This weekend took me back to one of my favorite places in Northern Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park. Initially I was going to head up Long Draw Road in Poudre Canyon to hike Trap Park Trail. I have a group of friends that I message when I’m about to go out alone to see if they want to join me. “This is the trail that I was chased by moose,” I added. Which in hindsight was hilarious. No wonder why nobody was thrilled with that level of adventure. But, I just wanted to make sure friends were prepared for that kind of event. Since nobody was able to, and I wasn’t feeling like possibly doing that by myself again, I changed plans and hit up Estes Park for Elk Fest and then a hike in a part of the park that I have shockingly never been to. I don’t know why I’ve never been to the Wild Basin side of Rocky Mountain, but it was the absolute perfect area to hike. With it being Elk Fest and during the ever exciting elk rut, the park was PACKED. There were herds of elk near the park entrance, and of course the reigning bull was making a commotion, bugling and mounting cows. So, there were lines of cars and hoards of people on the side of the road. The trails were full of people too.
That’s not my ideal way to enjoy the outdoors, so I headed over to Ouzel Falls where I had a chance to test out some new gear (that I will be writing about in a future post). Despite being sore today, I thought the trail was fairly easy. Technically, it’s moderate. But, there were people power hiking, lots of kids, and even some trail runners.
I absolutely love this side of the park and I’m going to continue hiking around here for a while. It’s in my favorite subalpine ecosystem, it follows alongside the North St. Vrain Creek with a handful of waterfalls – I love it! Be on the lookout for that trail review soon!
Go check out Fresh Air Fort Collins on Instagram for photos and videos from the whole day!