Hike: Dowdy Draw (5.01 mi)

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Weekly hiking series continues. I knew trails could be muddy up high this week so I planned for less elevation gain this week so we could stay out of the mud. So we headed back over to Eldorado Springs for a trip from the Dowdy Draw trailhead. The trail was dry except for patches next to snow fields where the run-off was creating quite a mess. We did our best to stay on the trail proper and not create more social offshoots. Unfortunately, as you merge onto the Spring Brook trails, dogs have to go back on leash. My dog is retarded and doesn’t know how to walk on a leash anymore.

Dowdy Draw

One of the muddy spots. No big deal but I was just waiting for Kim (or I) to slip and fall on our butt and be all muddy.

Dowdy Draw

I could hear the train coming through the canyon up high. If you click through on the picture here, you can see it 1/2 up the mountain. I believe this track comes from out around Rollinsville from the Moffat Tunnel where I have taken many on the ATVs.

Dowdy Draw

About a mile back, we saw 3 deer flying across the field. You couldn’t hear them. They just caught my peripheral vision. I didn’t get a photo so I was bummed. We always have to prove to the girls what we saw. Then I noticed this guy.

Dowdy Draw

Then as we got closer to him (staying on the trail, of course), we saw another guy down to the right. A baby!

Dowdy Draw

The trail continued forward and we walked within 20 feet of this guy. I swear Wyatt didn’t even see the baby laying there. It never moved. Just chewed grass and was like “Hey, humans…what’s up?”.

Dowdy Draw

Kim and I were realizing this is why dogs have to be leashed here. The deer are all over and not intimidated by people that much. There ended up being probably 10 deer just standing around in the trees here. You just kept finding more as you focused and looked for them. As we continued on, I saw 3 more deer running up above us on a ridge line. Something told me to grab my video this time because they were going to run right across the front of us. Just as I got it rolling…we got a surprise!

We continued on up to the plateau and then decided to drop down onto the Fowler Trail to get back to Dowdy Draw. I let Kim and Kayla and Wyatt hang out at the trailhead while I stripped off my shirt and ran down the road to the car about a mile away. It was 70+ degrees and sunny and I was sort of bummed when I reached the car and had to drive back. I really wanted to keep motoring along!

Dowdy Draw

As for the baby, another great day! She started getting antsy as we got onto the Fowler Trail so Kim shed her backpack, took the baby, and nursed her while walking down the trail. So talented!

Dowdy Draw

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We went 5.01 miles with an elevation gain of 620 feet in 01:54:59, which is an average pace of 22:56. View my GPS data.