Calhan Paint Mines

I’m not gonna lie, I was exhausted today!  Yesterday’s hike was intense and wore me out.  I was supposed to hike Pikes Peak today, but when everyone else canceled I was ok with this and rested instead.  However, when I got up I felt like I’d been cheated out of a perfectly beautiful hiking day, so I tried to think of a way to fix this. 

I’d already put in a full day by 3pm, but my girls were still sleeping (don’t judge, it’s summer).  They  aren’t big fans of intense hikes, but they do like the outdoors, so I gave the option of Red Rocks, Cheyenne Mountain, or the Calhan Paint Mines.  Rebecca chose the paint mines, so I told them to all put on some hiking gear while I made dinner, and afterwards we were off for an evening hike. BTW, THANK YOU GRANDMA for the hiking shorts!  We all dressed in them, despite not planning beforehand 🙂

It was a 40 minute drive from the house, but close enough to be totally worth it!  It’s kind of like a mini Painted Desert. 

There are several areas to hike in

As soon as we got there and hiked the 1.5 miles in, I took a shadow selfie.  Just because.  

The only downside was it was really, really, really windy.  I mean, really windy. 

 But the girls had a great time exploring the formations. 

Emily found a birds nest up high and climbed to get a better look. 

I loved seeing them jump from rock to rock, confident in exploring and having fun!

Oh, don’t mind Emily’s hair.  Like I said, it was REALLY windy, and Rebecca offered her a hair tie, and this was the result.  She’s getting it cut again this week…

Author: Laura M Clark

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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