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Month: May 2019

Wonderful Places of Colorado: The Molas Pass

The Molas Pass is one of the best places to visit in Colorado.  The Pass is a high mountain pass at above 10000 feet located West of Colorado in the San Juan Mountains in the US. The San Juan National Forest surrounds the Pass. The Million Dollar Highway, the San Juan Skyway Byway passes through the pass. The Molas Pass is usually open during the winter season. The Molas is the last mountain pass in which riders compete against the Train from Durango to Silverton.

Things to know about the Molas Pass

The Molas Pass is very popular on peak seasons and once can easily access it off the US 550. In the major part of a good year, the Molas Pass is above treeline. The fascinating part of this is that the meadows are painted with wildflowers. Climbing the Little Molas Lake and through the Little, Molas Carpark gives you access to the 11000 ft peak of the mountain pass. The trail continues to the North Lime Creek.

As much as the trail is not quite steep, some people find it hard to get to the peak due because of its high altitude. On embarking on the trail, always take between two to three liters in between the day to avoid dehydration by altitude sickness.

The trail splits in the first three miles. Keep right at both intersections. Mile 3 of the trail entails a track to your left. In the case, you wish to do a ten-mile day hike, take the first major creek crossing. In case you want to embark on an overnight trail, pack for the night and use the traditional campsite just close to the Lime Creek at the sixth Mile.

Always be conscious of the weather. This will ensure you handle exposed sections of the trail with caution as you hike the Molas Pass. During months of summer and thunderstorms, trail during afternoons.

Who to take to the Molas Pass

The Molas is an interesting place. With all the fun that you will on its trails surfaces, walls, restaurants, caves, peaks, and camps, remember to carry a camera. This is a good place for the experienced and lovers of hiking, families, and friends. On arrival, it is good first to ensure you are at your best before embarking on a trail to its peak or any point you plan to get to.

Fun things to do on the Molas Pass

The Molas is known for many things, but there are fun things to do to get the best out of a trip on the Molas Pass

Hiking and camping

On the Molas Pass most commonly is the hiking, not many hikes in the night and therefore hiking in the night leads to camping. Camping in a place that carries a history of many years can be fun. Camping next to the Little Molas Lake has been termed as the best things to do in Colorado.

Outlooking

The Molas Pass farthest peak is at around 11 000 ft. The snowcaps do not stretch to the point of not seeing the other side. With this goo altitude, one enjoys the scenic and lovely appearance of the areas surrounding the Molas Pass like the railway line from Durango to the Silverton station.

 

Biking

Instead of taking the train, a ride alongside the Durango and Silverton train is fun. Hiring a bicycle in the camps can help with that. Riding along the Durango and Silverton is termed one of the best road hikes in Colorado and the entire US.

Regulations, procedures, and directions

The starting point of your trip is Durango. Ride north on the US 550 and on reaching the Purgatory Resort, go down to the Call Bank Pass 10,640 feet. You will get to the Molas Pass in the next miles from the Coal Bank Pass. Continue half a mile to get to the C84 before taking a left and proceeding to a rough road, and you will be at the Little Molas Campground and carpark. There follow long drops, and a trail at the edge of the carparks intersects with the CT in a few hundred meters.

After the hike, you can also take a ride north on the 550 popularly termed, the Million Dollar Highway. This section makes up for one of Colorado’s finest drives. In seven miles you will be at the mining town of Silverton, the destination of the Durango and Silverton railroad.

Find Yourself in Usambara Rainforest

Destroying rainforest for the sake of economic gain is compared to burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. Whenever the country Tanzania comes to our minds, we probably think Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, or Ngorongoro Crater. Even though these beautiful natures are world-famous, there is more to Tanzania than meets the eye.

The Usambara Mountains, stretching into neighboring Kenya and located in the north-eastern corner of Tanzania, are one of Tanzania’s hidden treasures. The Usambara Mountains are unique, containing protected lush stretches, possess rich biodiversity and have a virgin tropical rainforest; this makes them amongst the last true Tanzanian wildernesses.

The Usambara Rainforest is a hiker’s paradise. It possesses stunning views, magically winding paths, a round-every-corner kind of adventure and a cool climate which is refreshing. Have you been looking for an experience that is beyond the usual tourist spots? Then Usambara Rainforest is your answer; it will not break the bank. If you search more unusual options such as Usambara Rainforest you should read this essay on traveling.

The Usambara Rainforest is ideal for biking and hiking since it has breath-taking viewpoints, a magnificent landscape, and vivid hillsides.

Why you should find yourself in Usambara Rainforest

  • The Usambaras is yet to be fully explored, so now is the time to go
  • It gives a high value for money in that within a short time, your expenditure will be little, and you are also getting lots of impressions
  • Within three days only, you will be packed with experiences which will make you feel as if you have been toured the place for weeks
  • The Usambara mountains scene is as striking. You can start by picturing yourself in a Hollywood surreal production where everything is perfectly jaw-dropping

There are many places in the Usambaras where you can visit, which are all breathlessly beautiful- It is for sure a tough choice. They comprise the Eastern Arc Mountains easternmost ranges. These ranges are situated in the Lushoto District of Tanga, approximately 90 kilometers long and about half that wide. They formed as a result of uplifting and faulting, nearly two million years ago, and are composed of Precambrian metamorphic rocks.

They are Usambara Rainforest has been split into two sub-ranges;

  1. The West Usambaras, which are higher
  2. East Usambaras, which receive more rainfall is nearer the coast

Virgin tropical rainforest found in this mountains is a center of endemism and has been isolated for a very long period of time. Whenever you plan to visit the Usambara Rainforest, ensure that your adventures encompass in all the following inspiring highlights:

  1. Lushoto

In a shady valley is a bustling town, Lushoto. It is the heartland of the Wasaamba people and the capital of the Usambara Mountains region. Lusaka is a great base to do some short hikes for example to the Mkusu and Magamba Forest Reserves and Irente Viewpoint. It is advisable to start your Usambara adventure here.

 

  1. Irente Viewpoint

Irente Viewpoint is an easy 6-kilometer walk from Lushoto. You will wander through cultivate farmland and villages up to the Irente Viewpoint. Do not look down since it is an 800-meter vertical drop.

Stop at Swedish-owned Irente Farm Lodge on your way back. You will experience a biodiversity reserve for a healthy farm lunch of cheese, bread, and yogurt, which are home-made jam which includes pineapple and fresh fruit. You can as well check out how they make their cheese.

  1. Mambo

This is a delightful village high up in the mountains. There is a constant energy bustling of regular Tanzanians living their lives and a colorful Thursday market. Here, you will find a warm welcome here being a hub for some incredible experiences.

You can stay at the MamboViewPoint Lodge which is a comfortable eco-lodge that is perched on a dizzying cliff’s edge, with fantastic, spectacular views at 360 degrees. The lodge possesses a campsite as well as a full menu of activities which include bike riding, Mambo Caves visit, hiking for three hours to a series of geological accidents. These have hidden Mambo villagers from attacks by the Maasai for centuries, with traces of ancient peoples.

There is also a series of preserved “footprints” in a rock which could be ancient hominids’ tracks entirely something else. The MamboViewPoint Lodge can as well arrange cookery lessons, Kiswahili lessons or a traditional healer visit.

  1. Mtae

This is a tiny hilltop village. It gives a view over Tsavo Plains, down to Mkomazi National Park. Kilimanjaro is seen on a clear day the rooftop of Africa. Also take a trip to nearby Mazumba Forest to take an evening walk amidst chameleon and colobus, the butterflies, and tea plantation and factory.

  1. Shagayu Forest

Rich in biodiversity and one of the oldest natural forests, botanists will love to hunt for the flora and fauna species which are unique to the Usambara Rainforest. Watch out for the Usambara weaverbird, rare juniper calodendrum eickii, African Violet, the little akalat in the montane forests and the chunky Usambara Eagle Owl.

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