Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Up in the Mountains: Hiking Part 2

Welcome to round 2 of my vacation recap hiking posts! Check out part 1 for the gist of the trip before diving in to the hikes we went on around the Fort Collins area. My one disappointment was that I didn't get to check out the Rocky Mountains again on this trip. We went last year and it literally took my breath away, but getting to see these different kinds of places close to Fort Collins was also really cool. I did get kind of bummed that I've maybe been on like 7 hikes total in Colorado and there are so many more I haven't done. I would live here in a heartbeat so I could hike my heart out every weekend. I do need to get in better shape because the hikes in this post kicked my ass. 

Lady Moon Trail

I love a good hike to a place named Disappointment Falls. I picked the hike since there were a lot of intersecting trails and what we thought would be a quick 3 mile hike turned into a 7 mile hike. Maybe don't let me be in charge of picking trails that I choose based only on how hilarious I think the name is.

This hike was beautiful, but was almost all downhill for the first half so the way back was all uphill and exhausting. I loved hiking through the valley to get to the trail and having to cross a pretty swift stream. Once we got to the falls, it was indeed a little small and disappointing but I loved it anyway. I spent all day chatting with Jarrett and getting to see so much beautiful scenery, I could spend every day like this. I would love to go back to this area and check out the hikes on the other side of the road from here next time we are in town. 

Grey Rock

My favorite and hardest hike. This time we were joined by our friends Adam and Russel and their dogs, which was the best. This was definitely the most intense hike I've been on. It's almost exclusively up mountain so you are just constantly climbing to get to the top of this mountain to Grey Rock. I mentioned before that I am in decent shape, but we did so much activity leading up to this hike (the Lady Moon Trail was the day before) that about halfway up the mountain, I had to call it quits. I found a nice rock and read a book I had packed just in case. Everyone else is a much more experienced hiker and in better shape so I knew after really pushing it the day before, I might need to wait part of this out. 

I ended up really enjoying my alone time on the side of the mountain. There's a stream that runs next to the trail almost the whole way so it was really peaceful to sit on a rock by a stream and read. It was so good for my soul and I still feel like I got an amazing experience, even if I didn't make it to the top. Jarrett did and shared his photos with me so I included them as well. I can't wait to go back and try this trail again when I've rested and maybe not done the hardest hike of my life the day before. 

Only one more recap left and that one has lots of food pictures and recommendations for the Fort Collins area so see ya soon friends! 

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