2005-07-01

Hiking The Scar - Geocaching


Sky, Clouds, Ridge
I decided I wanted to hike up the Scar againHeading up to the trail

Big Rock
Mostly as training for hiking up Pikes Peak hopefully around the end of JulyThe trail starts here

A Magestic Rock
But also because it can have some great viewsTrail

Rock Erosion
And I've heard about GeoCachingWhere you look for hidden caches by their GPS coordinatesTrail past a cavern

Tree hanging into the sky
So this past Wednesday, after work, I packed up my camera, my CamelBak and my GPS and headed for Glen EyrieRock Formations

View towards Cheyenne Mountain
I also packed the print out of a
GeoCache on the Scar
Road and Sky

Going up the Road - Hot and Sunny
There were some extra clues on the web page for the Cache on the Scar - Most sounded familiarSky, Clouds, Hidden Sun

Old Road up the Scar
On my way up, checking the GPS, I thought the Cache was down this way (->) and took about 20 minutes to realize I was not headed the right way. So I decided to make it to the top of the scar, and try to locate the Cache on my way back downSteep way down Queen's Canyon

Rocky Structures
Surprised the group of Sheep

Bighorn Sheep Looking down
Garden of the Gods Road
I found a couple of groups of Big Horn Sheep - I suprised them a couple of times - I even managed to split a group apart temporarilyMore Bighorn Sheep

View from the top of the Scar Looking North
It took me longer than I expected to get to the top of the Scar - but it was as exilerating as ever to make it to the topMade it to the top of the Peak

Self Portrait
(<-) A cheesy self-portrait at the top, looking NorthEast from the top of the Scar
(->) and an interesting shadowy picture of Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak

Down the back edge of the Scar
Heading back down - to the right is the valley where Dorothy Falls is located. I was sad to read that they are limiting access to the area on weekends - but it does get busyQueen's Canyon - Dorothy Falls is down there

Garden of the Gods doesn't look so big from here
The views are pretty spectacular from the Scar - I filled up my 256M card with 182 pictures (says it should hold 175 when empty) And before I got all the way down, I swapped to my 340M micro drive card - to finish the day with 216 picturesView along the edge of the Scar

A Balancing Rock
Another Bighorn

That Geocache has to be here somewhere
On the way down I looked for the GeoCache - my GPS got me within less than 10 feet! It still took a bit of searching - The cache was a small tupper-type-ware in a ziplog back, pretty well hidden. But I found it! I added my name to the log and left a nickle with my handle 'KAH731' and the symbol of a LED on the back of the Nickle. I think I'll have to do more GeoCaching!Bench

Pretty Wildflowers
Interesting Weed

2 comments:

geeky said...

those are some nice photos! you should put them on Flickr.

Trinity said...

I like them...pretty photos!
xx