With a name like “Forgotten Valley” how could I not want to check this place out? Luckily, it’s located in the Golden Gate Canyon State Park which is less than an hour from my house so it’s a pretty convenient place to explore!
This was a great first backpack of the summer – we’ve got more planned including a 4-night trek in Yellowstone at the beginning of September so I wanted to make sure we started slow and simple. This trip was more about exploring a new area, checking that all my gear made it through the winter, finding out what needed to be fixed or replaced, etc.
The hike in was only about 2.25 gorgeous miles. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere, the blue skies allowed us to see all the views and birds were singing along every step of the way. After we ditched our packs we hiked to City Lights Ridge – a steeper but very rewarding 2+ mile round trip. From the ridge we could see 360 degrees including our campsite, the pond and homestead and another small loop trail we wanted to tackle after we got back.
Needless to say, the pond and restored homestead were gorgeous. Even waiting out a small bit of rain in our tent allowed us gorgeous views of the valley. The swings on the porch of the cabin certainly provided a perfect spot to start off the day with some knitting.
Do you like to camp, backpack, hike and explore? What are some of your favorite memories being outside?
4 days and 3 nights spent in the mountains with family is easily one of the best ways to spend a long weekend. (even if the first half of that weekend is filled with snow and rain and wind and super cold temperatures that you weren’t quite prepared for)
Saturday we began our trip and had planned to summit Yale that day but as we reached the top, the weather turned and wind and snow picked up and forced us back down the mountain. We spent that night by Hartenstein Lake and the view in the morning, after the storms had cleared, was incredible.
Sunday saw a bit more of the cold and grey weather with wind gusts up to 50 mph as we were heading over Browns Pass. We were lucky enough to find some time to visit Browns Cabin and the nearby mines before grey skies appeared again.
Monday we hiked Mount Harvard and let me tell you, that was absolutely gorgeous and a great hike – I highly recommend it. A bit windy in parts, as mountains can be, but not nearly as bad as the previous day.
Tuesday we hiked out over another pass whose name I can’t recall and followed up our exhausting weekend with pizza and beer before I made the gorgeous drive back to Fort Collins.
Oh, and you know I brought my knitting! It still smells like campfire and for that, I cannot complain.
This weekend we packed up the dogs and the car and set off on another adventure, albeit short. We headed south to the mountains near Ruidoso, New Mexico. Rather than try and put into words how beautiful it was, I’m just going to share some photos I took 🙂
This past Saturday my guy and some friends and I hiked up the Sandias on an iconic trail named La Luz. We didn’t exactly start at the trailhead and we didn’t exactly land at the Tram, so we added a few miles to the hike which ended up being about 12.5 miles by the time we rode the Tram down.
This was my first time doing this hike, and there is a race held on the trail every year too!
We gained over 3,000 ft in elevation over 12.5 miles and trekked over many a switchback, plenty of rock slides, snow, ice and even staircases in the more steep areas.
Views of Albuquerque were abundant and the city is much prettier from the sky.
Have you ever hiked this trail before? Have you been out in nature recently? Don’t forget to wear proper shoes, as this warning sign reminded us at the top of the trail:
So, Friday was my birthday and in true birthday fashion I extended the celebration through the whole weekend and did whatever it was that I wanted to do!
Friday we woke up early and headed to the mountains. Our destination: 14,060 feet to the summit of Mt. Bierstadt.
Not a mile into the hike we saw a moose swimming in a lake!
The views were just gorgeous all around and it was a perfect way to start off a new year in my life.
Because I don’t really want the celebration to end even though I have to go back to being a responsible, contributing member to society, I want to offer a sale on all of my patterns! Through Friday, September 14th use code: sillybday to get 20% off your order on any of my patterns!