|Lovers Leap from LL Campground hike
|Trip Date: 11/11/2014
Distance: 5.1 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1000'
Group Size: 3
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|My daughter, Sierra at the first information sign near the Pony Express trailhead from the campground.|
|Checking out the historical location known as Monk Rock not too far from the start of today's hike.|
|A little bit of detail about Monk Rock, along with a background shot of Lovers Leap towering high above this early part of the trail.|
|Parts of the first mile of trail are extremely rocky. Must not have been much fun to be on this during the Pony Express days.|
|One for information sign along the trail, this one talking about Slippery Ford just a few hundred feet up the way.|
|Along the way are markers tagged with "XP," for Pony Express which point the correct direction at junction spots.|
|No idea what this was the remains of, but it was very interesting to check out along the way.|
|Making our way up the trail as it started to get a little steeper, with Rocky Canyon and Pyramid Peak in the background.
|The view along the trail toward Freel Peak in the distance. Mt. Ralston can just be seen at the top left of the picture.|
|Sign marking the top of Lovers Leap along with some helpful advice for visitors to the location.|
|Views to the north from the top of Lovers Leap.
|Our lunch spot looking down at Strawberry and further west had a pretty great view of the highway 50 area.|
|My daughter was pretty excited to find out there would be no more uphill the rest of the trip.|
|The preservation society has painted some of the original graffiti from the pony express riders found on a rock along the way.|
|The trail on the way back offers this great view of the rock face of Lovers Leap towering high above you.|
|Lots of leaves on the ground as we neared the end of the hike.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|