Castlewood Canyon — West Side

The west end of the park is less developed, but it wasn’t less busy. By early afternoon, when I arrived, the lots were full and the trails were crawling. I hiked to the water fall and then made a big loop up to the remains of an old house. 

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There was a young girl sitting on a ledge inside these ruins. She was maybe eight or nine — too young to be there by herself — but there were no adults around anywhere. I wandered around a bit to take photos, but stayed clear of her. That explains why there aren’t more interesting shots of the place.

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In all, I’d done 10 miles. That’s plenty for the first full day at altitude. I was worn out, but feeling fine.

One other note. On Monday, when I told people at work where I’d hiked, their near-universal response was, “There are a lot of rattlesnakes there.” I had seen a lone garter snake, but that was all.

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