hiking in the front range, colorado: alderfer/three sisters open space in evergreen…

The elk are out...
The elk are out…

It’s hiking season once again in Colorado – well, it’s always hiking season, regardless of snow – and now that all work on the Santos EP is complete and it’s “out there”, so are we. Out there on the mountain trails because that’s one of the reasons we live here – natural beauty, and the constant opportunity to be out in nature.

Erin on the Sisters trail at Alderfer/Three Sisters, Evergreen, early morning...
The lovely and multi-talented Ms. Erin on the Sisters trail at Alderfer/Three Sisters, Evergreen, early morning…
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Heading up to the top…

Alderfer/Three Sisters is part of the extensive Jefferson County Open Space park system. It’s a place I’ve hiked many times, especially when I was living up in Evergreen, but I hadn’t been back for a while so it was good to hike it again.

We started out on the Hidden Fawn Trail at about 7,500 feet, mostly a flat stretch that intersects with the Dedisse Trail. If you take the Dedisse to the right, you hike into Dedisse Park which is part of the Denver Mountain Park system and eventually come down the side of a mountain to the west of Evergreen Lake. We went to the left, then continued on to the Sisters Trail, took a right and started to ascend.

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Tempting… but not today… Left the rock booties at home – my bad.

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Independence and Bear Mtns. from the Sisters Trail…

sisters8Our route this morning was a loop on the Hidden Fawn, Sisters, and the Ponderosa Trail covering about 2 miles out and back. It’s a good short and easy hike that hits the highlights of the Three Sisters rock formations and the Brothers Lookout on the way back.

To get there: Take County Highway 73 south from downtown Evergreen to Buffalo Park Road and turn right, heading west. Go approximately 1 mile to the East Trailhead. Be sure and get an early start as parking at the trailhead fills up, as most of them do, by 8:30.

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From the Brothers lookout, looking south...
From the Brothers lookout, looking south…
And to the west, Mt. Evans, from the Brothers lookout...
And to the west, Mt. Evans, from the Brothers lookout…

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The sign above the entrance at the Blue Cow restaurant - excuse, just 'The Cow' now - which has always been a favorite breakfast spot in Morrison. Great bloody Marys! Their motto: "Be nice or mooove on."
The sign above the entrance at the Blue Cow restaurant – excuse, just ‘The Cow’ now – which has always been a favorite breakfast spot in Morrison. Great bloody Marys! Their motto: “Be nice or mooove on.”

 

The new 4-song EP, “Santos“, has been released and is available now on CD Baby and Bandcamp. Coming soon to iTunes and eMusic.

Nights on Venus, "Santos"... to be released July 8, 2015...
Nights on Venus, “Santos”… to be released July 8, 2015…
"Perspective," the 4th Nights on Venus album, MP3 album cover. Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, eMusic, Bandcamp, and the NoV website.
“Perspective,” the 4th Nights on Venus album, MP3 album cover. Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, eMusic, Bandcamp, and the NoV website.

Perspective” and all previous albums  from Nights on Venus are available as MP3 digital downloads on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and the NoV website.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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