State Forest State Park was the perfect conclusion to our month in Colorado, a mountain paradise. We had a gorgeous site with a small creek below & lofty mountains above. Other campers were few & spread out. Hiking trails from the campground & moose wandering in every evening added to the perfect setting.
Our first morning explore to find a cell signal was successful & turned into another serendipitous journey down another dirt road. Beautiful lakes, wildflower meadows & isolated campsites were discovered. Eventually the lack of water & food drove us home to rest for the afternoon.
The next day, an early morning drive to look for moose, eventually led us up a steep, one lane, four-wheel drive track to the Lake Agnes Trail Head. Once there, what could we do but give it a try? Starting at 10,232 & climbing to 10,656 in ¾ mile didn’t seem too bad….. The views were incredible & the early morning peace of the forest was amazing. Every turn in the trail had Edward calling, “here we come moose, here we come bear”. Pretty funny, but meeting a moose in close quarters is not a good thing. Deep snow drifts eventually blocked the trail & we were happy enough to call it success. Maggie had a lot of fun being frisky in the snow.
A ranger recommended the Michigan Ditch Trail for a beautiful “flat” hike. Wow, did he nail it; our very favorite hike ever! The Michigan Ditch is the man-made avenue to transport water from the mountains to Fort Collins. The trail/road runs along the ditch for eleven miles past the incredible “crags” & through beautiful mountains. The roadside was filled with wildflowers of all colors & small waterfalls carried snow melt down the mountain sides. The trail had been closed all of 2016 due to an avalanche so we felt very fortunate to be there. Maggie had an amazing journey back to puppyhood. The ditch was perfect for swimming, drinking & general goofing off. We let her get in & out at her pleasure. Mags had such a wonderful day; she wore herself out! As always, Edward had a difficult time getting me to turn around. Eventually, even I realized I couldn’t do 11 miles with just a kind bar to sustain me!
State Forest State Park has all the wonders of Colorado & we look forward to returning, as soon as I can beat the challenges of living at high altitude!