Awesome Hike! Upper Chimney Rock Loop!
Went on an awesome hike the other day. The Upper Chimney Loop Trail. This hike starts at the Thunder Mountain Trailhead and loops around Chimney Rock. It starts off flat with views of the valley heading back down Dry Creek Road. Coxcomb and Boyntan Canyon can both be seen. About half way through you turn towards Lizardhead Rock formation and get great views of Thunder Mountain. Then you start climbing.
My friend said this was an easy trail and she is super fit, so for her it was, but if you are more of an average hiker like me, I found this to be moderate. Especially in the noon-time sun. Now that summer is here, I am going to stick to morning hiking, because the heat can really suck your energy. It’s 2 and a quarter miles long.
Bring plenty of water. My friend brought her dog, and the poor pooch was super hot. Every time he saw shade he ran under the shady tree and laid down. We had plenty of water for him too. Be safe with your pets and bring enough water for you both. It’s also good to remember the ground can be hot. Their paws may not like walk on the hot dirt, so morning hikes are best. Or creek hikes to they can cool off easily.
The climb around Chimney Rock was well worth it. The views into the canyon were amazing. I forgot all about being tired as my jaw dropped. After you reach the summit, the rest is easy because it is all downhill. The hike took about an hour and a half. That’s with me stopping a lot for pics and rests in the shade with the puppy.