W, 12,327 feet Hiking distance: 5.2 miles Trailhead: This hike began at the top of Hoosier Pass, on Colorado Highway 9 between mile markers 76 and 77. There is ample parking on the west side […]

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