This might actually be my favorite winter hike of all time. My first trip to Mayflower Gulch was with a friend in early 2019; the second visit was actually just this last weekend with Pat. Mayflower Gulch is a beautiful winter destination. The only downfall is that to get there from Denver one must brave the ski traffic on I-70. And boy does it suck.
I never really gave any thought to winter hiking until we moved to Denver. I'd been snowshoeing twice, but that's about it. Here in Colorado, though, there are some truly stunning winter hiking opportunities, so we decided to tackle a new challenge. Before heading out for a hike in winter conditions, there are some additional considerations that aren't a typical part of summer hiking. With lots of help from other people and some of my own research, I've gradually acquired the knowledge and gear necessary to stay warm and safe while winter hiking. That's what I'd like to pass along to you today. We'll talk about necessary and optional gear, choosing an appropriate hike, and what to expect when you're on the trail.
Historically, I've wrapped up each year with a summary of our annual highlights. I'm going to do the same this year, but with a little twist. In 2019, for the first time ever, I participated in the 52 Hike Challenge. This is exactly what it sounds like: the challenge of completing 52 hikes in 52… Continue reading A Year in Review: #52HikeChallenge 2019
Ask someone from Denver what the must-do hike is in Rocky Mountain and a vast majority will probably say Sky Pond. The jagged mountain ridge lines above this high mountain lake are pretty iconic. And it’s just a neat hike. The Sky Pond hike begins at the Glacier Gorge trailhead, whose small parking lot fills… Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Loch Vale and Sky Pond
As some of you may have already noticed, I’ve decided to do a little bit of organizing here on the blog since we’ll be living in Colorado for the foreseeable future and most of my posts will be about the state. So far, I’ve begun a Rocky Mountain National Park series of posts and this… Continue reading Colorado Day Hikes: Herman Gulch
Most everyone hoping to conquer their first Colorado 14,000 foot (4267 m) peak faces the same dilemma (or, shall I say, quandary?): what’s the easiest one to start with? By most accounts, Mount Bierstadt and Quandary Peak are two of the “easier” ones, but I put easier in quotes because it’s all relative. There are… Continue reading Conquering our First Colorado 14er – Quandary Peak
I saw something on Facebook a while back about the cycle of summiting mountains, which could very easily be applied to many hikes/climbs/other challenging adventures. It was something along the lines of "Summit mountain → Arrive back home exhausted and swear you’ll never put yourself through that kind of torture again → Recover from soreness… Continue reading Colorado Day Hikes: Cascade Creek Trail to Lone Eagle Peak