Horseshoe Trail, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, CO. July 20, 2017

This was a wonderful hike for us.  Mostly an easy slope up on the way out, making getting back to the car a nice low-difficulty proposition. Lovely surroundings, though the creek was entirely dried up except for one very small stretch. We went approximately one and a quarter miles out and gained about 500 feet of altitude (from 8,200 to 8,692 ft according to this topographical map.)

We saw and heard many more birds than we were able to get photos of.  Lesser Goldfinches and Mountain Chickadees were seen near the starting point and heard, particularly the chickadees, for about half of the hike.  We only have one bird picture from this that is at all decent – the Northern Flicker (red-shafted), of which there were a nesting pair in a tree not far off the trail.  We could not find the nest, but the chicks were loud when a parent was nearby.

Horseshoe Trail, Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Horseshoe Trail, Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
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