Mace Path, Pueblo Mountain Park
Individuals who know Pueblo Mountain Park know the identify to be deceiving. The protect resembles no a part of the town constructed on metal. Throughout the Twenties growth, the town established this protect within the Moist Mountains about 30 miles west.
Now the park is maintained by a nonprofit. Nature and Wildlife Discovery Heart calls this its mountain campus — “a bit off the overwhelmed path,” reads the group’s web site, “which is likely one of the finest issues about it.”
Pueblo Mountain Park is close to the little-known mountain city of Beulah. Whereas the plenty flock to Lake Pueblo, these 6 miles of path stay flippantly trafficked. That’s regardless of them providing a equally refreshing break from the southern Colorado warmth. Ponderosa pines present shade, as do the towering rock partitions of Satan’s Canyon.
Ultimately go to, we opted for the Mace Path, which begins alongside the bend of the street simply forward of the canyon trailhead. Nature and Wildlife Discovery Heart credit Mace Path for showcasing the park’s various terrain. Certainly, alongside scenic saddles, montane woods and decrease shrublands are seen at both shoulder.
The well-marked path gently ascends to a cut up with the Lookout Path. We turned and rose larger to the overlook, the place we fastidiously stepped alongside a rocky backbone resulting in a platform constructed within the ‘30s.
Happy, we went again the way in which we got here. An alternative choice is to proceed south on Mace Path and loop again by way of Satan’s Canyon or proceed on to Tower Path.
Journey log: 2.1 miles spherical journey (out and again), 347 ft elevation acquire, 7,071 ft max
Getting there: From Colorado Springs, go south on Interstate 25 and exit for U.S. 50 west. In about 5 miles, go left on Pueblo Boulevard. In one other 5 miles, flip proper for Northern Avenue, which turns into Colorado 78. Drive about 23 miles to Beulah and comply with indicators to the park. Comply with filth street previous the previous baseball discipline to the trailhead.
FYI: Mountaineering and horseback using solely. Canines on leash. Park gates open at 6:30 a.m. and shut at darkish. Extra info at hikeandlearn.org.
SETH BOSTER, THE GAZETTE