Bergen Peak Trail – Elk Meadow Park Open Space
We enjoyed an excellent hike today at the Elk Meadow Park, a Jefferson County Open Space Park. Although the park was a little busy, we found that the higher we went, the fewer people we saw. We ended up hiking a total of seven miles in about three hours.
The snow and rain over the last couple of months has really done its job. Everywhere we looked was green and moist. It almost makes you wonder if you are still in Colorado. We saw a number of wildflowers and flowering bushes. Lots of yellow, white and blue to highlight the green. In addition, we were amazed by the amount of white quartz. Some huge specimens that almost glowed. In some places, it looked like snow was still holding on the hill. One of the most beautiful pieces of quartz that I found had veins of red and even some of the white quartz looked a little cloudy with the red.
And the views were tremendous! We were watching the whole time as the clouds moved in, but it made the views look even more dramatic. Unfortunately, the thunder and impending storm kept us from getting to the top of Bergen Peak, but it still was an excellent workout. The good news is that we had made it back to the bottom just as the rain really started to come down.
We are so lucky that Jeffco has spent the money and resources to develop the open space system. Do yourself a favor – take advantage of it!