Adventure 2020: Red Mountain Open Space (May 10)

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On Mother’s Day last year, we went hiking in Red Mountain Open Space. This is a county-owned natural area up by the Wyoming border, and adjacent to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area (coincidentally the site of my last post). We started on some familiar trails, before descending down Big Hole Wash and taking the K-Lynn Cameron Trail.

Embankment on Big Hole Wash
Embankment on Big Hole Wash

Although we’ve been coming here for years, we’ve never hiked this trail before, and it’s simply stunning. The trail starts by visiting a small homestead. Nearby, a deep gulch is cut into soft red rock.

Red rock gulch
Red rock gulch
Red gulch with homestead in the distance
Red gulch with homestead in the distance

From there, you ascend up through a long red-rocked valley, giving great views of the surrounding country.

Hiking the K-Lynn Cameron trail
Hiking the K-Lynn Cameron trail

The hike ended with the familiar, but still spectacular, hike through another red-rocked canyon.

Geologic syncline
Geologic syncline

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