Carlsbad Caverns National Park | New Mexico | 04/03/21

After a big day in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Allie and I continued on to Whites City, NM, our hotel, and a much-needed hot meal. We were excited to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the morning. It was only upon our arrival to our hotel that we learned that we should have pre-purchased tickets …

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Historic Sites of Guadalupe National Park | Texas | 04/02/21

After our trek to the Top of Texas, we had very little time left to explore what else Guadalupe National Park has to offer. We decided to visit two accessible historic sites on the way to our hotel, neither of which require much walking, perfect for our tired feet. Our first stop was "The Pinery" …

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Guadalupe Peak (8,751′) | Texas’ State High Point | 04/02/21

Guadalupe Peak (8,751') | Guadalupe Mountains National Park Salt Flat, TX | 04/02/21 | 9.82 miles | 3,044' gain Although 2021 started out slow (with no traveling and very few exciting hikes), April started with a bang and I haven't slowed down since. On a whirlwind three-day trip, Allie and I road-tripped around Texas and …

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Bayou Gulch Loop | Colorado | 03/20/21

Bayou Gulch Perimeter Loop | Bayou Gulch Open Space Parker, CO | 03/20/21 | 3.9 miles | 229' gain Kyle and I planned a nice, easy loop around Bayou Gulch Open Space. This open space is mostly prairie, sandwiched between the encroaching city and enduring agriculture. We parked at the main trailhead and walked along …

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Grizzly Peak D (13,427′) & “Cupid” (13,117′) | Colorado | 03/06/21

Grizzly Peak D (13,427') | CO Rank: 302/637 "Cupid" (13,117') | CO Rank: 555/637 Front Range | White River National Forest | Dillon, CO 03/06/21 | 6.12 miles | 2,951' gain | Class 2 Some mountains climb easy and some make us work for it. Some of the easiest mountains can be the most mentally …

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Greyrock Mountain Loop | Colorado | 02/06/21

Greyrock Mountain Loop | Roosevelt National Forest Laporte, CO | 02/06/21 | 8.20 miles | 2,429' gain I've climbed Greyrock Mountain a couple times now, but somehow always from the same old out-and-back trail. It seemed I always needed to take the shortest route and so I skipped the longer Greyrock Meadows Trail. But when …

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Dauntless Mine | Colorado | 01/31/21

Dauntless Mine | Pike National Forest Fairplay, CO | 01/31/21 | 6.90 miles | 1,398' gain W: Winter parking, S: Summer parking Okay, okay. The Dauntless Mine isn't really a destination, it's more a pile of rubble. And it certainly wasn't our chosen destination, that was 14er Mount Sherman. Sherman is a good 14er to …

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Castlewood Canyon State Park | Colorado | 01/23/21

Castlewood Canyon State Park Franktown, CO | 01/23/21 | 8.86 miles | 885' gain On the plains just south of Franktown, CO, hidden among the low hills and prairie grasses, a forested canyon awaits exploration. Invisible until you're right up on it, Castlewood Canyon is an unexpected sight, out of place in an area that …

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