The One With Some Colorado Hikes



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)

IMG_9770 IMG_9096 IMG_9105 IMG_9114IMG_9119 IMG_9131 IMG_9158 IMG_9170 IMG_9172^^^lots of Go-Pro action on this tripIMG_9194 IMG_9197 IMG_9208 IMG_9218 IMG_9230 IMG_9247 IMG_9259 IMG_9279 IMG_9292 IMG_9333 IMG_9360 IMG_9350 IMG_9374 IMG_9403 IMG_9424 IMG_9430 IMG_9450 IMG_9486IMG_9491IMG_9512IMG_9518IMG_9520IMG_9529IMG_9541IMG_9543IMG_9545IMG_9582IMG_9586IMG_9612IMG_9613fhgIMG_9629IMG_9632IMG_9654IMG_9667IMG_9698IMG_9708IMG_9742IMG_9750IMG_9783^^^Ouzel FallsIMG_9817IMG_9820IMG_9833IMG_9843IMG_9834IMG_9850^^^ LOL

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.

DSC_0013^^^Bear Lake DSC_0008DSC_0015 DSC_0044 DSC_0054 DSC_0077^^^Nymph LakeDSC_0079 DSC_0080 DSC_0022 DSC_0030 DSC_0031 DSC_0032 DSC_0074 DSC_0093DSC_0097DSC_0100 DSC_0114^^^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)DSC_0115 DSC_0123 DSC_0124 IMG_5648IMG_5653DSC_0136 DSC_0162 DSC_0171 DSC_0174 DSC_0178 DSC_0187 DSC_0205 DSC_0232^^^Dream Lake (and the perfect place to picnic)DSC_0233 DSC_0242 DSC_0247 DSC_0286 DSC_0295 DSC_0300 DSC_0301 DSC_0316 DSC_0318^^^Emerald LakeDSC_0313 DSC_0314IMG_5730

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

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  • Reply genie carson 08-03-2015 at 6:58 pm

    wow what a great way for me to take in the beauty of the hikes ! Saves the wear and tair on my OLD body. Many , many thanks!!!!!! Granny

    • Reply Katie 08-05-2015 at 6:32 pm

      Haha glad you could feel like you were there 😉

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