Hiking Bob: Road Trip hike: Booger Red Hill; Improvements coming to Paint Mines | Hiking Bob

In a previous column, I featured a hike in a place called “Booger Red,” an obscure place with an unusual name and great views. This week’s hike is to the summit of Booger Red Hill, which starts at the same trailhead, but goes in a different direction and offers a different experience. 

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How To Get There: Take Teller County Road 1 south from U.S. Highway 24 in Florissant for a little over 9 miles, and then turn right onto Teller County Road 11 (follow sign for Cañon City). After another 4 miles, bear left and remain on CR 11 where it meets CR 112 (again, follow sign for Cañon City). About 4 miles later, right after a sharp right-hand bend in the road, look for a BLM sign for “Booger Red” on the left side of the road (see slideshow). 

Things to Know: This is a moderate hike with some short, steep, uphill segments. BLM closes the gate off of CR 11 when road 5808 is wet, so don’t go right after a heavy rainstorm. You can check on BLM road closures at this website, or call the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office: 719-269-8500.  There are no water or restroom facilities available at the trailhead or along this hike. 

As always, when traveling, check your destination for any COVID-19 restrictions. Don’t become an unwanted burden, especially on small towns.

In other news, the El Paso County Parks Department announced at the Sept. 9 Parks Advisory Board meeting $300,000 of improvements and repairs to the popular, and often beleaguered, Paint Mines Interpretive Park near Calhan. The projects, funded by the CARES Act stimulus relief funds in response to COVID-19, will be used to restore 14,600 feet of “tier 1” trail, construct 1,500 feet of new trails, install 12 new drainage culverts, add 20 new parking slots at the main parking lot, and install 22 new wayfinding signs. In addition, 1,200 feet of rogue trails will be decommissioned, 1,600 feet of additional fence will be installed, and additional work will be done to control erosion. According to El Paso County Community Services Department Director Tim Wolken, the work is expected to begin in the next few weeks and will be completed by the end of the year.  There may be temporary closures of trails in the immediate vicinity of work areas once the projects start, but no full closures of the park are anticipated, said Wolken.

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