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We love the outdoors and spend much of our time in the backcountry of Colorado, photographing and absorbing the awesome beauty of the Rocky Mountain Alpine. We love to share our experiences with others in hopes of inspiring them to get out and explore, make memories and embrace life.

Halloween Hike

By the time you reach the timberline you will breathe a sigh of relief...not necessarily from the exhausting uphill climb...but perhaps the ghoulish sounds of nature as it transitions from summer to winter.

With October fast approaching, there's no doubt changes are coming our way. The leaves have all but fallen in the high country, the wind is beginning to bring with it a hint of winter and the landscape is putting away its color in preparation for a long winter's nap. While many are storing their hiking gear and pulling out skis, snowboards and blankets, there is still time to hit the trail. The crowds have thinned and the alpine is wide open! October brings with it a variety of weather, so watch closely and plan accordingly. That said, October is probably one of the best months of the whole year to get out in the backcountry. No looming thunderstorms, no over the top heat, just pleasant cool temperatures to keep you well moderated on the trail as you gain altitude.

How about a little excitement this Halloween? Going for a hike in some of Colorado's spooky tundra could be just the ticket! Not that the trails themselves are haunted, that we know of. The names themselves bring about their own uniqueness, Hell's Hole, Goblins Forest and Devil's Backbone to name a few. With so much mining history in our mountains, there is no telling what you might come across.

A lesser traveled hike, Hell's Hole is just the kind of trail that can offer an excellent outing. Aspen groves that have been stripped of their leaves, making for a soft pathway on the trail. Mysterious dense spruce forests that spark the imagination. Bristlecone Pines that cast ghostly shadows from their abstract twisted shapes. By the time you reach the timberline you will breathe a sigh of relief...not necessarily from the exhausting uphill climb...but perhaps the ghoulish sounds of nature as it transitions from summer to winter.

A late fall hike could be just what the doctor ordered to keep you active, in body, mind and spirit. Stay sharp, Hell's Hole can be elusive at times if you are not paying attention. While the woods themselves are full of mystery, the open views at timberline can be just as distracting. There is just something intriguing about hiking in autumn. But don't take our word for it, head out yourself and see the transition of the seasons, you never know what you might awaken in the cool dark of late fall!

Watch a video of the Hell's Hole hike taken in the fall of 2018

Nearest Town: Idaho Springs, CO

Directions and trail information: No fee, self-issue permit, dog friendly

Out and back trail, 8.2 miles roundtrip, moderate skill level, elevation 9,703' - 11,564'

"Each day is a unique opportunity to make memories and embrace life. Live your passion!"

Peace,

MAD

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