I anticipated wrapping up our first 52 Hike Challenge by the end of April, but the universe had other plans. A day or two after hike 46, both boys got really sick and ended up in the hospital for a few days. Recovery was slow but steady, and after about three weeks off, we all were ready to get back out on the trails with our friends.

Most of the trails in this set were new to us and a rather nice change of pace. As much as we’ve hiked in Colorado Springs over the last nine months, I often realize I am only beginning to scratch the surface of what’s available to us here!

Read on for my trail notes from hikes 45 through 48 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 48/52: Lower Columbine Trail

North Cheyenne Cañon Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
North Cheyenne Cañon Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
North Cheyenne Cañon Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com

North Cheyenne Cañon | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Lower Columbine Trail
Distance Traveled: 2.83 miles
Time: 2 hours 23 minutes
Elevation Gained: 320 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Trail Notes

Luke, Jack, and I met some of our favorite hike buddies for a new-to-us trail: the Columbine Trail in North Cheyenne Cañon Park. The six of us hiked the lower portion of the trail and stopped frequently to throw rocks into the beautiful creek that ran alongside our path. We plan to complete the entire trail this summer, one segment at a time.

Hike 47/52: Homestead Ranch Regional Park Trail

Homestead Ranch Regional Park Trail in Peyton, CO • twokidsintow.com
Homestead Ranch Regional Park Trail in Peyton, CO • twokidsintow.com
Homestead Ranch Regional Park Trail in Peyton, CO • twokidsintow.com

Homestead Ranch Regional Park | Peyton, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Homestead Ranch Regional Park Trail
Distance Traveled: 2.66 miles
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Elevation Gained: 175 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Trail Notes

On Mother’s Day, we went for a hike and a picnic at Homestead Ranch. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised at just how beautiful the park was! We weren’t expecting to see so many trees. We hiked only one of the two loops, so I’m excited to head back to check out the one we skipped.

Hike 46/52: 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: 1.97 miles
Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
Elevation Gained: 64 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Trail Notes

Gotta love friends who can’t resist a playdate on the trail! We met some of our favorite “hike it friends” for lunch and a short hike up to one of our favorite spots in the Springs. Luke loved seeing all of the dogs along the way and splashing in the big puddle at the top.

Hike 45/52: Sundance and Talon Trails

Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com
Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, CO • twokidsintow.com

Cheyenne Mountain State Park | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stats

Hike/Trail Name: Sundance and Talon Trails
Distance Traveled: 3.74 miles
Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Elevation Gained: 253 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Date Completed: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Trail Notes

We set two records today. First, Luke logged his longest hike to date: 3.74 miles! And second, I set the record for the number of times I’ve yelled “COME ON, LUKE!” on a hike.

To be totally honest, this hike was a hard one for me. I felt like all I did was yell “Come on!” “Let’s go!” and “Keep moving!” back down the trail for three and a half hours. Shout out to my friend, September, for being right there in the trenches with me or else there may have been a few swear words peppered in there as well!

I’m so grateful for my tribe of hike buddies. Hiking with a toddler can be hard, but the support of having someone else in the same boat as you can completely make up for that. I sure love my Hike it Baby family!

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