Recently, I was bit by the nature bug. I’ve been jonesing to get out into nature and go for some hikes, explore the Colorado back country and maybe even hike a 14er. Conveniently, this happened when summer has come to an end, and when the warmer days are dwindling. With a couple good hiking days left in the year, I dragged Tyty out in search of the famous color changing Aspen trees last weekend.
Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour and a half drive from Boulder and Saturday the park was free so decided to get our explorin’ on. As soon as we pulled in we saw a small heard of elk!
Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve lived in Colorado for 5 years and never been out there.
It’s absolutely beautiful! Spectacularly beautiful.
The trailhead we wanted to start at was packed so we decided to go on a whim and take a different route through the back. We started toward Bierstadt Lake.
When we got there, the scene was breathtaking!
Utterly peaceful and if you’re quiet you can hear elk bugling in the distance.
Two city kids getting in touch with nature.
It also helped that we ended up with the best possible weather that morning! Gorgeous blue skies and a pleasant 76 degrees!
After snapping some photos we continued our climb toward the second lake.
A couple of miles later, we reach Bear Lake.
How fantastic is it?
It’s a popular spot in the park with a shuttle that heads directly to it so it’s a bit crowded but we found a spot near the water to have a light lunch and take a break….
As soon as we got comfortable a family of birds swooped in around us and started asking for some of our seeds! We decided to share a couple with our new friends (don’t know how kosher that is in NatureLand…). A few minutes later, a squirrel was hanging out overhead and I was really starting to feel like Snow White…
We decided enough was enough and set off to continue our hike.
The hike was about 6.6 miles round trip and could be finished in around 5 hours, including stopping for lunch and photo ops. If you’re planning a morning hike, I highly recommend this trail! It’s steep but definitely doable and a good butt workout (~5.3 in difficulty). Set out early to avoid crowds and don’t forget a couple power bars and plenty of water!