Our Hiking Season Has Officially Begun

Although some people hike year-round, regardless of the season, we prefer to wait until most of the snow has melted before going hiking in the mountains. It has been a cool and rainy spring in Colorado and the mountains have continued to get snow even as summer starts around most of the country. We decided to hike a trail that we’ve done before, but this time we chose to go a different direction, which completely changed the hike. It was a relatively easy hike and there was almost no one else on the trail, making it very relaxing and peaceful.

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Relaxing Trail

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Colorful Wildflowers

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Surrounded by Pine Trees

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Wonderful Views from the Trail

We decided to hike the Falcon Trail on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy here in Colorado Springs. We originally hiked it back in August of 2017, so it was nice seeing it during a different time of year. Thanks to all of the moisture that we’ve had, the wildflowers are in full bloom making the trail even more beautiful. The entire trail is a 12 1/2 mile loop, but we only went 5 miles on this hike as we get back into hiking condition.

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Wildflowers Along the Trail

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Peaks in the Distance

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Rocky Portion of the Trail

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Looking Eastward

Now that the weather is getting better, we expect to go hiking quite regularly between any trips that we have planned. We find that hiking on the weekends is a great way to relax as well as truly enjoy the beautiful scenery that Colorado has to offer. Although we didn’t see any wildlife on the trail itself, we did come across some wild turkeys crossing the road as we approached the parking area at the head of the trail. The Air Force Academy is also a protected area for wildlife, so it is quite common to find elk, deer, and other wild animals on the grounds of academy. It was certainly a wonderful way to kick off our hiking season and we look forward to getting even farther up into the mountains on our next hike.

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Tiny Yellow Wildflowers

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Wild Turkeys

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Turkeys Crossing the Road

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Start of the Trail

 

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15 Responses to Our Hiking Season Has Officially Begun

  1. I need to get back out hiking longer distances again before Colorado next month. It looks amazing! πŸ™‚

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  2. tangosbaking says:

    Lovely sceneries. Sometimes it’s so important for us to take time to appreciate the beauty of nature. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love how green and lush everything looks right now! I hope we will keep getting rain, so it stays this way.
    Happy hiking!

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  4. ashok says:

    Awesome. All the best for the season

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  5. Hiking in Colorado during the summer is fantastic! Enjoy!

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  6. One of my best friends lives in Colorado Springs and I visited him in March. Absolutely beautiful there!

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  7. LTodd says:

    Hiking with few people on the trail is the best.

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  8. There is nothing better than hiking with nature! How exciting to see the wild turkeys!

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