Good Morning from Collegiate Peaks

23 06 2012

We’ve escaped the record breaking 100 degree heat of the Colorado front-range to enjoy the cooler temps at nearly 10,000 feet. Departing about 2pm, we make a quick stop at the city park in Buena Vista to fill our water tank before arriving at the campground around 4pm. This is our 3rd visit to Collegiate Peaks, and this weekend we’re in sites #8 and 10. These sites are along the main road, and beyond the turnoffs to the upper and lower loops. Both back-in sites are angled for departing traffic, so big rigs will find it’s easiest to continue to the end-of-road loop and approach these sites from the other direction. Most of these sites along the left side of the main road are creek side making for very deep and private sites.

After leveling the campers while friends set-up tents, we’re off on a quick walk around the campsite to see our neighbors and scout other sites. On what may be the original campground loop, sites J and K offer great privacy and creek access. Both sites are back-in, with J appearing to be long enough for bigger rigs.

Site J, Collegiate Peaks

Site K, Collegiate peaks

On our visit last year, we’d become aquatinted with the campground host, a retired gentleman with a self-professed “allergy to snow”. But, his large fifth-wheel and super duty truck aren’t in the host site this year. Evidently he’s decided to move to warmer, or maybe lower campgrounds.

We spend about 2 hours on Saturday hiking up the creek, along the beaver ponds and onto a jeep trail. On Sunday a couple friends explore the jeep trail further finding that it ends at an old mining camp. After having breakfast and packing up, we head back to the lower elevations and warmer temps.

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