This overnight hike had several objectives. The first priority was to take down a dead standing tree next to the wikiup which had become increasingly unstable. Last year it seemed solid, not moving in the wind like the other trees. This year, you could make it move easily by pushing on it. A frightening number of healthy trees had snapped off in the winter high winds. Action was needed once the risk was recognized. We hope to utilize the tree in the future by splitting it and making some furniture for our day camp / cooking area. We were able to improvise a flat space using an already downed tree in the cooking area to get us by short term. Additionally we did a short day hike on a trail that we had not previously explored.
Gorgeous 6 mile hike in the James Peak Wilderness near Rollingsville, CO to Crater Lakes…we were above 10,000 feet in these amazingly beautiful mountains with moss covered trees, wild flowers, mushrooms, and brook trout!
We got out hiking today and took our dog Kaycie on her first adventure hike! About 4 miles (round trip) on the South St. Vrain trail near Ward, CO. We saw lots of wild mushrooms and gorgeous wild flowers! Check out our FB post here.