Alright y’all, to kick off August I thought I would recap part of a trip I took in June… Because that’s how long it takes to go through 1,765 photos. Don’t worry I didn’t include all of them in this post. Only about 170 😉 Thanks to my photog obsession, I decided I just had too many pictures to fit them all into 1 post, so like I did with my France and (yet to be published) London recaps, I am breaking up this Colorado trip into 3 posts.
As you may have seen on instagram, my family and I took a mini-vacay to Estes Park, Colorado for a few days of family time, the great outdoors and Mexican Train tournaments. I can’t speak for the rest of the fam, but for me this trip was exactly what I needed. A perfectly relaxing and charming weekend that almost had me packing up my (non-existent) surfboard for a snowboard. It was that good of a trip.
For the first post in this recap I’m talking all about the 2 AMAZING hikes my family and I took in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s been almost 2 months and I still can’t believe all the beauty I saw on these hikes. The first hike we did was to Ouzel Falls!! It was a glorious beginning hike that got us acclimated to Colorado’s elevation! The hike was about 5 miles round-trip with plenty of other trail heads along the way 🙂
(see bottom for printable hike maps)
The other hike we took was what I like to call the “4 Lake Hike”. Because we saw 4 lakes. And because I’m super original.
This hike starts at the Bear Lake trailhead and goes all the way up to Emerald Lake (with Nymph Lake and Dream Lake along the way). This was only about a 3.5 mile hike round-trip, but it was a much quicker elevation gain, which made it a little harder than the Ouzel Falls hike (in my opinion). However, since there are multiple lakes along the trail, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take a breath (and 12,000 pictures)! It was crazy how COMPLETELY different each lake looked from one another. I mean at one point we even had a snowball fight. In tank tops & shorts. IN JUNE. Colorado you are a mystery to me.
^^^Bear Lake ^^^Nymph Lake ^^^When you reach this lookout, there’s a park ranger ready to snap your next Christmas card (and if you ask nicely he will let you try on his sweet hat) ^^^Dream Lake (and the perfect place to picnic) ^^^Emerald Lake
Ain’t she a beaut?! Obviously there are about a thousand and one different hikes to take in Rocky Mountain National Park, but I highly recommend these 2 for any adventure-loving-but-not-crazy-athletic-type people. Even my sister (the athletic one of the bunch) loved them!!! These are just some good ole crazy beautiful hikes and would you believe me if I said these pictures don’t do them justice?!
For maps of these 2 hikes click below // For the Rocky Mountain National Park hikes map click HERE