Perfection in a Little Hike

I spent a most enjoyable few days this past October on a ‘Girls Trip’ to Pagosa Springs, here in Colorado. Our days were spent exploring Pagosa Springs, eating, walking, playing, laughing, and included a day trip to Durango. We had massages and a sugar scrub at The Pagohsa Spa before relaxing in the Pagosa Hot Springs next door, where we met some wonderful ladies from Angel Fire who were enjoying their own trip similar to ours. It was one of those trips that easily make you forget what day it is. Treasure Falls SignOur trip home was pretty memorable as well with a couple of stops at two waterfall trails. One of those stops was at Treasure Falls, located east of Pagosa Springs on Hwy 160, just before Wolf Creek Pass. Treasure Falls was named after Treasure Mountain; which holds local legend of buried gold. We saw no gold and did no digging while we were there!

Thank You sign
They’re very friendly in the San Juan National Forest!

The trailhead, perfect for a quick pull-over adventure, is right off the south side of the highway. The dirt trail leads up the side of a forested hill, providing exceptional views throughout. While walking up the well-maintained trail, each of us explored different features of the hike, seeking our own inner joys along the way. The early morning air was autumn-crisp and we could hear the rushing water of the falls, beckoning us onward. Tall trees and the yellow, orange and russet leaves of the bushes enveloped the trail.Treasure Falls Trail5 bridge belowThe short, moderately steep hike took us close to the base of the falls, where we found a foot bridge for viewing.

We paused on the bridge to take in all the surrounding beauty our hearts could stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the foot bridge
View of the falls from the foot bridge

3-2 Overlook-Falls sign

View of Falls from Misty Deck
View of the falls from Misty Deck

A switchback trail took us a bit closer to the plunge base, called the ‘Misty Deck’ where hikers can view and feel the spray of the falls. The sunshine hadn’t yet climbed over the mountain, so it was a little chilly standing there being ‘misted’ by the falls. (When my friend, Diane, and I visited these falls in July, the mist was much more inviting on a hot day!) We paused to take photos and to, once again, fill our souls with the awesomeness.

9 sun through treesT8 sun peeking on trailhe sun finally peeked through the trees on our way back down to the parking lot. We welcomed every single ray of the sun that managed to squeeze through the tall trees to touch our shoulders.7 view with tree frames11 road below

10 view of mtn black tree frame

12 our morning picnic breakfastFinishing our descent, we enjoyed a picnic breakfast from the back of the van. Our unusual breakfast consisted of leftover cold Quiche (Excellent, Donna!), fresh fruit, and fabulous homemade zucchini bread (Yummy, Deb!). Enjoying the fresh air and relaxing after our mini adventure, it was one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever enjoyed. It filled our bellies and got us started on the next leg of our trip home. (“What was your contribution to this fabulous breakfast?” you ask? Let me refer to you my blog post “Not a Cook.”)

If you’re ever in the area of Wolf Creek Pass and Pagosa Springs, be sure to add a stop at Treasure Falls to your itinerary. (Picnic meal from the back of a vehicle is optional!)

~J

Daisies
Playing around with my camera in the parking lot

 

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12 thoughts on “Perfection in a Little Hike

  1. Thanks for the pictures! It brought back the breathlessness of the hike, the bracing scent of the aspen leaves, the crisp fall air and, of course, the delicious back-of-van breakfast. You say it’s optional. I say it’s an essential part of the hiking experience.

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