ABOUT


I started these hikes in 2013 when I was sitting around one day and felt I really needed to get out and do something. It was late August and flipping through an old hiking book I came up with a hike to Pitkin Lake - it nearly wiped me out. There were many times along that trail that I thought about just laying down and letting the bears come to get me.

However, after I was finished and looking over the pictures I felt I found something that was "mine" something I would enjoy, and it was dirt-cheap. The first year was very light, a grand total of two hikes. Very ill prepared and not really knowing what I was doing. Over the course of the winter I did a lot of research and worked on getting back into shape. By the time the next season rolled around, I felt a good place to start was in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).

The park gets a bad rap because people only think of Bear Lake and the traffic in Estes Park. The traffic in Estes Park is bad, but the bad rap RMNP gets sometimes could not be further from the truth. RMNP truly is a national treasure. I have found that if you spend just a few extra hours on the trail, go a few extra miles, the crowds thin out to nothing and you pretty much have the trail to yourself. It's a beautiful park.

I would encourage anyone that can, go for a good seven to ten-mile hike in RMNP and you'll have completely different perspective on the park; oh, it's also better to buy an annual pass to the Park - that way you can zip through the entry and you don't have to come up with money each time you want to get in the park.

As the years went by, I have explored some of Colorado's other national treasures - its national forests and wilderness areas. Usually my goal is to "hike to water" a high alpine lake, right at or just above treeline. There is so much going on at that elevation. There are deer, elk, moose, big horn sheep, mountain goats and marmots, more marmots that you could ever imagine.

There is something spiritual and connecting when you reach a high alpine lake, the air is crisp, clean and yes, thin, but for some reason it's easier to breathe at that altitude. Every trail offers something new and unique, about the only constant I have observed is me constantly saying "Wow! Wow! What a view!"

I hope you enjoy this photo log of my hikes through Colorado's backcountry, and that it may inspire you to put on the hiking boots and hit the trail. It truly is an amazing experience. See you on the trail!

SEASONS ON THE TRAIL

2021

The 2021 Season has started. Though the pandemic created a challenging 2020 season, I am looking forward to building on the 2020 season to create an incredible 2021 season. The pandemic has taught me a few things about when and where to go hiking. As such planning for the 2021 se...

2020

The 2020 hiking season has been incredible, even in the face of adversity. The pandemic has made for a logistically challenging season. Somehow, I was still able to piece together an incredible 230+ miles on the trail this season and able to see some truly spectacular places. Enj...

2019

The 2019 hiking season was an interesting season, this was the first season that I started and ended the season snowshoeing and a full summer of hiking for a total of just under 225 miles on the trail. What this season has taught me is that it's winter in the mountains for a long...

2018

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...

2017

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 roundt...

2016

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 i...

2015

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 ...

2014

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 ...

2013

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 ...