Vallecito Creek Trail Hike

Vallecito Creek Trail

The Vallecito Creek Trail sign is very clear. Since I don’t have pedals are wheels, I am allowed to hike. The beginning of the  trail follows the outskirts of the Vallecito Creek Campground.

Tall Pines shade the trail and small rocky cliffs dare you to climb. I don’t rock climb anymore, but if you are interested you can hike out into the wilderness and experience several terrific climbs.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/sanjuan/recreation/climbing

Aspen Tree

With so many trees with dark trunks lining the trail, it was a joy to hike past a group of Aspens. The Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) can cover hundreds of acres of land. This Aspen grove was small, so I’m not sure if it was the Quaking Aspen or some other variety.

 

The white trunks of the Aspen tree really pop out against the backdrop of Pine and Cedar trees. It was lovely.

 

 

 

 

 

Protecting our environment is very important to me, and every other person who loves to spend time in nature. We keep our eyes on current government policies that will protect our treasured places where we hike, bird watch, camp, climb, or enjoy Nature Walking Meditations.

 

The Aspen Trees are watching us. Be warned! They have their eyes on you!

 

Vallecito Creek Campground

At the end of the Vallecito Creek Campground two creeks converge into one. It was a great place to shoot a few photos and take a moment to hydrate. With so much water around, it’s hard to remember that the air is very dry. It’s advised to drink lots of water while your hiking. Take your own. Don’t drink the creek water!

 

 

As much as I love the photos my phone takes, it doesn’t do a great job when I’m shooting toward the sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shooting downstream gives a better idea of how clear the water is and how many rocks populate the creek bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the  Vallecito forest fire in 2012 many trees fell. As you hike, you will notice several trees have been removed from the trail to sit a few feet from where hiking boots tread. Others lay higgledy-piggledy throughout the forest. I think it makes for a great photo.

 

 

 

In this photo the fallen trees have made natural bridges across the stream. I walked across many of these in my youth, but at my age, I will take the safety and security of man made wooden bridges as pictured below.

 

 

Foot Bridge

When you come to the footbridge, there is a kiosk with information about the Weminuche Wilderness area.

I was only taking a small hike, but some people hike for days at a time. There is a sign-in book that helps the emergency rescue staff locate any missing persons. I didn’t take a photo of the kiosk, but I thought this sign was cool.

Whenever I go across a foot bridge, I always try to get a shot from below the structure. Some times I’ve taken shoes and socks off to get the shot, but this one turned out fine without getting wet.

Weminuche Wilderness

 

Even though I was only hiking for a few miles, I appreciate the grandeur of the Weminuche wilderness.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service,  “The Weminuche Wilderness is the largest Wilderness area in Colorado at 499,771 acres.” Read more about the area here:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sanjuan/recarea/?recid=81032

 

 

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