Day Ride & Hike -The Elk River Valley

After a nice (free) breakfast at my hotel, I headed north from Steamboat, up the lovely Elk River Valley for a day of exploring and hiking.

Hahns Peak with Mules Ears in bloom.
The Elk River

Exploring nearby campgrounds

My Trusty Steed. Some roads less traveled.
Hahn’s Peak Lake and Campground
Steamboat Lake and Campground

The above Campgrounds are all nice, but my favorite is still (ta da….) Pearl Lake! Nice campground, pretty lake and an easy hiking trail festooned with wild flowers.

Pearl Lake
Fields of Mules Ear
Mules Ear in bloom
Scarlett Gilian
Indian Paintbrush
Mature Aspens

After an exhausting day of exploring, dinner at SweetPea Restaurant a local Colorado, fresh, farm-to-table (did I get enough buzzwords?) food. Very good actually, in a nice garden setting next to the river. Carrot fennel soup, candied beet salad, trout tacos topped off with Colorado cherry pie!

Sweet Pea Restaurant
Carrot – Fennel soup. Yummy
Palisades, Colorado cherry pie


Author: David Willett

Worked at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard, attended University of Washington and Michigan State University, lived in the Netherlands, the Peoples Republic of China and the United States, visited 36 countries, 11 of 13 Canadian Provinces and all 50 U.S. states, living in Fort Collins, CO, USA

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