Thursday, August 24, 2023

Boondocking near Blue Mountain and Eleven Mile Canyon

I spent Monday through Wednesday of this week enjoying the quiet solitude of the small bit of Pike National Forest centered on Crazy Gulch.

Some short hikes, some short rides in the limited trails within the forest area.  Lots of resting and centering of my "Qi" or "Chi" depending on which movies you've watched.

A view of Pikes Peak during one of the hikes

Lots of Aspens around my campsite:

Most of the only people I saw were hikers as they walked by along the trail.  Vehicles seen were one Jeep and one OHV, but just meandering quietly along.

Sadly, the area is pretty small so today I displaced to check out the dispersed camping offerings in the Eleven Mile Canyon area.

I parked in what I figured would be a temporary spot while I dismounted Yagi, my TW200 and looked for "mo better" campsites.  Along FR 875, the "prime" spots were already taken and the other sites I found would mean some more driving over what I now call "speed humps".  They look like speed bumps but wider and taller, and there were some that might cause parts of the VRRV to scrape the ground.

So, I elected to set up camp where I had parked.  It had good cell signal, not bad views and some shade.

The other sites I'd seen were fine but more forested with limited views; except of course of the next site along the trail!  The one above doesn't have any close neighboring sites, just the way I like it.

I did some exploring with Yagi later in the afternoon and mapped several more sites along FR876 and a couple of nice sites on FR876B, for the next time I'm in the area.

It's supposed to be a rainy next few days due to some tropical storm that made landfall in Texas, so we'll see how the road conditions support traffic over the weekend.


CCjon said...

Nice spots you picked to camp. Glad to see you are getting out and enjoying hiking the forest before cooler temps move in.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks CCjon. Rain forecasted next few days, must hike while able.