Sheep Lake ~ Chinook Pass If you are in Washington and you ask me where to take your little one on their first backpacking trip, I will almost always say Sheep Lake at Chinook Pass (since we have at least three Sheep Lakes). The trail is 1.5 miles to a lake with only 400 feet of elevation gain. This equates to a minimal comparable effort for a big payoff. Plus, when your … [Read more...] about Want to know where all the kids in Washington go backpacking?
June 29th, 2016 I came up with this crazy idea to take my three children (10, 8 and 2), niece (12) and nephew (10) backpacking BY MY SELF! Ok, not really, I brought my dog who is completely undisciplined when on any trails. I know this is crazy, but I also knew how much fun this would be for the kids. I picked Lodge Lake, a short two mile hike with about 600 feet of … [Read more...] about Lodge Lake – 5 Kids and a Dog – What an Adventure!
After spending 30 days exploring Southern Utah, we arrived at the Grand Canyon on May 3rd for 8 days of backpacking. With an incoming storm we had to shorten the trip and I had the honor of backpacking for 5 days/46 miles in the Grand Canyon with my son and my youngest brother. We hiked from the South Rim to the River via the Bright Angel Trail. This itinerary included a side … [Read more...] about Saving the best adventure for last…. The Grand Canyon
"Located in the vast Grand Staircase-Escalante desert, Coyote Gulch is a winding, semi-narrow canyon that snakes its way down through incredible red rock country, and joins with the Escalante River just above Lake Powell. The hike is long, best suited for an overnighter, though it can be hiked in one day by those satisfied with a march instead of a casual exploration. Hikers … [Read more...] about Coyote Gulch – High Desert Adventure
Based on schedules and permits, we had ten days of just playing around, dayhiking and visiting anything and everything in the Moab-ish/Blanding/Green River regions of Utah. Natural Bridges National Monument - We spent the afternoon hiking to the Sipapu Bridge lookout and then to the canyon bottom to look up at the massive bridge. That evening we camped just outside the park on … [Read more...] about A Week in Moab/Blanding