Hiking Eldorado Canyon State Park | Boulder, Colorado

Hiking Eldorado Canyon State Park | Boulder, Colorado

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
I'm going to admit it. Up until recently, I was totally guilty of not taking advantage of one of the coolest places to hike around Boulder. Eldorado Canyon State Park is less than 40 minutes from my door, and I drive past it at least once a week. I've climbed there, I've shot weddings there, but I'd never really hiked there. I decided that needed to change and I made it my mission to hike all three of the hiking trails at Eldorado Canyon. It's a smaller park, so I figured that the hikes would be similar but I couldn't have been more wrong. Each trail varied in elevation, scenery and the type of crowds you encounter. What they did have in common was that all were easy to access,…
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The Fowler Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

The Fowler Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
The Fowler Trail is a short, family friendly hike at Eldorado Canyon State Park. It's fairly flat, with minimum elevation gain and beautiful views of the park and foothills. You can follow the trail for up to 2 miles, 4 miles round trip, however I like to hike it for one mile, where it intersects the Goshawk Ridge Trail and turn around there, making it a quick two mile trot. This trail begins at the Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead in Eldorado Canyon and eventually exits the park into the national forest land surrounding it. You follow the trail east and continue straight when the trail meets the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. After climbing a short distance, you will pass the Bastille rock formation on the left. This is a popular rock climbing destination,…
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Eldorado Canyon Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
The Eldorado Canyon Trail is a 6.6 mile round trip hike in Eldorado Canyon State Park. It's the longest hike in the park and has amazing views of both the park itself and the continental divide. I would consider the Eldorado Canyon Trail to be a moderate to strenuous hike, because it gains over 1000 feet in elevation gain. Though to be honest, it's the first quarter and third quarter are steep, with rolling hills in between, so it's not as strenuous as other hikes with the same stats. Christian, Savannah Dog, and I hiked this trail on a Tuesday, after a holiday weekend. We headed out early to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms and returned back to our car just as the clouds moved in. It took us 3 hours…
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Hiking Arenal Volcano National Park | Costa Rica

Hiking Arenal Volcano National Park | Costa Rica

Central America, Costa Rica, Hiking
Our first introduction to Costa Rica was a 90 mile drive from San Jose to La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Google estimated it would take about 3.5 hours, but there was a bridge out so the locals said it would take closer to 5. Little did they know we'd be hit with a crazy rain storm (go figure, a heavy downpour in the rain forest, right?) while traveling on the ever winding, guardrail-less back roads of rural Costa Rica. Eight hours later, we arrived, ate dinner and crashed for the night. The next day, we woke up early because we were really excited about hiking Arenal Volcano National Park and we wanted to get there before the afternoon storms hit. National parks in Costa Rica are not as well marked as they are…
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Best Rainy Day Hike in Denver | Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Best Rainy Day Hike in Denver | Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
Weather is fickle out here in Colorado, and it doesn't always cooperate with your plans. It rarely rains, but when it does, it often pours, or hails. One moment it can be 80 and sunny and twenty minutes later it can be 60 and pouring. So, what does a hiker do when the weather isn't playing nicely? They look for a rainy day hike, of course. A few weeks ago I had a weekend all to myself and I promised Savannah Dog that I'd take her hiking. The forecast was 70 and sunny for both Saturday and Sunday, so we had big plans. Then the weekend came and mother nature delivered two days of 50 degrees and rain. After lounging around the house all day on Saturday, Savannah Dog and…
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Equestrian Trail | Chatfield State Park

Equestrian Trail | Chatfield State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
[caption id="attachment_214" align="alignnone" width="1000"] We entered the park from the east and got to see a lot of the park on the way to the trail.[/caption] The Equestrian Trail is an unpaved, 3.2 mile round trip hike at Chatfield State Park in Littleton, Colorado. The trail itself is relatively flat, with only 95 feet of elevation gain. It has sweeping views of the park itself and the Indian Peak Mountains, and is open to hikers, bikers and horses. We hiked this trail on a stormy day in early May and the views were still quite nice. There were a few bikers, but mostly foot traffic. We, sadly, didn't see any horses. The trail was relatively dry when we hiked it, but I would imagine that it becomes a mud pit quite…
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Hiking Trails in Manuel Antonio National Park | Costa Rica

Hiking Trails in Manuel Antonio National Park | Costa Rica

Central America, Costa Rica, Hiking, Traveling
One of my favorite days from our Costa Rica adventure was our trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. Everyone I talked to recommended going there and I read that it was one of the best places to see a sloth. I also wanted to do some rain forest hiking, without getting too far off the beaten path. After 8 days exploring Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio did not let me down. Between the monkeys, sloths and adorable raccoons, to the breathtaking views and fresh air, I couldn't have asked for more. Okay, maybe for a baby sloth to have dropped down from a tree and jumped into my arms, so that I could knock holding a baby sloth off of my bucket list without being responsible for messing up its fragile skin oil.…
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