It was this!
Hiking another 14er--Mount Bierstadt--with my neighborhood friends!
SO. MUCH. FUN!
It was my fourth 14er and I am SUPER DUPER proud of that!
John and I both laugh because he never thought I'd be this much of a mountain girl. When he married me 23 years ago, I was as girly as they come. Colorado has changed me. I love this place so, so much and it has brought out a side of me I never knew existed.
It started raining on our drive to the trailhead and was still raining when we got there. So yucky. I think we all secretly wanted to back out. I know I did.
Torrey's Peak when I hiked that one last fall.
It was a great day with great friends and we made a fantastic memory together. I have plans to do two more 14ers in the next several weeks. It's an exhilarting experience. I'm quite hooked.
Details I want to remember!
4:45 AM - departed from home
6:45 AM - arrived at trailhead (and the road to the trailhead was GREAT!)
7:00 AM - started hiking
We summited Bierstadt at 10AM. We took short, small breaks along the way, mostly to strip rain gear or layers and once to have a snack.
We stayed at the summit about 30 minutes taking pictures, snacking, chatting, etc.
10:30AM - began our descent
12:30PM - returned to the parking lot
Starting elevation: 11,700 feet
Trail length: 7 miles round trip