Adventures at 11 Mile State Park

This past weekend I had planned on summiting a 14er with the pups but when I woke and checked the peak forecast it had changed overnight from partly cloudy to thunderstorms!
A quick search of state parks near me and I decided to go out and take a look at 11 Mile park- in Lake George.

We got there early- about 7:30 and had no problem parking in the Coyote Ridge lot on the east side of the lake. When we left at about 11, the lot was completely full.

The trails are not always labeled very well, so I recommend screenshotting the trail map on your phone or printing it out before you leave.

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We started on the Coyote Ridge Interpretive Trail, on the north side of the loop. When we met up with the Midland Trail we headed east around the wetlands.

I’ll come back with a pal and climb those boulders another time – NEVER CLIMB ALONE! Even on easy climbs that you know you can handle – it’s just not a good idea.

 

The midland Trail takes you to a peninsula at its furthest most south point, and this is where we went off trail for a while. Staying on the east side of the peninsula, we found ourselves all alone at the waterfront! We spent maybe 30 minutes there hanging out, eating snacks and sunbathing and saw one boat the entire time! Gorgeous and secluded.

When the midland trail meets with the two-trackers to the backcountry camping sites things got less enjoyable. With no clear signage, we wandered down both directions of the two tracker only to come across tons of campers.

Turns out the black bear trails and the midland trail weave through the campsites. These campsites say “backcountry” but every cluster of them have smelly bathrooms and trash areas. The rest of the hike was crowded with family reunions, fishing excursions and lots of noise. All the people were really nice but it was a little shock to the system after spending the precious couple hours in silence with nature.

There are some spots I’d love to come back to with a buddy and boulder a bit off trail- almost all north of the wetlands but there were a few good looking faces on the SE-most section of the Midland Trail.

Have been very busy ~ out and about enjoying the greater springs areađź’•

Micah has been gone a lot for work, so I’ve been taking care of everything on my own… quite a lot to handle but we’re managing =)
I’ve been trying to get outside every day I can that it’s not raining.. we’re deep into monsoon season so sunny days are pretty rare anymore. Here are some of my recent adventures:

Went hiking with my beautiful babes and best friends up on MacNeil trail- a deserted trail up Cheyenne Mountain–

I say deserted mostly because we were up there almost three hours and never saw another person!

Micah came home last weekend for a few days so we went to disc golf at El Pomar Youth Sports Complex…
Really gorgeous views along the whole trail!

And then on Sunday I went with my pal Amanda and her absolutely gorgeous kiddos to Cheyenne Mountain State Park! It does stink because dogs aren’t allowed on the trails there, which will seriously limit my ability to go hiking there. With Micah gone, and my commute being so far, I’m not able to spend any time with the doggos during the day. I feel so guilty leaving them at home now when I do anything..

But the kiddos were so curious and intuitive and brave! I aspire every day to be more like a child in those ways…