The Art of Exploration · a diary of day trips, natural places, and miscellaneous adventures

Rabbit Mountain

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 in Colorado
Rabbit Mountain

Rabbit Mountain has become my default hiking location. If I don’t have time to drive up into the mountains, then I go to the foothills to Rabbit Mountain where I can still get a leg-burner of a hike in a short period of time. This morning, I got up early so I could be on the trail by seven-thirty. I usually hike the the Eagle Wind Trail, a lovely four mile lollipop loop route that is mostly flat but includes a modest elevation gain of about 470 feet. It’s a wonderful place for an easy workout and beautiful views.

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