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Winter Comes to Bear Creek

Posted by allynkratz on November 19, 2015 in Blog Post, Slideshow

On November 12th following the areas first ‘real’ snow  Allyn and I hiked to Jones Park. With Go Pros in hand, our goal was to check in on the Greenbacks. For those of you haven’t hiked Bear Creek to Jones Park it was a 10.5 miles with a 3000 foot elevation gain as shown by my GPS track below.

The hike up to Jones park

The Bear Creek basin just to the west of Colorado Springs

Due to our combined ‘wisdom’ gained from many years of enjoying dark beers, we chose

Jones Park in the distance as seen from the ridge between Bear Creek and North Cheyenne Canyons

Jones Park in the distance as seen from the ridge between Bear Creek and North Cheyenne Canyons

to hike up via High Drive, a ‘shrewd’ short cut that added 3 miles, to the hike in. Finally Jones Park came into view way out there before us,….and it seemed like we might be hiking out in the dark. Jones Park is a beautiful place with stands of fir and aspen. One has to wonder when the beavers will show up to create some beneficial habitat and do some sediment control projects? Upon arrive we pulled the Go Pros and immediately set out to try to find and photograph greenbacks.

Jones Park

Jones Park

 

 

 

 

 

The creek in Jones Park is in good shape with the rolling character of the Park and significant stream side vegetation helping to minimize sedimentation and when it does occur keep it out of the stream. Allyn found the only greenback of the day and bagged some awesome Go Pro footage.

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