Mount Elbert (14,443′) Attempt & Scouting for Elk Hunting | Colorado | 06/13/20-06/14/20

Mount Elbert (14,443') Attempt | CO Rank: 1/53 Sawatch Range | San Isabel National Forest | Twin Lakes, CO 06/13/20 | 7.48 miles | 2,177' gain | Class 1 For my husband Kyle's birthday weekend, we (mostly me) decided to climb a 14er. Not just any 14er, but the tallest one in Colorado, Mount Elbert! …

Continue reading Mount Elbert (14,443′) Attempt & Scouting for Elk Hunting | Colorado | 06/13/20-06/14/20

RMNP: June Mini-Hikes | Colorado | 06/04/20

On the first day of Rocky Mountain National Park's (RMNP) new reservation system, I decided to leave work early and check it out for myself. Hundreds of tickets were still available so I had no trouble purchasing one. (Only $2 for me since I have an annual pass.) The National Park had opened a few …

Continue reading RMNP: June Mini-Hikes | Colorado | 06/04/20

Colorado Mines Peak (12,493′) | Colorado | 05/30/20

Colorado Mines Peak (12,493') | Arapaho National Forest Empire, CO | 05/30/20 | 4.38 miles | 1,181' gain I've attempted Colorado Mines Peak more times than I'd care to admit. Somehow I always end up going when there's feet of snow and for some reason, I never bring my snowshoes. (Not my proudest of moments.) …

Continue reading Colorado Mines Peak (12,493′) | Colorado | 05/30/20

Hall Ranch: Antelope to Button Rock | Colorado | 05/28/20

Hall Ranch: Antelope to Button Rock | Hall Ranch Open Space Lyons, CO | 05/28/20 | 11.56 miles | 1,536' gain Hall Ranch Open Space is one of the many fabulous parks managed by Boulder County. I'd visited a handful of times, but always did the exact same loop. In my quest for a big-mile …

Continue reading Hall Ranch: Antelope to Button Rock | Colorado | 05/28/20

Black Mesa (4,973′) | Oklahoma’s State High Point | 05/24/20

Black Mesa (4,973') | Oklahoma's State High Point Kenton, OK | 05/24/20 | 8.79 miles | 726' gain We woke up around sunrise and started out for the summit of Black Mesa, Oklahoma's high point and the second state high point of our Memorial Day trip. While Black Mesa isn't a terribly difficult hike, it's …

Continue reading Black Mesa (4,973′) | Oklahoma’s State High Point | 05/24/20