Sunday, April 15, 2012
After spending the previous day at Rifle Falls with Amanda we decided to spend Sunday morning taking a hike we have wanted to do for a while in in the Colorado National Monument. The last time we had planned to hike the Black Ridge Trail, it snowed, so we cancelled our plans because we feared it would be a muddy and slippery mess in places. Like the previous day, the weather forecast overnight was calling for storms, but luckily the Monument didn’t see any precipitation. The Book Cliffs, on the other hand, were coated with snow as we drove to the Monument.
Snow and spotlight on the Book Cliffs as we drove up into the Monument.
A view down into Fruita Canyon as we drove to the trailhead.
Scenery at the beginning of the hike as we climbed up the trail.
Parts of the trail follow and old two-track.
This old sign was hidden off to the side of the trail. It’s hard to read anymore, but the part I can make out says ‘Stock Drive Way’
There were some nice puffy clouds floating above us for a while.
View across the Grand Valley at the snow on the Book Cliffs.
A sign marking the CCC Trail junction.
The trail crossed a rolling field covered with grass as we near the boundary of the park and cross onto BLM land for a while.
I liked the light on the ridge in the distance.
A nice view over Devils Canyon. I’ve hiked in that canyon before, but never seen it from above like this.
We had to cross this ‘rock bridge’ that separates two canyons.
We finished the hike at the end of the trail near the Visitor’s Center.
As we drove along Rim Rock Drive on our way back home, I stopped for one more photo over this fork of Monument Canyon.
It turned out to be a perfect morning for hiking. It wasn’t too hot or cold, and there were plenty of white puffy clouds in the blue sky with some storm clouds off in the distance. We also got to explore a new area of the Colorado National Monument.