A Little Time and a Keyboard: Veering Off Track Results in Memorable Hike at Cheesman Reservoir in Colorado

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Veering Off Track Results in Memorable Hike at Cheesman Reservoir in Colorado

 Memorable Hike at Cheesman Reservoir in Colorado's Front Range Portion of the Rocky Mountains

Memorable Hike at Cheesman Reservoir in Colorado's Front Range Portion of the Rocky Mountains

After one of our visits to Colorado Springs, we opted to take a route through the mountains back towards Denver. Route 67 took us through an incredibly picturesque area through the Colorado mountains of the Front Range and along the rambling South Platte River. We knew we would find a spot to hike with hiking trails ample along the route. We set out through this portion of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to find Cheesman Canyon near Deckers off of Route 126.

Spellbinding view of Cheesman Reservoir
Spellbinding view of Cheesman Reservoir

A Misstep Leads To Spectacular Views:

While we did find the area of Cheesman Canyon, we ended up turning before the parking lot at our desired trailhead and started climbing up Cheesman Mountain. We arrived at another hiking area and discovered the spellbindingly beautiful Cheesman Reservoir.

Views all around Cheesman Reservoir are stunning


You really cannot get more beautiful than this! So, we opted to hike at Cheesman Reservoir instead of doubling back. Enjoying this peaceful setting, we discovered a handful of anglers. Otherwise, we had the trail to ourselves. Although spots revealed a bit of a barren landscape due to forest fires, we found bliss!

Discovering the Trail at Cheesman Reservoir:

Cheesman Reservoir is dammed off of the South Platte River and resides inside Pike National Forest. From what I have read, this particular trail may be closed October-April. However, if you visit during other months, the trail affords quite the tranquil experience. Cheesman Mountain, Dam and Reservoir are named for Denver businessman Walter S. Cheesman. Cheesman initially arrived in Denver to take over a pharmacy initially ran by his brothers. Eventually, he would become involved in the railroad, finance, real estate and water industries.

Rocky terrain surrounds Cheesman Reservoir
Rocky terrain surrounds Cheesman Reservoir

The 3.5 mile out and back trail sports a gentle challenge with rocky terrain. After our other hikes in Colorado, we found this hike to be one of our easier ones. The terrain provides unique vantage points for enjoying views of the reservoir. We did not tire of the the fantastic water views!

Common Wood-Nymph Butterfly in Colorado's Front Range
Common Wood-Nymph Butterfly in Colorado's Front Range

Throughout Colorado, we encountered a range of wildlife. However, quieter trails often present spectacular nature moments in solitude. At one point, we discovered several Common Wood-Nymph Butterflies flitting around. Pure nature dazzlement! 

Brilliant Western Scarlet Gilia!
Brilliant Western Scarlet Gilia!

We also enjoyed pausing and admiring blooms. I particularly loved the brilliant Western Scarlet Gilia! I love that the petals form a bit of a blazing trumpet!

We savored our serenity hiking around the perimeter of Cheesman Reservoir. The views amazed us completely during this visit to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. During our hike, we found ourselves entirely spellbound by nature. Such a remarkable and memorable Colorado adventure!

 

Veering Off Track Results in Memorable Hike at Cheesman Reservoir in Colorado







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