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.
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'
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