Welcome to Trek Colorado, this is my photo log of my treks through Colorado's amazing backyard. There is something truly invigorating and refreshing when you get on to the trail and spend a couple of extra hours, go a couple extra miles and see something most people don't or won't get to see.
I hope you enjoy my photo journey through Colorado's backcountry and perhaps get inspired to get out there and experience it yourself. Click on a season to explore. See you on the trail!
Most Recent Hike
August 10, 2019 ~ The trail to Ptarmigan Lake by Buena Vista is inside the San Isabel National Forest and is a beautiful trail. It is a moderate trail with the final pitch to Ptarmigan Lake being the only tough part of the trail. It is a popular trail, so it's best to start early. Having said that, I got a late start of just after 9am, though my biggest concern was not the crowds on the trail, but rather the weather. The forecast called for rain in the afternoon. Thankfully, the trail moves very fast. The trail has a rugged texture to it with cantaloupe-sized rocks sticking out on the trail. But they are easy to navigate and does not cause the trail to be difficult on the return.
The 2019 hiking season has started. This year I am including snowshoeing in the season, namely because I haven’t snowshoed in a while and I don’t want the first hike of the summer hike season to be a heart-pounder and use the summer season to work up to a twenty-mile hike. The snowshoe season should go though May then switch to summer hikes. Enjoy!
The 2018 Summer Hiking Season has come to an end. What a season, incredible views and just over 230 miles on the trail. Even with 230 miles, this season seems short to me, perhaps I'll add something to it during the winter season - snowshoeing perhaps. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the views from this breathtaking season.
The 2017 hiking season was interesting, I was able to explorer more of Colorado's National Forests and get in some camping, not as much camping as I would have liked, but hopefully next year I'll able to get in more multi-day hikes. This season came in just under 129 miles roundtrip. Looking to step up the mileage next year. This was a great season!
The 2016 hiking season was about spreading out and exploring more of Eagles Nest Wilderness, Indian Peaks Wilderness and touching on White River National Forest - and of course a few trips into Rocky Mountain National Park. These are amazing National treasures. This season came in just under 132 miles of hiking. What a great season!
The 2015 hiking season was a big hiking season, I decided to do a fundraiser for The Red Cross (I learned a lot about fundraising - it was very interesting) with my pledge to hike over 200 miles for this season, I came in at 217 miles for the season; what a great time out on the trail. I spent a lot of time in Rocky Mountain National Park, it really is a beautiful park. Get your annual pass and get your moneys worth out of it, you'll be glad you did.
There is so much more to it than Bear Lake and Trail Ridge Road. Even with the number of people in the park, if you spend just a couple extra hours on the trail, the crowds thin out quickly and you fell you have the trail to yourself.
The 2014 hiking season was almost all about exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, it really is a beautiful park. What I learned during the course of this hiking season is, although people may roll their eyes when you say you're going on a hike in RMNP, it really is spectacular if you spend just a couple extra hours on the trail. The crowds thin dramatically, and you get so see an amazing part of Colorado that is so close and so convenient. The price of the annual park pass was worth every penny and then some. Rocky Mountain National Park truly is a National Treasure.
2013 is the year this all started. The hike to Pitkin Lake started it all. Although it was a difficult trail, I was hooked immediately. However, I didn't have the right gear and the seasons were changing quickly. So, even though this season only brought two hikes, I new this was something I would enjoy. I prefer Spring / Summer / Fall hikes, so that makes for a somewhat short hiking season; it's become my version of a stay-cation. Colorado has a beautiful backyard. I hope you enjoy the pictures from my hikes and hopefully inspires you to get out and see what the Colorado Rockies have to offer.