We had a long hiatus from hiking this month, due to potty training and recovering from a super minor surgery early in December. After a couple of weeks sticking close to home, I finally got up the courage to venture back out on the trails. We still have some kinks to work out in the potty training department, but I sure am happy to be able to leave the house again!

Now that the holidays are over, the real challenge of enjoying these cold weather hikes begins for me. There’s something about the month of December that makes below freezing temperatures easier for me to tolerate, compared to the trudge through January and February. Lucky for me, my boy has no problem enjoying the cold and the snow, so the challenge lies completely in my court!

Read on for my trail notes from hikes 25 through 28 of my 52 Hike Challenge!

In an effort to keep my trail notes from completely taking over Two Kids in Tow, I’m going to publish them in sets of four. To read all of my notes in order, click on the 52 Hike Challenge category in the right sidebar.

Hike 28/52: Bear Lake

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO • twokidsintow.com
Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO • twokidsintow.com
Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO • twokidsintow.com

Rocky Mountain National Park | Estes Park, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Bear Lake
Distance Traveled: 1.04 miles
Time: 58 minutes
Elevation Gained: 58 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Thursday, December 24, 2015

Trail Notes

Last year, Luke and I drove to Mount Rainier National Park on Christmas Eve. This year, we wanted to continue with that spirit by visiting our new “local” national park, Rocky Mountain. Lucky for us, instead of missing Daddy all day, like we did last year, we got to take him along with us.

We did a short but memorable hike around Bear Lake this Christmas Eve. It was 16 degrees Fahrenheit but we kept content and (mostly) warm as we slowly journeyed around the frozen lake. (I’d like to return to this trail in the summertime to see how deep the snowpack was under our feet!)

Hike 27/52: Coyote Run Trail + Zook Loop

Coyote Run Trail + Zook Loop in Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Coyote Run Trail + Zook Loop in Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Coyote Run Trail + Zook Loop in Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com

Cheyenne Mountain State Park | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Coyote Run Trail + Zook Loop
Distance Traveled: 2.88 miles
Time: 2 hours 42 minutes
Elevation Gained: 213 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Trail Notes

Our pace gets slower with each hike, a reflection of how far I am in my pregnancy and the fact that Luke now hikes the majority of our miles on his own two feet. Some days I feel a bit impatient with our speed and the short distances it translates to, but for the most part I rather enjoy our slow hikes together.

Luke and I talk about all kinds of things while we hike: Star Wars, poop (potty training is a big deal, guys), Daddy, light sabers, Baby Jack and his helicopters, Darth Vader (are you sensing a theme here?), and kitties. He’s smart and silly and wickedly observant.

I know it won’t be long before I will be able to move at an adult pace once again, so I’m trying my best to savor these slow, funny little hikes. I know I’ll miss them terribly.

Hike 26/52: Fountain Valley Loop Trail

Fountain Valley Loop Trail in Roxborough State Park in Littleton, CO • twokidsintow.com
Fountain Valley Loop Trail in Roxborough State Park in Littleton, CO • twokidsintow.com
Fountain Valley Loop Trail in Roxborough State Park in Littleton, CO • twokidsintow.com

Roxborough State Park | Littleton, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Fountain Valley Loop Trail
Distance Traveled: 2.03 miles
Time: 1 hour 53 minutes
Elevation Gained: 158 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Saturday, December 19, 2015

Trail Notes

This hike marks the completion of the first half of our 52 Hike Challenge! I’m excited to see where our next 26 hikes take us.

Hike 25/52: Mesa and Greenlee Trails Loop

Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com

Red Rock Canyon Open Space | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Mesa and Greenlee Trails Loop
Distance Traveled: 2.90 miles
Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
Elevation Gained: 526 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Trail Notes

Our Hike it Baby 30 challenge may be over, but the hikes continue! Luke and I met up with some new “hike it friends” today for a hike along one of our favorite loops in Red Rock Canyon. Our group was stopped by a pair of older ladies, who enthusiastically told us we had our hands full.

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