hiking

Wandering the desert

“Is this how the Israelites felt?”

I’d only been hiking for about an hour and a half on the red, rocky trails of Dominguez Canyon. It was a gorgeous Colorado day: a high of 70 with clear skies, just the break one could use after the cold winds of winter. But the midday sun gets hot enough to bake those canyon walls, making you feel like a loaf of bread swelling in the oven.

Dominguez Canyon is a cool little area which I only had a few hours to explore. A few weeks back, Berkely and I joined a group of new friends to explore the Big Dominguez Creek Trail. Unfortunately, I had limited time to explore (I just needed a quick hiking fix for the weekend) but what little I saw was incredible.

Two years in and I’m still so fascinated by the various environments that thrive in Colorado. The rock faces are fascinating and tell a tale of life thousands of years ago. I even saw my first Colorado lizard out here.

The trail has plenty of small rocks and sand, so be warned if you’re thinking of wearing knit-like sneakers to hike out here. The trail is mostly flat so it makes for a nice walking/wandering pace. Just be sure to bring plenty of water, especially in the warmer seasons. I’m told the desert canyons get brutal during the summer.

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Summiting Sneffels

Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but there’s no high that compares to standing 14,150 feet in the air.

Just west of the city of Ouray lies the picturesque Sneffels Range, its silhouette features jagged tips that stretch for miles in the San Juan Mountains. The most prominent peak of the range is Mt. Sneffels, Colorado’s 27th highest “14er” and the highest point in Ouray County.

After a year and a half of talking about it, and one failed attempt, I finally made it to the summit.

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