at kettle ponds

Happy Hiking: Kettle Ponds

For the first time since Memorial Day, I finally got to reconnect with Jim, Diana, and Danelle to hike Kettle Ponds.  My fellow hiking buddies, along with Zoe the dog, were staying up in Breckenridge Saturday night.  Annie and I arose early Sunday morning to meet them in Silverthorne, CO at the trailhead.

HAPPY HIKING!

Van Life: Layout and Selections

The next step in my van build was to complete the layout and selections for the custom build.  This process took several iterations between me and Wanderful Wheels.  Fortunately, I had seen pictures of two vans I liked and combined the best of both for my needs for my build which made the process a little easier for a novice.

Having said that, I have had a house built, so I am very aware to pay close attention to the details. By the end of the planning process, I probably drove Colleen crazy with all my questions, but if so, she didn’t let on. She was very patient with me and provided all the information I requested. Below are the some of the things I considered while determining the layout and selections.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Six Mine Hikes Near Breckenridge

With the wildflower and fall seasons complete, and the weather getting a bit cold for 14ers in my opinion, hiking to mines is a good option.  There are several mine hikes near Breckenridge of varying levels.  Some are even popular for snow shoeing as winter approaches.

HAPPY HIKING!
on the way to Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Happy Hiking: Raccoon Trail

On the recommendation of a friend, I visited Golden Gate Canyon State Park to hike Raccoon Trail.  After all, there is likely a reason it is named “Golden”.  The state park includes several trails and features many golden aspen trees. 

HAPPY HIKING!
the girls

Happy Hiking: Sheep Creek Trail

I had the pleasure to join a handful of ladies on a hike on Sheep Creek Trail this past week.  Amazingly, despite having driven the 285 Corridor countless times, I hadn’t heard of this trail or turned off into this National Forest Area outside of Fairplay, Colorado.

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Happy Hiking: Mount Princeton

I recently tackled my fourth fourteener of the summer, or should I say the first of the fall, upon summitting Mount Princeton with my friend Cat and Tanya. We selected Mount Princeton to celebrate Tanya’s final summit in the Sawatch range. 

HAPPY HIKING!

Happy Hiking: Rosalie to Abyss Trail

The Plan

With our property located near Bailey, I have hiked most of the out-and-back surrounding trails off 285 and Guanella Pass.  As a result, I have been trying to mix it up with different combinations on trails.  Today, my friends, Tanya and Jimmy, joined me in a point to point which combined a portion of Rosalie Trail with Abyss Trail.

Up until the State of Colorado created the app, COTREX, I wasn’t sure how long the hike would be.  Now, however, hikers may use the measurement tool to calculate distances.  Admittedly, I still faced some user error, as upon proposing it to my friends, I came up with 8+ miles and 12+ miles.  I’m still uncertain of the exact length as our watches indicated a 10 mile hike.

HAPPY HIKING!
aspen grove on Game Creek Trail

Happy Hiking: Game Creek Trail

Boy did I hit the gold mine, or should I say the gold colors for fall hiking on Game Creek Trail.  What a lucky pick! 

I took VANgo on her maiden voyage to Minturn, Colorado.  On Thursday, I hiked nine miles to Grouse Lake.  I also planned to hike twelve miles on Saturday.  As much as I wanted to hike to Booth Lake, 10 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation, it seemed a little daunting for three days of hiking in a row with a bad knee.  In addition, it is heavily trafficked with little parking.

HAPPY HIKING!
Me and Annie at Grouse Lake

Happy Hiking: Grouse Lake Trail

Every time I pass through Minturn and Vail, I tell myself, next fall I will hike there.  Due to previous travel and mistiming my visits, I wasn’t able to take full advantage of the magnificent fall foliage until this past week when I hiked Grouse Lake Trail.

VANgo

Not only did I enjoy amazing fall colors, I took VANgo on her maiden voyage, all be it only as a cargo van for now, not a decked-out camper.  VANgo handled the roads nicely and has some get up and go power.  It will be interesting to see how she operates when she is filled to the brim!  I’m looking forward to the full build which will start in December because camping was a little cold!  But I digress.

HAPPY HIKING!
brian, erin and beth at lower Chicago Lake

Happy Hiking: Chicago Lakes

WOW!  I have wanted to hike Chicago Lakes Trail for a while, but I had no idea what I had been missing.  The scenery on this 9.6-mile trek is nothing short of spectacular.

The trailhead for Chicago Lakes begins at Echo Lake at the top of Squaw Pass Road.  This popular area is is situated next to Mount Evans Road which leads to the summit of one of Colorado’s famous 14ers.

HAPPY HIKING!