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Bierstadt Lake

Snowshoe: Bierstadt Lake Trail

By On December 15, 2016

Going on my National Parks backpacking trip this summer made me realize how I may take Rocky Mountain National Park for granted. It’s so easy to throw my gear in the back… Read More

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Cameron Pass, CO

Hike: Gould Loop

By On November 4, 2016

While parking lots fill up on the weekend and trails in town are packed with hikers, there are trails in the wilderness where only the moose may roam that day. Gould Loop… Read More

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Hikes

Hike: Strawberry Park Hot Springs

By On October 13, 2016

One wintry afternoon the snow was gently falling and softly melting into the steam rising from the hot springs. I sat on a rocky ledge in the naturally heated water watching a… Read More

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Hikes

Hike: LuLu City

By On September 13, 2016

Late summer-early fall hikes capture my attention since the season feels so short. There is a golden window of opportunity; the afternoon high alpine lightning storm are over, snow fields have dried… Read More

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Adventure Guides

Explore: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

By On April 18, 2016

If you drive north on I-25 toward Wyoming, past farms and ranches stretching as far as the eye can see, beyond the Pronghorn grazing in the distance, on winding dirt roads that… Read More

Pawnee Buttes
Hikes

Hike: Pawnee Buttes

By On March 11, 2016

It’s that time of year when some people come out of their hibernation and start hitting the trails. Warm weather hiking season has begun, especially now that seasonal closures are over! The… Read More

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Estes Park

Snowshoe: Fern Lake

By On February 26, 2016

I’ve mentioned in some posts and Instagram updates that it’s “more about the moment than the milage.” This has been a recurring thought I tell myself when I’m not able to complete… Read More

Splitleaf Indian Paintbrush
Adventure Guides

Explore: Wildflower Viewing in Northern Colorado – Part 2

By On August 13, 2015

Well, I felt like I blinked and July was gone. It doesn’t help that we had so much rain in May and June, making it feel like a shortened summer already. However,… Read More

Cirque Meadow
Backpacking

Backpack: Cirque Meadow

By On August 3, 2015

Over the last two summers I’ve written about different camping styles to help readers find their favorite summer hangouts in our nearby mountains. There’s the Best Campgrounds in Poudre Canyon Guide, and How… Read More

Big South Trail
Big South

Hike: Big South Trail

By On June 23, 2015

I would often drive by the Big South trailhead in upper Poudre Canyon and think to myself, “I will hike that trail this summer.” But, for some reason or another, I never… Read More

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Explore: Coyote Ridge Natural Area

By On May 5, 2015

A photo posted by Kristin Mastre (@freshairfortcollins) on Apr 10, 2015 at 9:44pm PDT   Fort Collins has a lot going for it in the way of outdoor recreation. Not only do… Read More

Wild Flowers Part 1
Adventure Guides

Explore: Wildflower Viewing in Northern Colorado – Part 1

By On April 23, 2015

Colorado wildflower viewing is one of the most beautiful aspects of trail time in the Rocky Mountains. Chances are when you see a Colorado postcard, it’s going to feature a photo of… Read More

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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Weekend Adventure Report

By On February 17, 2015

7 days off for a break, 6 days of straight hiking, 36+ miles logged, and each day a new area explored. So, this isn’t really the Weekend Adventure Report, but more like… Read More

Fort Collins, CO

Hike: Horsetooth Rock

By On February 6, 2015

I have a confession. In the nine years that I’ve lived in Fort Collins, I’ve never hiked Horsetooth. I have always hated the idea of it. It’s the busiest Open Space in… Read More

Hidden Valley

Sled: Hidden Valley at Rocky Mountain National Park

By On January 9, 2015

One of my winter mountain sledding experiences from childhood will always be permanently burned into my brain. My Dad had my sisters and me for the weekend and decided to take us… Read More

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Explore: Red Mountain Open Space

By On September 24, 2014

There are a few things I’m looking for when I hit the trail – solace, solitude, sweat, and soul-searching. To make sure I get all points, I usually hike alone in areas… Read More