Summer is almost over, and we did not fit in much hiking. We did one backpacking trip in the Rawah Wilderness early in the summer, but I forgot to take my camera! It was a short 2-day trip, but long on adventure with lots of melting snow, stream crossings, and a crazy young Labrador that I will probably not take backpacking again for at least two years.
We were planning another backpacking trip for this Labor Day weekend, but I never got my act together, and suddenly the weekend was upon us. So instead, we took a beautiful day hike to Sky Pond, one of the few popular places in Rocky Mountain National Park that I had surprisingly never visited.
We started hiking at the Glacier Gorge trail head and stopped for a snack at Loch Vale.
Needless to say we had to be very careful coming back down this section. My son was able to do it all himself, with just a little bit of coaching. I had to help my daughter a few times, having her step on my knee to get down to the next foot hold. It was tricky with her short legs, but she never got scared or discouraged — and truly did most of it herself.
At Glass Lake we had another snack before hiking the last half mile to Sky Pond.
Shortly after leaving Sky Pond and heading back past Glass Lake, we saw a very friendly and very chubby marmot. This guy really wanted my daughter to throw him some food. We don’t feed animals in the wild, but obviously some visitors don’t follow that rule. I literally had to shoo this marmot out of the way so the kids could get by — I think he thought the trail was a toll road! None shall pass!
Hiking back down the Glacier Gorge trail, we got caught in a bit of a thunderstorm, but it wasn’t too bad. Still, we were glad we were on our way down, and that we had our raincoats. There was even a little bit of hail, but thankfully only a few lightning strikes — and nothing too frightening.
We all finished the 9-mile hike in good spirits, and my daughter asked me, “Can we please do this hike 10 times per year?” “Certainly,” I said!
But we’ll be lucky if we fit it in a couple of times per year.