Fortymile Ridge Trailhead (including Crack in the Wall)
Luckily ran into someone familiar with our alternate trail. He gave us pointers about making sure we were well equipped with rope. Truly serendipitous as we otherwise had no idea entering Coyote Gulch via this trail required feeding our packs down over a cliff at the crack in the wall. Over the years people have cut and worn notches in the cliff to lower their gear, so we knew it when we saw it. Super tight squeeze, but we made it!
Took what seemed to be the clear route down to Coyote Gulch through tons of switchbacks til we realized how off trail we were (thanks Gaia, should have asked you sooner). After some grumbling and studying the map, we took a very, very steep shortcut back to the trail, up what we called "Sand Mountain".
Abundant high fives echoed through the canyon when we finally made it to the water source/camp site.
Chip Ross Park
A little steep for the kids, they whined and got carried a lot.
Hike - Elk Mountain/Meadows - Oregon - (10/27/15, 14:06:28)
It's all fun and games until you bang you shin so hard the skin splits.
Other than that, it was enjoyable. Great but infrequent views, lots of forest to walk through. Really neat place.
ASHLI and Ruthie's awesome PA Adventure day 1
07/10/15-Great Sand Dunes Nat. Park, Colorado
This is the first time my daughter, Elizabeth, and I ventured beyond the popular "High Dune" that most people strive for, then turn around. After crossing Medano Creek, which has slowed from it's high of a month or two ago, we headed for the highest dune staying somewhat East (to the right) of the line of people heading up. At the top we continued past the crowd and down into the body of the dunes. It didn't take long before we were out of earshot of the people on High Dune and completely isolated. We chose a route that would allow us to follow a ridge that traveled up and down various dunes, affording views of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains, San Luis Valley and the heart of the dunes. We headed East at our turn-around point to get a better view of where the dunes ended and the mountains began.
The weather really cooperated with us today, being somewhat cloudy and cool for the first half. The sand was damp and hard-packed from previous rains, making travel easier-at least until the sun came out and dried things. Then it was like walking beach sand and got tough. The 3L of water each seemed to be enough but, again, it was cooler during the morning. The usual afternoon thunderstorms held off, at least until we exited at 2:30PM.
CDT Gibbons Pass
A 3 berry day. Forest floor thick with Grouse Whortleberry, plus the occasional Huckleberry and Wild Strawberry.
Palm Springs Oasis
A quick little hike with the kids