After a wonderful hiking “season” this summer, my world-class hiking partner, Elaine, and I decided we needed to continue as best we can over the winter. We settled on a once-a-month outing to either hike, snowshoe or ride. We were not able to hike our 14-er at the end our summer, like we usually do, because of early snowfall, so, that was our plan for our first ever fall hike.
Last week we hit the trail just after 6AM to hike Gray’s Peak. It was cold and windy and the Aspen were in their full fall glory, all glowing yellow in our headlights. I did not plan enough clothes and did not get warm until early in the afternoon when the sun shone on us, sharing some its warmth. No matter.
The hike was incredible and difficult, as all fourteeners are, no matter what anyone says! We enjoyed a large herd of mountain goats and, late in the day, a mama and baby goat basking in the sun. The views were 360 degrees of “holy cow amazing,” and our bag lunch was hard-earned and eaten shivering out of the wind as best we could get. To cap off our first fall hike, well, the photo speaks for itself.