Hiking in Mueller State Park

We always head into the mountains at this time of year to enjoy the beautiful weather and view the beautiful scenery.  We’ve had an unusually warm start to Autumn in Colorado, so this was an absolutely gorgeous day to go hiking.

Aspen Leaves and Blue Skies
Aspen Leaves and Blue Skies
Cabin on Trail
Cabin on Trail
Trail Head
Trail Head

If you haven’t been to the Colorado high country to see the Aspen leaves changing color, you should put that on your bucket list.  We both grew up back east and have seen the leaves change in the northeast, which is a beautiful sight as well, but there is something about the vibrant gold of the Aspens against the dark green of the pine trees that is truly spectacular.

Aspen Trees
Aspen Trees
Rugged Tree
Rugged Tree
Aspen Tree Trunks
Aspen Tree Trunks

Mueller State Park is a great place to go hiking any time of year, but especially at this time of year.  It sits on the back side of Pikes Peak and has tremendous views of the surrounding mountains.  There are over 27 miles of trails in the park and there are trails to suit any hiking capability as well as plenty of trails that are suitable for children.  On this trip, we chose to hike the Cahill Pond Trail (#34), which takes you by an old cabin as well as a pond.  We didn’t see any wildlife on this particular hike, although there was plenty of evidence that they were around, but in the past we’ve seen elk, wild turkeys, and mule deer, and there are also black bear in the park as well.

Trail in Mueller State Park
Trail in Mueller State Park
Cahill Pond
Cahill Pond
Autumn Field
Autumn Field

There is nothing like hiking in the Colorado high country in late September.  Beautiful blue skies, golden Aspen trees, and cool Autumn breezes make this our favorite time of year to get into the mountains.  There is no doubt that winter is on its way, but until the snow flakes start to fly, we’ll get out and hike as often as we can.

Pete and Dona on Trail
Pete and Dona on Trail
Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park

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