July 20, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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Last year I had a meetup at Hessie Trail in hopes of seeing lots of Columbine. Didn't happen, oh, but Catherine found one, I think. I'm hoping a little later in the season, we will see many. The Hessie Trail is located outside of Nederland, past the little town of Eldora. Parking is a pain, mostly on the side of the road, but getting there early really helps. Car pooling might be a good idea. We went as far as Lost Lake last year, but feel free to take whatever path is calling your name. The trail rating, in my eyes, is moderate to semi-hard. The trail is steep and rocky, but you can always rest by some amazing waterfalls. Please come prepared incase it rains, some good hiking shoes, snacks, water and, of course, your camera. Hope you can make it. Please send me any questions.