After nearly eight weeks of “maternity leave” from hiking, I’m finally back on my beloved trails! The last few weeks of pregnancy left me too tired and sore to hike, and after Jack’s birth I tried my best to take it extremely easy for the early weeks. Day by day, I started feeling more and more like myself. I got the okay from my midwife to start some light hiking again, as long as I promised to pay very close attention and listen to my body. So far, so good… and so very good for my heart and soul.

It’s easy to keep things light when hauling along a toddler and a newborn. Most of the trails we did in this set were repeats of our very favorite easy hikes. In addition to hiking with Daddy on the weekends, we also hiked with our local Hike it Baby branch. I’ve said it once and I’ll likely say it a million more times: I just love my Hike it Baby family!

Read on for my trail notes from hikes 37 through 40 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 40/52: Hogback Nature Trail

Hogback Nature Trail in Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg, CO • twokidsintow.com
Hogback Nature Trail in Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg, CO • twokidsintow.com
Hogback Nature Trail in Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg, CO • twokidsintow.com

Lathrop State Park | Walsenburg, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Hogback Nature Trail
Distance Traveled: 2.62 miles
Time: 2 hours 26 minutes
Elevation Gained: 139 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Saturday, April 9, 2016

Trail Notes

We woke up Saturday itching to get out of town. I did a quick search for hiking trails near San Isabel National Forest and stumbled on the Hogback Nature Trail in Lathrop State Park. We packed a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and some of our favorite snacks and headed south.

I really enjoyed the varied terrain on this hike. We started out weaving through a meadow, then climbed up to and hiked along the rocky ridge. The Spanish Peaks could be seen from almost every part of the trail, but were especially picturesque from the ridge. From there we continued along the loop, eventually climbing back down to the meadow and making our way back around to our original trailhead. This hike will definitely go down as a favorite in this 52 Hike Challenge!

Hike 39/52: Volksmarch Red Fox Trail

Hike it Baby Volksmarch Red Fox Trail in Fox Run Regional Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Hike it Baby Volksmarch Red Fox Trail in Fox Run Regional Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Hike it Baby Volksmarch Red Fox Trail in Fox Run Regional Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com

Fox Run Regional Park | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Volksmarch Red Fox Trail
Distance Traveled: 3.55 miles
Time: 2 hours 46 minutes
Elevation Gained: 405 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Trail Notes

I took the boys out for our very first Hike it Baby hike since Jack joined our family. It was such a fun hike and both Luke and Jack were so well behaved for the entire outing – a huge relief for me since it was also my first time taking them out without Daddy.

Read more about my first group hike postpartum on the Hike it Baby blog.

Hike 38/52: Volksmarch Red Fox Trail

Volksmarch Red Fox Trail in Fox Run Regional Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Volksmarch Red Fox Trail in Fox Run Regional Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Volksmarch Red Fox Trail in Fox Run Regional Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com

Fox Run Regional Park | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Volksmarch Red Fox Trail
Distance Traveled: 1.77 miles
Time: 1 hour 41 minutes
Elevation Gained: 104 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Sunday, April 3, 2016

Trail Notes

We visited another favorite trail for our second family hike of the weekend. This trip went much more smoothly; we weren’t quite as frazzled getting out the door and there was far less whining on the trail this time around (thank you, Annie’s fruit snacks).

We started our hike from the trailhead parking lot off of Rollercoaster Road, as opposed to our usual starting spot near the playgrounds near the Stella Drive entrance. The northern part of the park is my favorite, so we may be opting for this route on days we don’t plan to visit the playground.

Hike 37/52: Mesa Trail

Mesa Trail in Palmer Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Mesa Trail in Palmer Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Mesa Trail in Palmer Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com

Palmer Park | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Mesa Trail
Distance Traveled: 2.25 miles
Time: 1 hour 56 minutes
Elevation Gained: 146 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Saturday, April 2, 2016

Trail Notes

After far too many weeks waiting for Jack to make his grand entrance and three weeks to the day after he finally did, we went out for an easy family hike at one of our go-to parks near home. My very first hike postpartum and our very first hike together as a family of four, it was a little bit rocky getting out the door and a little dramatic the entire way back, but the beautiful sunshine and fresh air made the effort worth it. I know we’ll get the kinks worked out the more often we go out.

I’m looking forward to many, many more family hikes with my guys!

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