hiking this trip was soooo much more enjoyable then last our last trip to the mountains. aubrey is no longer whinny about being forced to hike. she is no longer at the age where she begs to be carried to the top either.
on this trip we hiked to the top of LILY MOUNTAIN. elevation is about 9700 feet above sea level. just over a elevation gain of 1000 feet....and about a 1.5 mile hike. (sorry the exact numbers are escaping me at the moment.) so, in mountain climbing terms it is "easy" but for those of us out of shape flat landers it was probably the prefect mountain to climb to feel like we were on top of the world without having to hike for miles and miles to reach the summit of a fourteener.
aubrey was thrilled to reach the top. then during the rest of the week everytime we drove past the mountain she would always point out the trailhead and comment "i climbed that mountain!"
later in the week we hiked to calypso cascades. we were all pretty tired at that point but knew we still wanted to get out and do some hiking. rocky mountain national park was fairly busy that week so we tried to find a fun hike that wasn't as busy.