Saturday, though, was a day off for us, and since it was sunny and warmer in the morning, we tackled another nearby trail, the Narrow Gauge Trail off of County Road 162. This is in the San Isabel National Forest, directly across the highway from our campground. The trail follows an old narrow gauge railroad route of a train that ran from Nathrop to Saint Elmo (what is now the historic ghost town we visited a couple of weeks ago). The trail hugs the north side of Chalk Creek Canyon, directly across from the imposing bulk of the Chalk Cliffs. It is a one way trail, going out and back the same way, and is 4.4 miles total length. Its fairly level, with a gradual ascent all the way to the end, making the return trip a bit easier at a gradual descent ;-).
Off we go
Beautiful views of the canyon floor
The Chalk Cliffs to our north
Don't walk too far to the right...its a long way down!
Chelsea always lets us now when its time to stop for a rest in the shade
Mount Princeton's snowy peaks to the north
The trail ends at the Cascades Falls..you really hear it before you see it
Pine trees starting to cone out....love the bright red tips!
Headed back...views of the canyon in reverse
This week we are off today and tomorrow, work Wednesday through Friday, and then off Saturday and Sunday. Our workdays have increased in hours, though and we'll be on all day rather than 5/6 hours. Next week we work Monday, and then Friday Saturday Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, can't believe it's here already! We're about 3/4's booked for the weekend, with reservations coming in every day. I fully expect it to be full to capacity! In the meantime, we need to amuse ourselves today, and as they have re-opened Cottonwood Pass, I think a drive up there is in order for this afternoon. Plus, having 3 days off in a row next week, I'm planning on going down to Durango and Mesa Verde before the summer crowds hit. I've always been fascinated with Mesa Verde, and am looking forward to spending the day there. So stay tuned, new adventures are around the corner!