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Road trip hike: Grayback Peak; and Colorado Public Lands Day 

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Carrying over from the Indy's "hikes worth your time" piece in the recent Insider, this week's featured hike is Grayback Peak — a nice little hike near Cheyenne Mountain that most people drive right by. A moderate hike of just a little over 4-miles round-trip, Grayback Peak offers a rewarding 360-degree view at the top.

To get there: Take Old Stage Road for about 5.3 miles from the start of the dirt road. Turn left onto US Forest Service Road 371 (look for the sign for Emerald Valley Ranch), and follow it for .25 miles. Look for the small parking area on the left side of the road at the crest of a small hill.

Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day

The second-annual Colorado Public Lands Day is this Saturday, May 19th. Established by the state legislature to encourage people to get outside and enjoy Colorado's public lands, it's a day with numerous events throughout the state intended to celebrate and enjoy our Federal, State and local public lands.

For information on where to find Colorado Public Lands Day events, visit copubliclandsday.com.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting a large variety of events throughout the state, too.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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