It's hard to believe that we've been wheeling in Larimer County for so long without doing all of Pingree Park. We've seen a bit of it in the past, but never the whole thing. We were happy to find we had enough daylight to see it this time, so at the end of Pennock Pass we turned left to head to the end.
It's a gentle and scenic meander through the trees. We saw a bit of traffic -- mostly SUVs out for a drive. It's the perfect trail for it. We drove by the trailheads for Twin Lake Reservoir and Hourglass Reservoir, but we decided to see the end of Pingree Park first.
We were surprised to find a CSU campus way out there in the woods. And it was nice, too. There is a whole little town out there. We found a parking area next to the Stormy Peaks Hiking Trail where we turned around, and then headed back down.
We talked about doing the other two trails at the end, but daylight was fading so we decided to save them for another time. When we got back to the end of Pennock Pass we stopped at the big, open area there to air up. It was nice to hang out for a bit, too.
We were all surprised to see so many people camping on the side of the road all the way to the highway. It was practically in traffic. Some people were perched on the sides of hills, and some nearly on the road. It was a little crazy. With so many amazing places to camp in Colorado, why there?
When we got down to the highway, a few of us stopped for dinner in the canyon. It was a great time out on the patio, and a great end to a fun day.