This past weekend, well Thursday – Monday, we drove to Colorado for some much needed relaxation and adventure!
Our first stop was Saint Mary’s Glacier // Idaho Springs, CO
This was such a beautiful place, (well all of CO is beautiful, really). We hiked about 3/4mi to the base of the glacier to take in the gorgeous Saint Mary’s Lake. My husband and brother-in-law then decide to trek up a mountain opposite of the glacier to get this view. It was definitely worth it, holy moly. But my goodness was it windy. I felt like I was going to get blown off the side of the mountain.
That hike was then followed by some delicious tacos with a beautiful view of a river through Idaho Springs.
Grays Peak Trail //
We got up at 3:00AM, packed up camp and headed toward Grays Peak. We actually ended up parking in the wrong parking lot and hiked an extra 2mi to the trailhead (oops). We got to the trailhead around 5:30AM, ended up having to wait in line for about 30 minutes and then finally began the trek to Grays Peak at 6:00AM. The above picture was taken probably around 7:30AM or so. At this point, my fingers finally regained circulation and I wasn’t breathing as hard as I thought I was going to be, so I had that going for me. HA.
There were so many hikers on the trail that day, which honestly was more motivation to get up the damn mountain, I think.
GRAYS PEAK 14,270FT // 8.5.2017
Never will I forget the day I summited my first 14er in Colorado. Such a wonderful, beautiful and awe-inspiring accomplishment for myself as well as my husband and his brother.
Fun fact: The woman who took this picture actually grew up in (pretty much) the same town as my husband and his brother.
I cannot wait to hike another one sometime next year. It felt incredible!
Looking out over the summit of Grays Peak. Such a beautiful day with perfect weather. Although it was hella windy (duh, we’re up 14,000ft above sea-level), it was about 55-60 degrees outside.
The descent only took us about 2 1/2 hours to complete, with a few short breaks here and there. Primarily because my husband over-packed his hiking pack and kept trading it with his brother, until I finally took it and hiked the rest of the way down, mainly because I really needed to use the restroom, as there was minimal privacy for women on the trail.
Next year, maybe we’ll try Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Bross, fingers crossed.
I’m guessing my husband will only want to stick with one again.. party pooper 😉
Until next time, Colorado, we love you!