So the last few weeks have been set in panic mode. Sold our house and then the house we were going to buy...well that deal fell through
. See Beau panic...panic Beau panic...so the last 3 some odd weeks have been spent frantically looking for a new place. Good news is at least we found something and now moving through all the hellacious paperwork to prove to the gov't that we are worthy of a loan.
Needed some much needed rest and relaxation and what better way then to hit the trails???
Loaded up wife and stepson and rolled down South to Canon City area. Saw the Gorge, it was fun to sit 1000 feet above the Arkansas, not fun for 26 dollars a person fun, but interesting to see nonetheless. Figured there should be an allowance to spit off the bridge and try to hit the rafters down below (kidding).
Once we did the touristy thing off we went to explore. Discovered this great little hiding spot called Seep Springs. What made this fun is it was by chance we found it, and it wasn't listed on TrailDamage...almost felt like we were the first person exploring it (although ol' Zeb Pike found it over "hunnert" years ago
Wow, it was a hodge podge of inter-connecting smooshed loops. The part that made this fun was the amount of "rock rivers", rubi snaxs, rock stairs and narrow paths that it provides. Although there wasn't anyone else out there that day you can feel all alone as the trail stays pretty narrow with some good tight switchbacks and the trees hug the trail like rally car spectators. Although I didn't pick up any trail pinstripes, there was a lot of "reach out and touch someone" branches.
Although the runs weren't steep...the total elevation climb is only about 500 feet (start at 6300ft and meander up to 6800)...the trail is full of rubi snaxs and these awesome rock stairs that you can climb and slip down. A few spots you need to be careful navigating on the downslopes or you'll hear the "pleasant" sound of metal on rock as the suspension catches up with the wheel. Have a nice new scratch on my transfer skid plate and a good mark in the front skid bar from where I...in the immortal words of Get Smart..."missed it by THAT much". We ran the trail clockwise and pretty much followed the trail marking for 5830F.
If you do choose to run this trail you have to hit 5830E. There is a wide spot in the road where F splits and goes left and right (it's the government system go figure) and E goes straight. E will climb up to the top of the mountain with some spectacular views, red crushed sand and rocks. There is a specific spot where you have to climb some good size rock stairs while cutting back left on a switch back. Mega fun! What makes it great is E runs out of Jeep trail and converts to just motorcycle/ATV/hiking so you have to turn around and get to go back down the stairs. At the top you have a great 200 degree view of the valley and looking south at Canon City. On a difficulty level I'd say it has spots of 3 and areas of 4.
A few pictures are included. I'm running out of storage space on WF, so looks like I need to become a contributing member
I've included a link to the other pics as well for those who are interested.
All in all, well worth some play time next time you get down around Canon City. To find Seep Spring, head north out of Canon City on 50. Watch for CR-69 on your right. Take CR-69 and head north maybe 7-8 miles (I wasn't watching the odometer super tightly). Just keep bearing to the right. (CR-69 transitions into CR-F24 but it doesn't alert you to it). After you make a crooked right turn there you'll quickly see the trail dive off to the right. Included an arial shot of the playground. If you are on Google maps find Shelf Road where it intersects with Buff View Road and look to the west. You'll see what looks like a bowl with a peak in the middle and CR-F24 on the other side. That's Seep Springs. It's just south of Red Canyon Park (you know the place where they found the largest intact Stegosaurus bones)
I'm definitely willing to make this run again...maybe spend some picnic time or hiking out there next time.
Full Pictures are here (41 pics): Seep_Springs pictures by beaujeep - Photobucket