The Mystery of Mountain Lions

Despite decades of research, myth and fear still surround the animals. Image credit: Sarah Gilman/High Country News Sarah Gilman/High Country News Last winter, I went walking on a gray afternoon between storms. Meltwater pattered the snow around the ponderosas. Fog wound through overhanging boughs. My dog, Taiga, strained at her leash. We turned up a ravine, climbing … Continue reading The Mystery of Mountain Lions

Trail Ridge Road 10’ Miler

Back in January, at the start of the 2020 winter season, we completed a short two-and-a-half mile snowshoe trek up Trail Ridge Road (for a round-trip of five miles) in Rocky Mountain National Park (on the Grand Lake side). The snowplow stops plowing the road in the park at the Timber Lake/Colorado River Trailhead, so … Continue reading Trail Ridge Road 10’ Miler

Cross Creek Snowshoe Trek

Last weekend was spent in Red Cliff, Colorado, which is a very small town (with a population of less than three hundred people) south of Vail. On Saturday, we parked the Tahoe along FS707, the start of our Cross Creek snowshoe trek; the road to get to the trailhead is right off of US Hwy … Continue reading Cross Creek Snowshoe Trek

Lake Verna: A First Adventure

About a month ago, a plan had been hatched with my friend and coworker, Dave, to do a backpacking trip to Lake Verna, a first adventure, from the East Inlet Trailhead inside of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). This would be the first backcountry backpacking trip for both of us! Most hikers who make the … Continue reading Lake Verna: A First Adventure