Wilderness Area (52AdventureChallenge) 

This week I have had to go off script a little.  The trouble with a passport stamp, the next on my list, is that I haven’t planned an international trip for another…two weeks.  And being the thermal hot spot Iceland is, that can wait too.  So this week’s adventure is a draining hike through the Golden Gate Canyon State Park

The state’s description of the park:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​More than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed meadows laced with miles of trails awaiting the hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and winter sports enthusiast at Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

It is absolutely a wilderness area, especially in winter.  The main roads through the park were closed.  Many of the trees are all scarred up with elk/deer scratching.  The wind made hearing someone/something more than three metres away nigh impossible. The views were stunning.  it was an awesome, though exhausting, hike through an amazing park.  I was talking to a colleague about our weekends, Julie lives in Boulder so would drive past the sign to the park every day she goes to the office, but she’d never heard of it!  I love parks like that.  Thankfully we were following the trail of someone with a big footed dog so we weren’t blazing a new trail, but the guys stride was much bigger than mine so following in his footsteps was not possible!

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