Trail Report: Shoreline/Crow Creek/Granite Ridge (Curt Gowdy State Park) 3-10-15

Something weird happened today. Normally I'm all about enjoying the snow before it melts into spring. But today I just didn't feel like layering my kids up and dealing with the hassle that is all the extra gear we need when we ski or snowshoe. So, we hopped in the car and headed to Curt Gowdy State Park. I was curious what the trail conditions were and I knew that we'd find mud and that alone would make my kids happy campers. We spent a few hours wandering around the park. We hiked on portions of the Shoreline, Crow Creek…

12 Trails of Christmas: Happy Jack

We love Happy Jack. Not just because it's a 15 minute commute from our garage to the trailhead but because Happy Jack combines the perfect trifeca of a wicked fast sledding hill with winter trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Sure, you can also fat bike and snowboard on the trails from the Happy Jack trailhead too so I guess that would make it the perfect quintfecta. We also love that the Happy Jack trailhead is just a wee bit more protected from the wind than the Tie City trailhead. (Notice I said wee bit, no part of Pole Mountain is…

You hike right into a Mama bear and her cubs…#NowWhat (Scenario)

We had so much fun with last week's Mountain Lion scenario that we had to throw in a bear scenario this week as part of our #NowWhat series. This week's situation is as follows: Read Set Discuss!!! What would you do? Chime in below in the comments, on twitter, facebook, pinterest or google+. We'll let you know what we'd do a post a recap on Thursday so stay tuned!

To Hike or Snowshoe?

Happy New Year! There's only one way to work all that champagne out of your system and it's to snowshoe! You all made a new years resolution to snowshoe more this winter right? We're back with our Wednesday snowshoe series talking about when to hike and when to snowshoe. So far we've discussed the history of snowshoeing, why to snowshoe, how to choose a pair of snowshoes, where to buy snowshoes, the clothing and gear needed to snowshoe, and what to pack for a day on the trails. Today we're talking about when to snowshoe vs hike. A lot of…

What type of hiker are you?

Spending a lot of time on the trail gives a person a lot of time to think. And while I've always known that people approach hiking differently and that people hike for all manner of different reasons, lately I've started to notice some broad groups that account for most hiking styles. There are many exceptions but I've found these seem to capture most hikers I've come across. The first one that comes to mind is the person who is just out for a stroll. More than anything this person wants to be out in nature and is maybe even looking…

Can hikers and cyclists coexist?

Lately the outdoor community has been buzzing about mountain bikers and hikers sharing the same trail, specifically the  Pacific Crest Trail and according to Rocky Mountain Journal, a 2-mile section of trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. We've written about sharing the trails before but for some reason the debate surrounding the Pacific Crest Trail seems downright nasty. Those who think that the Pacific Crest Trail should be closed to bicycles cite reasons like "it'll change the dynamics and experience of the PCT" and "if that happens I'll go out of my way to pull step-over logs across the trail on blind corners." They…