Lone_Star's Logbook

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Total Log Entries: 998 (Rank: 1st)  [List Them]  [Map Them]
Total Distance: 5,844.63 Miles (Rank: 1st)
Average Distance: 5.86 Miles

Average Rating: 1star (1.47)
Average Difficulty: 1star (1.05)
Average Solitude: 1star (1.35)

Earliest Log Entry: 12/28/1995
Latest Log Entry: 6/7/2022

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Scenic Ponds

There are a few scenic ponds near the start of the Noble Road Trail. This is the smaller pond that will be on your right hand side as you enter the reservoir. [George Bush Park]

Log Entries

Beautiful Remote Spot
Wheeler Geologic Area Trail - 6/7/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4point5stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 4point5stars
Distance: 19.75 Miles Duration: N/A

My wife, son and I did a 2-day, 1 night backpacking trip to the Wheeler Geologic Area.  My son was carrying about 30 lbs in his pack and I was carrying about 40 lbs.  The trail has several long up and downs, both of which can be demanding physically at this elevation.  We camped at the base of Wheeler Monument, which provided a phenomenal view.  On Day 2, we hiked up, over, and around on the Wheeler Loop (~3.3 miles), then broke camp and headed back (8.25 miles) to our start point at Hanson's Mill CG.  The trail is well-marked and maintained, although we had lots of blowdowns that we had to contend with.  There are a few good water sources along the way, including one large creek ( which has to be crossed by stepping on rocks).

This hike was hard, mostly because of the weight we were carrying, but the destination is absolutely beautiful and worth the effort.

Training Walk
Bristol Head Acres - Subdivision Routes - 6/2/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: halfstar Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: halfstar
Distance: 1.90 Miles Duration: 46 minutes

Training walk around my subdivision.

Beautiful Secluded Waterfalls
Phoenix Falls - 6/1/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 5.99 Miles Duration: 3 hours

My wife, son and I hiked out and back to Phoenix Falls.  Getting to the trailhead can be challenging unless you have a 4WD or AWD with high clearance, but you can park near the Phoenix Park Mill Site about 1/2 mile downhill from the trailhead.  The first part of the trail is a rollercoaster with a lot of up and down, but it eventually levels off for most of the way.  There is an old, abandoned cabin fairly close to the falls that I suppose was used by hunters in the past.  The falls themselves are quite beautiful. We went in June so there was a good water flow from the snow melt.  We also saw a lot of beaver dams along East Willow Creek.

Incredible Views
Inspiration Point Loop - 5/25/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 9.22 Miles Duration: 7 hours, 48 minutes

We started our hike up to Inspiration Point at the Up & Over trailhead.  Instead of going "over", however, you branch right onto FS 789.  The trail was very well-marked, but there were about 10 blowdowns (deadfall) that we had to get around on the way up.  About 2 miles up, you come to a rocky outcrop that has some incredible views - my favorite spot thus far in the Creede area - but that is not the "real" Inspiration Point.  You have to go another 1.75 miles up to the top of a rocky cliff to get to the final spot.  This also has some beautiful overviews of the area.  We decided to take FS 789 back as the dirt road had far fewer blowdowns and it also led us by an abandoned mine.  Several scree fields made some sections tricky to navigate.

Wheeler Basin Campsite 1 to Hanson Mill Campground
Pool Table Road - 5/16/2022  [View Log Page]
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 10.88 Miles Duration: N/A

We did some LSD today up on Pool Table Road. LSD is long, slow, distance, not the psychedelic drug, lol. We walked out to Hanson Mill campground. Total distance was about 10.9 miles. Aspens are leafing and signaling Spring is here.