An Overlook In Granite, Colorado
My Hike Of An Unnamed Mountain In North Chaffee County; Mountain Scenery Photos - May 2, 2010
On Sunday afternoon, I was in the mood for a short hike.
I desired two things: 1) To enjoy some scenery, and 2) To stand on the summit of the mountain, no matter how small.
Today's adventure would bring me to the top of a small mountain
overlooking the town of Granite, Colorado in Chaffee County.
There is no know name for this mountain. One local said she has
only known it as "The Peak"; it was what her grandparents referred to it throughout
their many decades living here. However "The Peak" doesn't seem like a fitting name.
The term "Granite Hill" comes to mind, but what a boring and underwhelming name, especially considering
how pretty the scenery at the top. Lastly, my topographical map did not have a name for it either. For now,
I will call it "The Overlook in Granite" and "Overlook Hill."
Adjacent is a photo of the town of Granite from the summit.
Only six residents live in this town year-round. It is quiet, even for Colorado standards.
Thank you for checking out my photos. I am glad to share my hike with you. Happy trails!
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|Photos of "Overlook Hill" in Granite, Colorado
The top four photos in this larger gallery were taken yesterday afternoon, when it was sunnier.
Above is the mountain from U.S. Highway 24.
A closer view of the mountain. The lot in the foreground
is for kayakers, rafters and boaters for access to the
The mountain from the southwest. The historic Granite Schoolhouse can be seen on the far left.
This photo was taken while my friend and I drove on Old Stage Road north of town.
The view of the mountain from the railroad tracks during my 60+ mile
walk through Chaffee County.
||The Hike Begins
I walked on Old Stage Road, which formerly was the main thoroughfare for
wagons and stagecoaches traveling between
||Looking toward the highway, with the Arkansas River,
train tracks and Old Stage Road running through the canyon.
||As I climbed, snow flurries were falling. The
snow did not stick to the ground, but
it appeared the mountains considered 12ers and 13ers had a fresh layer of snow.
|Arriving at the overlook. There is a flagpole at the top, where a U.S. flag usually
waves during the summer months.
My hikes and scenery pages in this region:
Lost Canyon Road
Twin Lakes, CO
La Plata Peak
Mountain Biking Twin Lakes
Mt. Elbert Forebay
Vicksburg & Winfield
Clear Creek Reservoir
Two beautiful views overlooking Granite, Colorado.
This was once the county seat of Chaffee County in the late 19th century.
||Looking east, a new layer of snow could be seen above timberline.
||A token photo of me with my
It may be a cold region for many months out of the year, but I'll
always say northern Chaffee County is paradise! :)
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