Lets go for a hike

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Welcome back!! Ok, let’s talk about what just might have been our favorite hike that we did on this visit to the Pagosa Springs area this year and that is “Four Mile”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trail head starts at 8900ft and has a number of elevation gains and downhill episodes so if you are not fully acclimated to the elevation be ready to have your heart pumping and your camera ready so that when you need to stop for air you can raise your camera to your eye and blame your stopping on the need to take yet another picture LOL!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and don’t worry, even if the real reason for stopping was to catch your breath no one will doubt you when you say you just stopped to take a picture because anywhere you stop you will find picture worthy views.

Along with the trail giving you stretches of uphill’s, just enough to make you cursing under your breath if you are not a fan of uphill hikes like I’m not, and downhill runs that will have you paying pretty close attention to your footing you will come across a few water crossings but nothing to worry about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will also enjoy a number of nice flat areas that meaner through some beautiful meadows as you admire the rugged San Juan Mountains.

 

 

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The trail follows Fourmile Creek with Eagle Mountain to the east and is bordered by dense stands of aspen most of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 3 miles in you will reach the Falls Creek Waterfall that drops 300’ from the cliff above and that was the end of our trip in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we reached the falls we found a couple rocks to sit on, broke out a light snack that we packed and enjoyed the scenery and the light mist that would drift our way from the waterfalls spray when the wind turned just right.

At this point it seems that most of the hikers would turn back but for some of the “Billy Goat” more adventurous types you could try to scurry up a very steep and loose rock covered climb and head to the second water fall that is just 1 mile farther up the trail.

While we ate our snacks we watched several people, many much younger and nimble looking than us, attempt that climb and even though we saw a couple make it most came back down after what looked to be an agonizing attempt to make the climb only to come back down on their asses.

After a few chuckles we decided that might have been fun a few years ago but not at this particular time in our lives. We figured staying heathy was a better choice.

Also at that point if you wanted to go even farther than the next fall’s and connect to the Anderson Loop Trail that would make the hike a total of 14.5 miles you could but we had read that it was a continuous uphill climb for the next 4 miles and THAT was not going to happen either LOL!!

Ok, so a funny story. As we were sitting on our comfy rocks having a snack and resting our bones there was a guy who was a little close taking into consideration all of the open space available in the area even though socially distancing roughly 10ft away, but with the COVID thing going on we would have felt better if he would have stayed a bit farther away but no real big deal. Well no big deal until he sneezed!!!

As soon as we all heard that sneeze we were on our feet and scurrying along the rock like those little chipmunks you see bouncing from rock to rock trying o gain distance LOL!!! Damn, what the hell man!!!

Well beings we were up “thank you Mr. Sneezer” we decided it was time to head back to the trail head and call it a day, another great day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We highly recommend this hike to anyone in the area and it’s one I think we will do again during our visit next season.

Ok, that’s it for this update, I think we will jam the remainder of our Pagosa Springs visit into one more update and then move on, because we have moved on a bunch of times since leaving Pagosa LOL!!!

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4 Responses to Lets go for a hike

  1. Steve & Dianne Colibaba says:

    Beautiful looking area for a hike.

  2. That looked like a beautiful hike!

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