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Road Trip Hike: The Very Hidden "Hidden Lake"; National Parks free day, Waldo Canyon Public Meeting date changed 

click to enlarge Hidden Lake. - BOB FALCONE
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This week's hike to Hidden Lake is in the same area as the previous hikes to Red Lake and Duck Lake. There are a few twists for this hike, however.  For one, most maps (Trails Illustrated, however, doesn't make a map for this area) show a Forest Service Road that isn't there, and doesn't show a road that actually does exist. Also, the trail doesn't take you to the lake it's named for. In fact, it misses it by almost a mile. Never fear, however.  It's actually quite easy to get to the lake, if you follow the directions I've laid out here, you shouldn't have any too much trouble finding it. Oh, and the lake? Well, it's more like a marsh than a body of water. But don't let that stop you from doing this hike. It's a good workout, and there are great views along the way.

See the slideshow below for detailed directions.
How to Get There: From Colorado Highway 17, near mile marker 17 just north of the Conejos River, turn onto Forest Service road 250, indicated by a sign for Platoro.  The trailhead is about 4/10's of a mile from Hwy 17, but there is no parking there.  You can park a little further down FR 250 , near a sign indicating mileages to campgrounds etc. 

Things You Need to Know:  The first mile or so of this hike is very steep, with loose rock. Going up will take some time, and you won't gain much time on the return down through this section. There is no water on this trail, except for a natural spring and a cistern, almost a mile up from the start. Do not drink untreated water. This hike is about 5.4 miles round trip, with an ascent of over 1885'. 

In other news, August 25th is the 103rd birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, the entry fee for all NPS sites is waived for the day, making it a good day to become acquainted with a National Park near you. The nearest NPS site to Colorado Springs, is Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

Also, the next (and final) public meeting regarding planning for future recreation in Waldo Canyon has been moved from October 23trd to January 22nd, 2020. The meeting will be from 5:30-7:00pm at the Westside Community Center in Colorado Springs.

Be Good. Do Good Things.

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for  almost 28 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (@hikingguide), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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