Hike Homestead Trail

Hi Secular Hikers,

  There will be a Homestead Trail hike on Monday, April 14th.  I consider this a somewhat long, but moderately easy hike.  It is one of the most interesting "city" hikes that I have come across.  The hike starts from North Penrose Park then climbs up to the top of a ridge that winds around the east part of town, passing thru Village Seven and Old Farm. After several miles, the trail ends at Stetson Hills Blvd just a bit west of Powers Blvd.  North Penrose Park is next to Penrose Elementary School on South Nonchalant Circle. The hike will start at around 12:45 PM to 1:00 PM on South Nonchalant Circle between Dream Lane and Seesaw Lane, where we will head across the park, over a small bridge that goes over a drainage ditch and continue in that general direction to the start of Homestead Trail (next to a small covered seating area).

  To get Penrose Park from North Academy and North Carefree Circle, head east on North Carefree Circle about 0.2 mile, then turn right (south) on West Carefree Circle, go about 0.1 mile then turn left (east) on South Nonchalant Circle, go about 0.4 mile to North Penrose Park on your right.

 Please let me know if you plan on attending the hike.  If you change your mind, please let me know that also.

Rich [masked])

p.s. It costs me $72 twice a year to be a meetup organizer.  Would you please consider helping by sharing this expense?  If I receive about $0.50 per person (including guests) per hike or (to avoid a bunch of quarters) $1.00 per person about every other hike you attend, I would come out roughly even.

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  • Rich B.

    Everyone enjoyed this relatively easy hike (for a Monday). We hiked the nearly 10 miles in under 4 hours. We made it to what I considered the end of the Homestead Trail. We tried to find a connection to another portion of the Homestead Trail north of Stetson Hills Blvd. without success and then came back part of the way by the High Chaparral Open Space.

    April 15

  • John and Kym S.

    Very nice city trail and perfect weather for such a hike.

    April 14

  • Gene O.

    Conditions. It was sunny and cool. Not much wind. Near ideal conditions.

    The hike. There were more hills than what I would have expected for a city-bound hike. The water tower at the far end of the hike was visible from the first rise above the starting point. Courtesy of Suzy, we kept up a good pace, even over the hills.

    The numbers. My pedometer said 9.1 miles were traversed in roughly three and a half hours; 1086 calories burned (by me).

    Gene

    April 14

  • Gene O.

    Rich, I'll be at the park 'n ride at 1 PM.

    Gene

    April 14

    • Gene O.

      Make that South Nonchalant Circle & Dream Lane at 12:45 PM.

      April 14

  • Gene O.

    Kym, we got 2-3 inches of snow in Monument, half or less than half of what had been forecast.

    April 14

  • John and Kym S.

    Gene, how much snow do you already have in Monument?

    April 13

  • John and Kym S.

    John, Suzy and I will be going directly to the trail head..

    April 13

  • Gene O.

    I'll be going directly to the trailhead.

    Gene

    April 13

  • KC T.

    Sorry to back out - I guess I'm not prepared for winter hiking and I definitely don't want to be a liability! Have fun!

    April 12

  • John and Kym S.

    Rich,
    Suzy will be coming on Monday. John is still in 'pending' status.

    April 10

  • Gary H.

    I like the idea of weekday hikes. And as soon as I get rid of one of my jobs, I'll be happen to join in. But not this month.

    April 8

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