My Hike Of "Two Points" - Park County, Colorado
Photos Of Two Hilly Points In Ranch Of The Rockies Along Highway 24 Near Hartsel, CO - November 29, 2009
Today was one of those sunny Colorado days when I knew I could not possibly sit on the couch all day.
I desired to stand on a mountain's summit,
however small, and I opted for a scenic spot along Highway 24 in Park County.
After doing research, these points appear to be
unnamed, and so I've called them "Two Points" for now.
Two Points is located on the south side of U.S. Highway 24
near the entrance to Ranch of the Rockies, an expanisve residential area
in the mountains, hills and forests of western Park County. This is a very affordable area that retirees and working families
have tended to buy up, and I have many friends who live in Ranch of the Rockies full-time.
Now to be honest, this wasn't a hike in a traditional sense.
There was no trail. And I'm not even sure if this was private property,
although no signage existed stating "no trespassing" nor was there a customary barbed-wire
fence implying this was ranchland in use. Definitely my hike below is merely for enjoyment purposes, as it is for
all of my adventures.
Oh and lastly, please think of me the next time you pass Two Points between
Colorado Springs and
Buena Vista. It's a pretty spot all right! :)
All the best,
|"Two Points" In Park County, Colorado
The view of Two Points from the westbound lane of Highway 24 between Trout Creek Pass and
The view of Two Points from the eastbound lane of Highway 24.
|Two more views of Two Points as I approached them from the west.
TOP: Taken while pulled over on the shoulder on Highway 24.
SECOND: Taken on the entrance road (Ranch Road) to the Ranch of the Rockies.
||I parked at the pavillion (on the south side of Two Points) and walked toward them.
No barbed-wire fence existed to imply this was private property or that it might be ranchland in current use. The only sign I did notice
was a "no tresspassing" sign in the direction of a nearby trailer park area.
I stayed away from there and simply walked toward the "saddle" of
the two points as seen in the adjacent photo.
||The view toward the east at the saddle. See
Mt. Princeton (left),
Mt. Yale (center) and Mt. Columbia (right) way out there?
Trout Creek Pass can also be spotted -
it is the low point among the dark
green forested hills on the left.
This was a short hike, but I must tell you, it is always gratifying to stand on a summit. It's the Coloradan in me! :)
According to my measurements, this north point (closer to the highway) is the highest point
among the two with an altitude near 9,155 feet.
||The view of the south point.
||Not a shabby view of the Buffalo Peaks way out there.
Also ... see the white line along the highway? That is snow.
Snow fences exist throughout many parts of this vast high elevation region to keep blowing snow from
making a mess along highways.
||A closer view of the Buffalo Peaks with an intriguing small
mountain in the foreground. Hmmmmm. Perhaps I will climb that next!
||A token photo of myself. It was so nice to be up there! :)
|Two shots of U.S. Highway 24.
TOP PHOTO: Antero Reservoir is the body of water in the background.
SECOND PHOTO: It looks like it could be Kansas,
couldn't it? Well except for the
mountains and hills in the background, not to mention the altitude is 8,500-9,000 feet out here. ;)
I then walked from the north point to the south point. Near the top, I turned back to capture the view of north point.
|Three views at the top of south point. The altitude, as I could measure it, came out to 9,121 feet.
Here are my other photos from this Park County region:
Eleven Mile Reservoir
Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln & Mt. Bross
Fall Colors at Wilkerson Pass
Local Buffalo Ranch
South Park & Tarryall
||The view to the east ... looks quite desolate! If it was clearer, I think one should have seen
from this spot, but grayish clouds appeared as though they were hovering over the Pikes Peak Region.
||Looking toward some of the homes in Ranch of the Rockies.
|The Extra Thumb
Now if you look closely at the south point, you might notice an extra "thumb" of sorts to its south.
The top photo is the view of the thumb from south point. And in that second photo, I captured both south point
(left) and north point (right) in the same photo. :)
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