A 45 minute drive from Colorado Springs, Colorado, just outside the "City Above the Clouds", also known as Woodland Park, brings you views of Pikes Peak (14,115 feet) that are breathtaking. From here, the gentler eastern slopes of "America's Mountain" give way to a rugged face with cliff bands, couloirs, and narrow snow chutes, which dramatically alter the identity of the Peak. Early February brought Winter Storm Kayla through Colorado, dumping up to 3 feet of snow in some parts of the state. The Front Range saw its fair share, with nearly 2 feet falling at the higher elevations. On my last school snow day, I ventured up to Rampart Range Road to see how the season's biggest storm - so far - had transformed the landscape. Rampart Range Road, which is closed from Garden of the Gods north to Rampart Reservoir during the winter months, is still accessible from Woodland Park year-round. More specifically, Loy Creek Road and Schubarth Trail are two roads, both accessed from Rampart Range Road, that take you to sweeping views of the Pikes Peak massif. Fortunately, these roads stay plowed, even after heavy snowfall. The following images were taken early on Wednesday, February 3:
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