I’m finally back with a new hiking post! It’s been a while since I broke out the ‘ole boots and hit the trails and I’m so glad I did. This past weekend really filled up my soul with fresh air, one on one time with my dogs, and relaxing by the lake in the sunshine.
For a while now I’ve been wanting to explore the hiking trails close to my cabin instead of having to drive at least an hour to a hiking destination. I mean, I live in the mountains – there’s PLENTY of trails around me!
To start off I picked the Forsythe Canyon Trail. It’s a 3.2 mile out and back trail located near Nederland and is rated as easy. It allows leashed dogs and along the way, you’ll see a waterfall and a finger of Gross Reservoir surrounded by a rocky beach.
It’s been over a year since I last went hiking so I was a bit out of shape but overall this trail was very doable for me and the pups. The way back to the car was the only slightly challenging part since parts of it was uphill, but nothing that felt too hard. It was a good exercise!
- The trail and the beach are pretty rocky so I’d recommend wearing shoes that provide ankle support. Playing soccer in high school shot my ankles, so I always appreciate the extra support and walking away without a sprained ankle!
- This trail allows dogs, but only on a leash! Please respect the rules and others honoring the rules and keep your dog on a leash. It’s better for the safety of everyone, including the dogs.
- Bring a small snack to enjoy on the beach! We brought string cheese.
- As always, bring protection with you – something for wildlife and something to make sure you don’t land on the next episode of Dateline.
I’m definitely going to continue to explore more hikes near my cabin. They’re typically not as trafficked as the more classic/infamous Colorado trails and I find that much more enjoyable! I also don’t love having to drive 1-3 hours round trip to do a hike. It’s more exhausting and it takes up SO much of my day and I usually have a lot of chores to do on the weekend. So nearby hikes are a win! And there are SO many in my neck of the woods, I just have get to check them out : )