Took a trip over to Lake City with the Bryant's today for a ride out towards Engineers Pass on County Road 20. Our plan was to ride out County Road 20 following Henson Creek until the road got too tough to ride. Well... Heather, Ronnie, and Nanette figured out where that was and turned around at 13 miles out - I decided to push on and see if I could make the top of Engineers Pass!
Hiking day and we decided to hike past the mines on West Willow Creek from just north of Creede and then try the Hobbit Trail. We estimated that the round trip would be just over eight (8) miles and it ended up at just over nine (9) miles. We really wanted a chance to see all the old mines outside of Creede and this hike did not disappoint.
Great morning to go get a bike ride in before the afternoon t-storms and rain. Around a 39 mile out and back route on several gravel roads towards Love Lake and then up to a turn-out to see the elusive Copper Falls. Thanks to Ronnie Bryant for scouting this route out and finding where Copper Falls is located.
Loaded up everyone (Heather, Jim, Melody, and Scout) in the truck - took a drive over to Lake City to scout out future hikes and bike rides. Photo above is from North Clear Creek Falls - on the way to Lake City in Mineral County.
Today we drove up to the top of Wolf Creek Pass with the Yuhn's (Jim, Melody, and Scout) to hike a portion of the CDT (Continental Divide Trail) up to Alberta Peak (11,870 feet). The CDT crosses right at Wolf Creek Pass and the hike from the pass to the peak is right at three miles one-way.
A busy week with moving from La Veta to Creede, an overnight trip to Albuquerque for a concert, and then a drive back to Creede yesterday. Today we drove down to Del Norte for a mixed (pavement and gravel) bike ride up to South Fork and back - a nice 42 mile ride.
Aunt Bethany says it best... About one month ago we were pulling into our RV park in La Veta and I had the truck windows down as we were maneuvering to our site. I thought I heard a sound - it's a funny squeaky sound... Unfortunately I did not investigate the sound until a week ago... (keep in mind I gave us a only a week to render the repairs before we leave tomorrow for Creede).
I have compiled an assortment of rides that we have done (and a couple that we plan to do in the future) from La Veta, Colorado. The majority of these routes involve gravel roads and the La Veta area has some excellent gravel roads. Hopefully this will provide a good starting point for anyone visiting La Veta, Colorado and the surrounding area... enjoy!
Today's route makes a nice little 32 mile loop and included a couple of roads we had not ridden before. Since it made sort of a circle around the La Veta area we named the route after the RV park that has been our home for the past month, Circle the Wagons RV Park!
Just a short drive up Cordova Pass Road north of Cuchara, Colorado will get you to the Schafer Trail. Most folks pass this trailhead by as they are headed up to the top of Cordova Pass to hike the West Spanish Peak Trail. The trailhead has parking for about two cars and only offers an out and back route that goes down then back up.