I am up early, looking toward Pike's Peak. Beautiful scene.
The drive to the park is short and across from an Army base. Reveille is being played.
I selected a few different trails and a local got me started as I was confused at first. The warning about lions and bears got my attention. I had a hiking pole and banged it frequently against rocks. Would hate to surprise a creature.
Hot air balloons in the distance. The first 1.5 miles is mostly walking in a meadow. A beautiful scene but not the intensity I wanted.
I saw no mention of a trail to the peak but upon arriving at the park, there was a notice of one. Too bad but I didn't have the time to climb the mountain anyway.
I passed through this peaceful scene as I returned to the parking lot with 4.4 miles and the completion of kind of a lame hike. I use "hikearizona" for trail and route info but since I am here, I've been relying on "Alltrails". The trail reviews frequently overstate the difficulty.