October 6, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Hi Secular Hikers,
Weather permitting; there will be a short hike on Sunday, October 6th. Georgianne and I have a round dance to attend at 1:00 PM and need to be home before noon for lunch. The hike will be to the Palmer Lake Reservoirs taking a side trail at the east end of the upper reservoir and looping around back to the west end of the upper reservoir. The reservoirs and rock formations, especially on the loop are worth seeing.
This is a relatively easy to intermediate level hike. The initial ascent to the reservoir(approximately .5 miles) can be challenging but is considered easy by some. After the first reservoir, the trail continues to ascend to the second reservoir. The total climb is over 500 feet in about one mile. Then we will ascent another few hundred feed during the loop. There is a very short extremely steep section returning to the upper reservoir. The total round trip will be about 3 to 4 miles.
We would be leaving from my house (see directions below) at 8:00 AM and carpooling to the trailhead.
Please bring enough water on the hike.
Please let me know if you plan on attending the hike. If you change your mind, please let me know that also.
Travel north from Colorado Springs on Interstate 25 to exit 156A, North Gate Blvd. Take your first left (at the first traffic light and a double turn lane) onto Struthers Road. Follow Struthers Road for about 1 mile, there is a large "Summer Glen Estates" sign on your right. Directly in front of the sign, turn right onto Falcons Nest Loop. Take the second right onto Scottsdale Drive, then your first left onto Sedona Drive. My house is at the end of the cul-de-sac, slightly on the right. 205 Sedona Drive. 594-4506.
Special note for the people who live north of Gleneagle: You may want to meet the rest of us at the trailhead. From Highway 105 in Palmer Lake, go west 0.3 miles on South Valley Road, turn left onto Old Carriage Road. Go down this steep narrow one way road 0.1 mile. The trailhead is at the bottom of the hill. An overflow parking lot is a little east of the trailhead heading towards South Valley Crescent. The rest of us will be arriving around 8:20 AM.