Once finished with our breakfasts, we took off for our favorite hiking spot: Monarch Lake. Yes, we have hiked that trail a dozen times, but it never fails to impress. The terrain can be extremely rocky in some areas; however, there isn’t much of an elevation gain, making the hiking experience very relaxing. And to make things even better, Aspen joined us! She was full of spunk that morning!
We arrived at the trailhead a little after 10am, and thought that we would beat the rush…how wrong we were! We had to park quite a ways down the road and then walk about a half mile to the trailhead. The trail was packed, but not to the point where you were stepping on people’s heels the whole time either. The weather was pleasantly cool. Aspen trotted right out front the entire time and appeared to be enjoying herself. Although, her favorite parts of the trek are when she gets to walk around in the river beds. She dashes for the water, lies down and then quickly gets back up, realizing how cold the water is. By the time we were finished, it had started to warm up just a bit. As we drove off, the parked line of cars extended back even further. Thank goodness we were done!