Nature’s Frame (Garden of the Gods)

An easy 1-mile round trip trail in the Garden of the Gods State Park near Colorado Springs, Colorado leads to the well known rock formation – Siamese Twins. A popular hike, as the trail is well maintained, so you are likely to encounter a fair amount of people (and pets) on the trail to and from the formation. In the distance is one of the iconic peaks of the Colorado Rockies – Pike’s Peak. Pike’s Peak stands at over 14,000 feet (one of 52 peaks in Colorado to reach that height) but is pretty accessible to most of the public via a 13-mile (one way) hiking trail (called the Barr Trail) which also contributes to how dangerous it is. Gaining nearly 8,000 feet in elevation it is exposed to lightning throughout much of the trip up and down. Often, as I saw when I hiked to the top of Hallet’s Peak in August, storms come out of nowhere in the summer months in the mountains. A cloudless morning can quickly turn into a heavy storm by 11 AM and most hikers are not aware of the dangers that an exposed peak brings as there is no cover from deadly lightning strikes.

Nature’s Frame (Garden of the Gods)

Long's Peak through a Natural Frame (Garden of the Gods)

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6 thoughts on “Nature’s Frame (Garden of the Gods)

    • It’s a nice trail with nice views – must have been great to live in that area except for in the winter – I was there during a blizzard and the roads weren’t so fun. In Chicago, we don’t go up/down constantly like it is in Colorado Springs. Going 10 miles on the freeway was white knuckling.

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