I've been wanting to get Kate out on the trail for some real offroading. More than just dirt roads, I wanted her to experience obstacles, river crossings, and camping
above tree line. We found some time to get away for kids for 36 hours and I took her on a few trails I had done previously that were sure to deliver. Here are some pics
of the adventure.
Getting all the gear accounted for and ready to go
Stopping in Buena Vista on the way to the trailhead
I. Love. Colorado.
Start of the trail. Our original route was closed for construction so we detoured to try out Tincup Pass.
Tincup ended up being an unexpected surprise with some fantastic views
Turns out a local club had just cleared the top a few days prior. We got lucky!
Continental Divide: 12,154 feet elevation
Entering the historic town of Tincup
Back on the trail!
My favorite section of the trail: running the creek. Kate loved this part.
Having a little fun on an optional obstacle
Near the lake, almost to our camping spot
Made it to the lake!
Looking back down the valley we crossed that day
Once we got camp set up, we took a little drive around the lake to watch the sunset and explore. Sunset reflected in a nearby kettle lake
Our camping spot that night
Cooking sausage the next morning on the DIY grill
On the ridge line. I think we're around 13,000' at this point.
Maroon Bells way in the background here
Taking the road into Aspen
iPad mini with Dual GPS and Gaia was flawless as usual. I'll be posting a how-to in the coming weeks on this setup
Made it to the top of Aspen Mountain and, naturally, found some Jeeps to park by
On the road down Aspen Mountain, under the ski lifts
It was a fantastic trip. No breaks, incredible views, fun obstacles. Kate had a great time. Looking forward to doing more together.