Week 17 in training – 52 miles of running and hiking at altitude. Highlights include 14ers! and the associated fun car camping, and a long run of 24 miles.
Week 9 training in the books. Half of it was spent in the desert, and the other half with decreased mileage. 24 miles in the running and hiking variety.
The South Platte area is a giant granite playground located ~60 miles southwest of Denver. The adventure climbing is a highlight, and there are also many opportunities for hiking, fishing, and free camping. When the high Rockies [>10,000 feet] are still cold and snowed in this time of year, South Platte provides a fun shoulder-season escape!
The highlight of our trip to Sedona, after the fantastic car camping, was a hike up Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain is located in the Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness of Sedona and ascending it is a challenging half-day hike. It is one of the area’s highest accessible points with amazing views of Fay Canyon, Boynton Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks, and colorful desert as far as the eye can see.
Part 1 of our trip to Sedona, Arizona in February 2017. We enjoyed free camping area along FR 525, west of Sedona. It is convenient to many of Sedona’s well-known hikes, including Boynton Canyon, Bear Mountain, Fay Canyon, and Doe Mountain.
Grand Canyon’s Clear Creek Trail is a great “rest day” activity if you’re staying at Phantom Ranch or Bright Angel campground in the winter. It stretches 9 miles long so you can choose your own out-and-back length. And emphasis is on winter activity because it is south facing and consequently is in the sun from sunrise to sunset. In summer, temperatures at the bottom of the canyon can exceed 100 F. But in January it was a balmy 50 degrees!
The Little Wild Horse Canyon – Bell Canyon loop hike is a popular day hike in the San Rafael Swell region. The loop hike is 8 miles and takes 3-4 hours. With no technical skills required, this is a great slot canyon to explore for just about everyone.
On July 30, 2016 Dan and I hiked to Dawson Pass in Glacier National Park. The weather was fantastic and the snows had melted…
This is the last hike I want to recap from our road trip through the Canadian Rockies. The famed Iceline Trail in Yoho National…
Cirque Peak is an easy scramble in Banff National Park. Enjoy a spectacular approach through alpine meadows on a well-maintained trail. After reaching Helen Lake the peak is ascended off trail on a scree ridge with a short rock scramble to the summit. From the ridge, the views are spectacular. With each step upward the panorama continues to expand as more glaciers, alpine lakes and rugged mountain peaks come into view.