Glacier, ice cold lake, sunny skies, and people lounging in hammocks. Its like a Colorado beach scene. Some people even jump in the water (although they are shrieking uncomfortably like wild babboons). Others play with their dogs, picnic, listen to reggae and dance around, or simply sit and enjoy the sun and beautiful alpine environment.
It’s only a quick drive from down town Denver to this Evergreen, Colorado park that offers 17.1 trail miles to hike, bike, or ride. Its got meadows, forested areas,variable terrain, and great views. It is a very popular park and you may have to park on the road, but you’ll likely only run into a handful of people.
Located in the heart of the Mojave desert. Two hours from the Los Angeles area just outside of Palm Springs, three hours from both Phoenix and Las Vegas, it’s still a world away. Those spikey, alien looking trees that pop up on terrain paints something that looks closer to a Martian landscape painted by Frank Frazetta than anything you’ve seen on Earth. Being so close to millions of people makes this a pretty popular park. Deserts are lands of temperatureRead More→
Need a healthy and yummy snack for the trail? This granola is easy to make and everybody loves it. I eat variations on this granola most mornings with some greek yogurt and that keeps me full for hiking, running, cutting down trees, picking daisies, or whatever it is I’m doing that day. Also some homemade granola in a nice jar makes a good gift. Follow this easy recipe for some great trail treats for your next hike.
The weather has cooled off and there is a crispness in the air. Slowly the trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses are changing colors as they die or become dormant for winter. But what a sight! Those golds, oranges, maroons, browns, and violets- they are going out with a bang! It’s a great time to hike. It’s beautiful, a contrast to green summer days, and you might not even break a sweat with the chill in the air. But that cool airRead More→
At the peak of a 14er you are on top of the continental United States. You can see countless miles into the distance. You get this feeling of being tiny in a crazy big world, nestled up next to giant mountains, like fat blue whales floating in the sea. It is humbling to see, feel, and know that these mountains are there. They continue through the eons of time, while people climb them over and over again- little ants on a path. Whatever problemRead More→
For those of us that need the outdoors just as much as we need water to drink, heading to the mountains, national parks, or just the countryside can cause a time crunch when you’re trying to balance out the rest of your life (ugh, work). Why not go exploring inside your city?
I couldn’t stop scratching my belly. I scratched my left calf. The itch on my neck went off again. Then my elbow. In a quiet symphony of itchiness the surface of my skin buzzed and hummed and kept me awake. I heard my dear friend, MD, still awake too, trying to settle into her sleeping bag. It wasn’t just the bites keeping us awake that night; more than anything it was the reason we had gotten the bites in theRead More→
Hiking with a dog can be one of the best experiences of your life, or one of the worst if not planned for accordingly. In the following article, we will look at all the essentials needed for taking your puppy on the trail.
Tired of being surrounded by blistering hot pavement in the city? Get up to the mountains for natural air conditioning on the trails. Here in Colorado, front range city dwellers escape to the mountains to cool off and soak up some natural beauty. While weather along the front range mountains can be extremely variable, these top ten hiking essentials will work for any mountainous area.