3 Western Colorado Hikes to Enjoy When It’s 100 Degrees
Enjoying a Western Colorado hike is fun, but not when it's 105 degrees out. What if you want to hike, and right now is your only chance? There are three Western Colorado trails you'll enjoy, even when the temperature pushes 100.
The National Weather Service predicts we'll see temperatures right around 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, 2018. Sunday evening offers a slight chance of relief with a 10 percent chance of showers.
Why not get out and hike? First of all, we're talking "hike." We're not talking about climbing or anything strenuous. This information pertains to relatively flat trails offering shade.
Please note: While these "trails" are friendly under hot conditions, that fact applies primarily to those wearing shoes. The blacktop on the Audubon Trail is acceptable to humans in 100-degree heat, but not the unprotected paws of your dog. The blacktop can get scorching hot, even when the temperature is only 90. Please keep this in mind.
In no particular order, these are three hikes you may enjoy when the temperature pushes 100.
Once again, this trail offers at least partial shade. With Eagle's Wing, you'll work your way up the north side of the hill. Unless it's high noon, you'll have some shade. Once at the top, you'll enjoy some truly nice features.
This trail is a single-track dirt trail. There's only a slight incline. Chances are you'll walk the entire thing and never encounter another human being.
This trail is paved, sometimes in concrete, sometimes with blacktop. From the trailhead to the ranger's station is roughly two miles. That's more than adequate on a hot day. Along the way, plenty of trees, and as a result, shade.
There are also plenty of mosquitoes during the summer. Please come prepared.
Gunny Loop, or at least parts of it, offers ample shade. This is a single-track dirt trail, with only a few peaks and valleys. For the most part, it's a trail suitable for anyone. Overall, you're looking at investing about one hour of your time.
There's a convenient parking area at the trailhead. From there you can set out on one of three trails. I recommend taking the trail to the left (north) and looping back to the straightaway returning you to the parking area.