This month, we went hunting for GOLD and we found it on the Angel of Shavano Trail! The Aspen trees are in full golden brilliance right now and this is a great way to see them!
We went out Hwy 50 toward Monarch Pass and took a right on County Road 240 towards Angel of Shavano Campground. On your right will be a parking area and trailhead marker for Angel of Shavano trail (pictured). The Colorado Trail extends both directions from the parking lot, so make sure to take the trail to the right of the trailhead sign.
From there, there is a good climb with a better view of golden-frosted mountains, and right when you get to the top, the trail takes you right into an Aspen grove, rolling you along gently on a highly runnable and very well-maintained trail. The Colorado Trail then takes you past Lipe Meadow to Blanks Cabin and joins up with the Angel of Shavano trail, which takes you to the Angel herself. But we were more interested in the Aspen groves and yellow-lit meadows along the way this time.
For a map and more pictures, check out our Trail of the Month Facebook Post