If ever in Lovely Ouray, the Perimeter Trail is a convenient hiking option with, well, lots of options. This 7 mile circumferential trail encircles town, undulating over 1500 feet through hill, dale, and forest, and can be accessed, or bailed from, at numerous points along the way...in case you get hungry, thirsty, tired, or an insatiable craving for a Scrap Cookie from Mouse's Chocolates.
Bobbie and I wanted a convenient, yet challenging hike the other day, so I grabbed my camera and we did "the loop." Here are photos from the Perimeter Trail, which, FYI, accesses a dozen or so other trails in case you want more miles, elevation gain/loss, and more than one Scrap Cookie. I will warn you that the signage is not quite up to par for daydreamers like me. So pay attention, or grab a map at the Visitor's Center next to the Hot Springs Pool. Allow anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours to do the whole loop...depending on heat and energy level.
Mark and Bobbie
Stay tuned for a wildflower post, it's "on deck," waiting for a few words of wisdom :))
|Lovely views of Lovely Ouray|
|The "Ice Park" loop|
|Penstock Pipeline that feeds a small hydroelectric plant in town|
|Twin Peaks is a nice option for driven sadists out there...|
|The Bridge across Box Canyon|
|View from bridge|
|Beware of the Troll that lives beneath the bridge...|
|A good place to cool off|