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A Year in Review: 2020

2020 has been a giant dumpster fire. On that, I think we can all agree. Pretty much everything that’s happened this year has been unprecedented. I can only hope that better things are on the horizon for 2021.

With all the lockdowns and travel restrictions, I’ve been more grateful than ever to live in Colorado. I know so many people did not have access to the outdoors this year the way we have. We had a couple months at the beginning of the pandemic where we were only able to venture out locally, which fortunately for us includes a good network of urban trails in and around our neighborhood. We were allowed to head up to the mountains again in early June and haven’t stopped since. It’s been a source of peace and normalcy, an escape in an otherwise chaotic year.

We’ve hiked. We’ve camped. We’ve backpacked. And despite not officially participating in the 52 Hike Challenge in 2020, I ended the year with 56 hikes totaling approximately 381 miles (613 km) and 89,000 feet (27,125 m) of elevation gain. Since I enjoyed documenting all my 2019 hikes for the challenge, I’ve decided to do so again this year. So here we have it: one photo (or two, or three) and the stats from each 2020 excursion. All of these adventures were done safely and in accordance with local COVID guidelines.

Snowshoeing a section of the Colorado Trail | Kenosha Pass, Colorado | 3 miles (4.8 km) | 460 feet (140 m) elevation gain

Summiting Carpenter Peak | Roxborough State Park, Colorado | 8.6 miles (13.9 km) | 1475 feet (450 m) elevation gain

Hiking Sleepy Lion Trail to Button Rock Dam | Button Rock Preserve, Colorado | 5.1 miles (8.2 km) | 920 feet (280 m) elevation gain

Snowshoeing part way to Lake Haiyaha (weather and poor trail conditions forced us to turn around) | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Summiting Bear Peak | Boulder, Colorado | 8.5 miles (13.7 km) | 2810 feet (855 m) elevation gain

Snowshoeing Mayflower Gulch | White River National Forest, Colorado | 5 miles (8 km) | 1000 feet (306 m) elevation gain

Attending the International Snow Sculpture Championships + visiting Isak Heartstone | Breckenridge, Colorado

Snowshoeing to Lost Lake | Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado | 4.2 miles (6.8 km) | 870 feet (265 m) elevation gain

Snowshoeing Rattlesnake Gulch | Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colorado | 3.8 miles (6.1 km) | 1200 feet (365 m) elevation gain

Hiking the Fountain Valley Loop | Roxborough State Park, Colorado | 2.3 miles (3.7 km) | 325 feet (99 m) elevation gain

Snowshoeing, archery, and a relaxing overnight stay at Snow Mountain Ranch to celebrate our anniversary | Granby, Colorado

XC skiing Trail Ridge Road | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | 7.6 miles (12.2 km) | 1160 feet (355 m) elevation gain

Snowshoeing to Lake Isabelle | Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado | 10.5 miles (16.9 km) | 900 feet (275 m) elevation gain

Hiking the Crystal-Catamount Reservoirs Loop | Green Mountain Falls, Colorado | 10 miles (16 km) | 2000 feet (615 m) elevation gain

Multiple short “hikes” close to home during COVID-19 lockdown | Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado | didn’t keep track of distance or elevation gain

Meadowlark-Plymouth Creek loop trail to Bill Couch Mountain summit | Deer Creek Canyon Park, Colorado | 6 miles (9.6 km) | 1315 feet (400 m) elevation gain

Hiking Shadow Pine Loop (Flying J Park) + Legault Mountain (Meyer Ranch Park) | Conifer, Colorado | 7.9 miles (12.7 km) | 1535 feet (470 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Boulder Lake | Eagles Nest Wilderness, Colorado | 5.6 miles (9 km) | 1500 feet (455 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Hell’s Hole | Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado | 9.3 miles (15 km) | 1915 feet (585 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Chicago Lakes | Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado | 9.8 miles (15.8 km) | 2000 feet (610 m) elevation gain

Summiting Chief Mountain | Arapaho National Forest, Colorado | 3.1 miles (5 km) | 1000 feet (305 m) elevation gain

Summer solstice hike to Beartracks Lake | Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado | 11 miles (17.7 km) | 2500 feet (760 m) elevation gain

Long weekend at Stillwater Campground | Arapaho National Recreation Area, Colorado

Summiting Mount Ida | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | 9.8 miles (15.8 km) | 2520 feet (769 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Strawberry Lake | Arapaho National Recreation Area, Colorado | 3.7 miles (6 km) | 980 feet (300 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Timberline Lake | San Isabel National Forest, Colorado | 5.5 miles (8.9 km) | 905 feet (275 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Hope Pass | Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado | 9.4 miles (15.1 km) | 3175 feet (970 m) elevation gain

Summiting Mount Audubon | Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado | 8 miles (12.9 km) | 2670 feet (815 m) elevation gain

Overnight backpacking trip in Blue Lakes Basin | Mount Sneffels Wilderness, Colorado | 8.4 miles (13.5 km) | 2400 feet (730 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Columbine Lake | San Juan National Forest, Colorado | 7.5 miles (12.1 km) | 2400 feet (730 m) elevation gain

Overnight backpacking trip in Ice Lake Basin | San Juan National Forest, Colorado | 8.5 miles (13.7 km) | 2500 feet (760 m) elevation gain

Weekend camping trip at State Forest State Park, Colorado

Hiking to American Lakes and Thunder Pass | State Forest State Park, Colorado | 10.1 miles (16.3 km) | 1920 feet (585 m) elevation gain

Evening hike to Lake Agnes | State Forest State Park, Colorado | 1.6 miles (2.6 km) | 450 feet (135 m) elevation gain

Climbing Lily Mountain | Estes Park, Colorado | 4 miles (6.4 km) | 1150 feet (350 m) elevation gain

Overnight backpacking trip to Lion Lakes | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | 15.4 miles (24.8 km) | 3300 feet (1005 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Rogers Pass and Heart Lakes | James Peak Wilderness, Colorado | 8.6 miles (13.8 km) | 2300 feet (700 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Loch Vale with my cousins | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | 6 miles (9.6 km) | 1050 feet (320 m) elevation gain

4 day/3 night backpacking trip on the Four Pass Loop | Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado | 28 miles (45 km) | 7500 feet (2285 m) elevation gain

This hike was far too amazing to choose just one photo…

Fall colors drive over Boreas Pass, including a quick hike up to Black Powder Pass | Summit County, Colorado | 3 miles (4.8 km) | 700 feet (215 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Shelf Lake | Guanella Pass, Colorado | 7 miles (11.3 km) | 2000 feet (610 m) elevation gain

Hiking the Missouri Lakes/Fancy Pass Loop | Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado | 9.5 miles (15.3 km) | 2820 feet (860 m) elevation gain

Hiking the Tanglewood Trail | Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado | 8.7 miles (14 km) | 2695 feet (821 m) elevation gain

Summiting Bison Peak | Lost Creek Wilderness, Colorado | 11.8 miles (19 km) | 3750 feet (1143 m) elevation gain

Halloween hike at Pine Valley Ranch | Conifer, Colorado | 3.4 miles (5.5 km) | 720 feet (220 m) elevation gain

Climbing Twin Sisters Peak | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | 7.4 miles (11.9 km) | 2400 feet (730 m) elevation gain

Hiking to Mohawk Lakes | White River National Forest, Colorado | 9.7 miles (15.6 km) | 2160 feet (660 m) elevation gain

Hiking the Walker Ranch Loop | Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colorado | 7.9 miles (12.7 km) | 1640 feet (500 m) elevation gain

First (partial) snowshoe outing of the season | Loch Lomond, Colorado | 6.1 miles (9.8 km) | 1295 feet (395 m) elevation gain

Thanksgiving Day hike to Delicate Arch | Arches National Park, Utah | 3 miles (4.8 km) | 500 feet (150 m) elevation gain

Multiple short hikes in The Needles district | Canyonlands National Park, Utah | 9.7 miles (15.6 km) | 1375 feet (420 m) elevation gain

Multiple short hikes in Island in the Sky district | Canyonlands National Park, Utah | 9.1 miles (14.6 km) | 650 feet (200 m) elevation gain

Summiting Deer Mountain | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | 6.2 miles (10 km) | 1400 feet (425 m) elevation gain

Morning-after-a-snowstorm hike to Chair Rocks | 10.1 miles (16.3 km) | 900 feet (275 m) elevation gain

Summiting Mount Morrison | Matthews/Winters Park, Colorado | 4 miles (6.4 km) | 2022 feet (616 m) elevation gain

Day-after-Christmas hike to Sky Pond | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | 9.8 miles (15.8 km) | 1750 feet (533 m) elevation gain

25 thoughts on “A Year in Review: 2020”

  1. Wow! You got in a ton of hiking and snowshoeing. What a great review and reminder of how lucky you are to live and play in such a beautiful state (and have access to amazing neighbouring states). Beautiful photos. That Stillwater campground especially caught my eye.

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  2. We’ve also been fortunate and could spend time outdoors during the pandemic. I’m glad we had the 52 Hike Challenge to keep us busy this year and gave us a goal to work towards. I actually got the idea to participate in the challenge from you!! So many thanks for the inspiration. Happy hiking in 2021!

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      1. I was thinking about it. I was looking into the Adventure Series of the 52 Hike Challenge, but might be a bit challenging given the pandemic. Not sure about the group hike or doing a hike from my bucket list given the travel restrictions. I think I’m going to do an “Ontario Parks Challenge” and try to visit as many provincial parks in my home province as I can. What about you?

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      2. Oh that’s a fun idea! I think I’m going to shoot for 100k feet of elevation gain next year (since i was pretty close this year), which will hopefully inspire me to finally do some of the summits on my list.

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    1. Haha yeah, I’m a few months behind so not all of these posts have been written yet. I also sometimes don’t write an entire post for shorter or less interesting hikes, so some of these will eventually be lumped together into one post with other hikes in the same area.

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