Fresh Tracks

Early yesterday morning we made our way to Lake Owen for a little hike and to see how much longer it’s going to be before we can cross-country ski on the Medicine Bow Rail Trail (we’re going to need a few more big storms…)

We were the only car in the parking lot and we were so excited to be the first tracks in the fresh powder down the trail…or so we thought until we realized how much wildlife activity had occurred since Monday’s storm.

Every once in a while we’d stop, shove another piece of Halloween candy into our mouth and examine fresh animal tracks in the snow.

One thing that I don’t appreciate in the summer is the fact that we share the trails with so much wildlife! Walking through a winter wonderland was awesome at helping us attempt to learn about tracks and seeing what animals we could run across on a hike someday.

Here’s what we found. All tracks are up to debate, clearly I’m not that awesome at track identification.


fox3 rabbit deer Mom

fox2 bobcat(ps I have small feet, these tracks were big around 4 inches..)

elk ? ?? bigfoot

Here’s what I learned:

Al always  has the booklet ‘Animal Tracks: An introduction to the tracks and signs of familiar North American species’ in his pack. I totally forgot to grab it before we left.

I also didn’t even think to start including something like a picture of my boot or Nalgene bottle that could help me identify the size of the track until we were almost done with the hike. I know better than this…ugh.

Identifying animal tracks is hard, I really need to go out with someone who is good at it and learn a thing or two.

Do you consider yourself to be an expert at identifying tracks and evidence of animals? I’d love to interview you for a blog post so leave a comment below or shoot me an email. rebecca(at)justtrails(dot)com


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  1. Ha! I am not. I rely on my husband on identifying animal tracks while we are hiking. I always do learn something new from him though. I don’t even know a few of them. The other one though could be a mountain lion? All I know is that a bobcat’s tracks are round-er? That’s all I know. hahaha… a book about wildlife tracks would have been pretty handy.

    • Rebecca |

      I agree! I really need to learn more about tracks.

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