In planning my schemes to explore the steep slopes above Palmer Lake, I anticipated having to navigate through some cliffy areas with forest as well as some undesirable vegetation patches. Instead of locking in on a specific route I started up the slope in the hopes that previous trail blazers would have created paths for me once I got near some of the tight spots.
I was not disappointed. After a steep scramble I found a well worn path cutting across the slope.
Some of the paths even had some nap sites.
These paths were blazed by a combination of herbivores. I suspect one set was developed by cattle. Another set was developed by deer. I flushed a few of them from their day time naps sites. The deer tracts and cattle tracts or combinations of both were pretty good at getting me through some cliffy areas; however, they tend to fade and spread into hard to trace routes when the slope opened up. The bighorn sheep tracts were useful, but they faded on rocky areas and some of the tracts tested my comfort with exposure.
But all together I appreciated all the trail blazing that got me past some cliff areas that I would otherwise may have been flummoxed by.