Hiking Bob: Journey hike– St. Charles Height

Colorado Highway 165 starts in the town of Colorado City and winds its way through the Wet Mountains and the San Isabel National Forest, before ending at Colorado Highway 96, about 20 miles from the town of Westcliffe.  A Colorado Scenic Byway, the road lives up to its designation, with stands of towering aspens and evergreens, wildflowers and ranch land along its route in the shadow of Greenhorn Mountain.  The iconic Bishop Castle, a uniquely Colorado oddity and popular tourist destination, lies along the highway, as does the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Isabel Recreation Area. There are plenty of hiking, backpacking and camping opportunities along this stretch of road, and on my recent short visit there, I had time for just a couple of hikes.…

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