Author Archives: Michael R

About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.

Touring the Tetons

The third and final leg of the big late-summer ’22 trip is the Tetons Range. We were mostly playing tourist this time but there has already been a bit of discussion about returning to get up-close and personal with the … Continue reading

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Touring Yellowstone NP

The second leg of the big late-summer ’22 trip. We came in the East Entrance from Cody WY after our Beartooth Plateau backpacking trip and drove all the way across the park to the West Entrance to get to our … Continue reading

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Beartooth Plateau Loop

Rather than make trip #7 to the Wind River Range, RC, TC, CC, and I opted this year to begin our late-summer trip with a 4-day, 21-mile loop across the Beartooth Plateau in the Beartooth Mountains of NW Wyoming & … Continue reading

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Lost Creek Wilderness, CO – Goose Creek, McCurdy Park, Hankins Pass Loop

The Lost Creek Wilderness covers about 120K acres of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest northwest of Colorado Springs and southwest of Denver. It’s a popular place due to its proximity to those population centers. The recently-retired TC and I did … Continue reading

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Autumn color in the Eagles Nest Wilderness (Colorado)

The Eagles Nest Wilderness is about 133K acres in north central Colorado encompassing the Gore Range, just north of Silverthorne and Dillon. A friend (JH) and I planned a 4-day excursion there for September 27-30. This was the first time … Continue reading

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Wind River Range: Scab Creek to Middle Fork, Rainbow, and Raid Lakes plus others

Wind River trip #6 is in the bag. I and 3 of the usual suspects (RC, TC, & PDC) did a 6-night 35-mile “lollipop” (Aug 29 – Sep 4 2021) that took us past Toboggan, Little Divide, Lightning, Dream, Bobs, … Continue reading

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

We’re driving for miles across a gently-rolling landscape covered with sage brush and an occasional small shrub. Suddenly, there’s a giant crack in the earth. We’ve arrived at Black Canyon of the Gunnison, specifically the North Rim of the National … Continue reading

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West Elk Wilderness, CO – a Cliff Creek, Castle Creek, and Lowline loop

Colorado’s West Elk Wilderness covers over 176K acres of the Gunnison National Forest north of Gunnison and west of Crested Butte. Outdoor Trail Maps LLC has a good map of the area. See also Trails Illustrated maps # 133 and … Continue reading

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Upper Buffalo Wilderness – Compton, Wild Burro, and Beagle Point Falls

It was a great weekend for checking out some more waterfalls in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness, with a bit of rain a couple days before the trip and relatively good weather during.  The targets this time were Compton Double Falls … Continue reading

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Upper Buffalo Wilderness – a Boen Gulf bushwhack

The Boen Gulf access point for the Upper Buffalo Wilderness is the primary way of accessing 4 nearby waterfalls – Magnolia, Woods Boys, Stahle, and Hadlock Cascade, though you can also get to Paradise Falls with a bit more walking.  … Continue reading

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