|Amazing Collegiate Peaks view|
Summit Elevation: 9,556 ft.
Distance: 5.12 mi. (my Forerunner 230)
Elevation Gain: 1627 ft. (my GPS)
Start Time: 9:12am
End Time: 12:22pm
We had hiked the Barbara Whipple trails along the Arkansas River a few times now and enjoy them as a wonderful local Buena Vista hike. They instantly provide beautiful views of the Arkansas River Valley. Today, with time at our disposal we decided to up the ante and hike above the Whipple Trails and up to Midland Hill. It was all well-marked trail and so we just needed to follow along. Our main obstacle today would be the sun and rising temps. We were quickly at 80 degrees and sunny, dry terrain so sun protection was a must.
|The black dirt section we encountered|
|Mt. Princeton and the Arkansas River Valley|
|Summit pano of Buena Vista and the Arkansas River Valley|
|Buena Vista and the area of the Rental House|
|Another beautiful shot of Mt. Princeton|
I have a track and waypoints from the hike all contained in a KML file that you are welcome to download and use (at your own risk).