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Our Mountain and Trail
Posted By admin On January 30, 2010 @ 6:52 pm In | No Comments
Our mountain, which we call Stone Mountain, rises up about 800 feet in altitude from the Lodge, Cabins, and Pond, to the top of The Red Cliffs. The Lodge itself is at an elevation of about 5,400′, which is about the same as Boulder, and not much higher than the Denver metro area.
Our 45 acre property includes a portion of the Red Cliffs, and a lot of interesting terrain below them. Surrounding our 45 acres are several hundred acres of public open space property, which includes all the rest of the cliffs, and what is officially known as Steamboat Mountain. We encourage you to take the short hike up the Stone Mountain Trail.
The Stone Mountain Trail is an old dirt road, and is an easy hike of about 1/2 mile in length. You will experience a unique 360 degree view. You can view the towering red cliffs and admire Apple Valley below, where the St. Vrain River flows. You will see how the river comes out of the rugged canyon that heads up towards Estes Park. Further up you may see Longs Peak to the West, one of Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountains.
Look for eagles or hawks flying over the top of the cliffs. Sometimes you will see deer. Occasionally, bear and mountain lions are on the mountain at night, but are rarely seen.
To start the trail, walk to the end of the lodge building and look for a gate that goes through the fence. Go through the gate and walk around to your right until you see a dirt road with a chain across it. As you walk up, the road generally curves to the right until it turns back to the left and eventually ends. It does not continue to the top of the cliffs. Part way up the trail is a picnic table under a shady tree. It’s a great place to relax, admire the view, and have a picnic.
Lyons sandstone can be seen, used for building, all over the front range of Colorado, as well as all over the country. Just one example is its extensive use for the buildings at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Their Tuscan architecture makes use of Lyons sandstone like nowhere else. As you would expect, many buildings in the town of Lyons use the local sandstone. As you enter the town of Lyons from the east, you will notice several places where sandstone is sold.
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