I am planning a trip to Pike National Forest with my family in June. We will be doing some day hikes around the area of Colorado Springs, Divide, and Buena Vista as I stumble into them but the crown on this trip for me will be about a 20 mile loop to McCurdy Mtn. I plan to start at Goose Creek and work my to the summit and then down and back around to Goose Creek again. This appears thus far to be an attainable peak for me (Missouri boy) as a 4 day trip.
Of course I'm taking my Clark knowing that means all camping needs to stay below treeline but on this trip it should be easy to do. I'm a little concerned about the storms that come up so fast. We were at Pancake rocks near Sentinel Point a few years ago when it seemed like a storm just appeared out of thin air on top of us. There was a mad dash to get down that day and it was WINDY to say the least. I have had some struggles with tarps in the wind in the past. Being at this elevation I'm sure I can pick a sheltered site and still be looking at some serious wind.
I'm interested in hearing if there are any other neat destinations in Pike NF? I'm sure there are tons but it's not always easy to find out about them. I have to keep the day hikes in the 4-6 mile round trip area with my 5 year old girl. She's got good legs but I don't like to turn a hike into a march for her where she isn't having fun. They both like water as a destination and My wife and I agree on Waterfalls, even small ones, as great destination spots. Lakes and really great views are on the menu too.
I'm also interested to hear if anyone has spent time in hammocks at 10-12K and has any thoughts on the matter.