An Overlook In Granite, Colorado

My Hike Of An Unnamed Mountain In North Chaffee County; Mountain Scenery Photos - May 2, 2010

Granite, Colorado

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 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 Arkansas River.

The mountain from the southwest. The historic Granite Schoolhouse can be seen on the far left.
Granite, CO
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.

Old Stage Road The Hike Begins

I walked on Old Stage Road, which formerly was the main thoroughfare for wagons and stagecoaches traveling between Leadville and Buena Vista.

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:
  • Snowshoeing
  • Granite, Colorado
  • Gene's Yaks
  • Lost Canyon Road
  • Twin Lakes, CO
  • La Plata Peak
  • Mountain Biking Twin Lakes
  • South Elbert
  • Mt. Elbert Forebay
  • Railroad Tracks
  • Vicksburg & Winfield
  • Clear Creek Reservoir
  • Mt. Belford

  • Granite, CO

    Granite, Colorado

    Granite, Colorado

    Two beautiful views overlooking Granite, Colorado. This was once the county seat of Chaffee County in the late 19th century.
    Arkansas River, Colorado Facing southwest.
    Looking east, a new layer of snow could be seen above timberline.
    Colorado Hike A token photo of me with my Arkansas shirt.

    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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