Sprague Lake redux

Glacier Basin Campground to Sprague Lake and back (2 miles, +200/-200 feet). We had to drive back early today to return the RV, but not before an early morning return to Sprague Lake. And guess what!  ZoZo got her moose! He was with a lady friend. And from across the distance we could also hear…

Alpine Ridge Trail, et al.

Alpine Ridge Trail, Adams Falls Trail, and some random alpine cross country (3 miles, +600/-600 feet). Today was more a car-touring day than a hiking day, but some of our short hikes were notable.  First there was a short hike to 12,000 feet from the Alpine Visitor Center. We drove down to Grand Lake to…

Bierstadt Lake

Bear Lake to Hollowell Park (5 miles, +400/-1,500 feet). Today we were looking for a downhill hike, and thanks the the shuttle system in Rocky Mountain National Park, we got just what we were looking for.  Starting at Bear Lake, we hiked a teensy bit of uphill to get over a ridge and then cruised…

Five Lakes Loop

Glacier Gorge to Bear Lake via Mills Lake and Lake Haiyaha (7 miles, +1,600/-1,300 feet). Today we set off to do a seven lake loop in the Bear Lakes area, but as it turns out, five was plenty!  I got to see two lakes I missed last time I was here, Mills Lake with lovely…

Sprague Lake

Glacier Basin Campground to Sprague Lake and back (2 miles, +200/-200 feet). ZoZoZoom just turned 75!  Woo hoo! So time for a hike, naturally. We met in Denver, rented an RV, and headed up to Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Lucky for us, we had time before sundown for a short hike…

Just One More Up

Upper Velma Lake to Inspiration Point (5 miles, +800/-2,000 feet) Sometimes I read the topo map wrong. Today was one of those days. I assured ZoZo that we had “just one more up” of a few hundred feet, and then it was all downhill to finish up our three day trip in the Desolation Wilderness….

Dicks Pass

Susie Lake to Upper Velma Lake (10 miles, +2,000/-1,900 feet) Man oh man the moon was bright last night.  I didn’t bring my umbrella on this trip because I didn’t expect rain or long hot fast climbs, but I sure wish I had brought it for its moon shade. Since we didn’t have to drive…

Lake Aloha

Echo Lakes Trailhead to Susie Lake (10 miles, +1,700/-1,400 feet) It’s time for another birthday trip with ZoZoZoom!  At 25 miles over three days and two nights, it will be her longest backpacking trip ever.  Not bad for a septuagenerian! But it is also personally exciting for me, too.  I’ve always wanted to see the…

Surviving the Night

Juniper Flats Trail (2 miles, +300/-300 feet). It was cold yesterday, and then last night around 9pm the wind picked up and blew away all the clouds.  The one time I got out to pee the stars were absolutely spectacular, but it was FREEZING! Back in my tent I had every item of clothing on…

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Juniper Flats Trailhead to Stubbe Springs Loop (12 miles, +1,400/-1,400 feet). ZoZoZoom has never been backpacking before.  She was especially worried about being comfortable sleeping and being attacked by wild animals in the dead of night.  But with her spirit of adventure, she overcame these concerns and hit the road with me for an overnight in…

Welcome to the High Sierra

Wolverton Trailhead to Heather Lake and back (8.6 miles, +2,200/-2,200 feet). I originally thought this was going to be a killer hike for my mom.  With more than 2,000 feet of elevation gain to get to an alpine lake, and a good part of the trail cleaved into a granite cliff, it would be the…

It Goes to Eleven

Sherman Tree Trail to Crescent Meadows and back, (11 miles, +2,300/-2,300 feet). ZoZoZoom got very excited reading about the Trail of the Sequoias on Modern Hiker.  We originally intended to do that hike, but we could not get to the trailhead at Crescent Meadows for it because of parking restrictions.  So we decided to park at…