Hiking Eleven Mile State Park
water, pines, aspens, birdsong, wetlands, and more…
Find the Coyote Ridge Parking Lot and you will find the hiking area of Eleven Mile State Park. About 5 miles of trails awaited us here. We did it all…
We headed out without a map, over a few rock outcroppings, through baby aspens and eventually into a meadow. Wildflowers were popping up everywhere. Looking west, you look upon 5.5 mile long Eleven Mile Reservoir, which seems to go on forever, and in the skyline the view was endless, stretching miles away to the highest peaks.
You can pick up a trail map at the Eleven Mile State Park Visitor Center.
It was so quiet here…
The only sound coming from the slight wind, a few birds and of course squirrels letting us know we were in their territory. The path lead us into tall pines, going up and down moderately through the mountain.
Eventually coming back down into a meadow, across wetlands and back to the lake. Several small trails leading off to backcountry tent camping areas. We wandered through them all. These trails were tucked in secluded canyon pockets and seemed very remote.
Nice area for Colorado State Park camping…
Having the lake view throughout most of the hike was my favorite part. The entire hike was a loop with smaller trials leading off but returning to the main trial.
Was the perfect getaway for a morning hike…
55 miles of trails awaits you at Colorado’s Mueller State Park, click here, for one of my favorite hikes within the Park.
Summer guided hikes offered with park interpreters
Open to leashed dogs
Trails were easy to moderate
For a map of the trails visit, http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ElevenMile/Documents/11Mile-HikingTrails.pdf
For information on the Park visit, http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ElevenMile/Pages/default.aspx