Shinglemill Morrison Backpacking Trip! (Colorado Trail)


Over the weekend, Weez, Cabo, and I hiked 10 miles of the Colorado Trail for a 2 day/1 night backpacking trip. To call it a “misery” trip would be accurate considering the conditions, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say how much FUN it was.
All was well and dry when we got to the trailhead (Shinglemill Morrison).
I LOVE the Colorado Trail. It’s well kept, feels remote, yet super close to Boulder (1.5 hour drive). We didn’t see anyone on our way out on Saturday except for a small handful of mountain bikers.
Two hours into our hike, the skies got sketchy and it started to rain. Time for the rain coats!
Within 30 minutes, the rain picked up from a drizzle to a steady downpour, and we knew we needed to stop ASAP and set up camp. The rain turned to hail, we got the tent set up and we huddled inside, hoping to wait out the rain. Spoiler alert: the rain didn’t stop the rest of the night. And it was 40*F.
Cabo was having none of being coop’ed up in the tent, so sometimes, ya just gotta accept the conditions and go with it.
Cabo was the happiest dog in the world, embracing the soaking wet conditions. Meanwhile, we discovered the perfect little cave that offered wind/water protection, and a dry spot to make a fire. We huddled under that rock, made dinner, laughed at our wet dog, realized we had to sleep with said wet dog, and counted the seconds it took for the thunder to reach us. And then wondered how many coyotes were out there howling into the wind.
Self-timer shot, for the win!

I have come to learn two things in life: 1. Not all campfires are easy to start and 2. I’m never happier than when I’m sharing an amazing (or cold/wet/miserable) experience with my best friend.

I know it was only 1 night, but there’s something so purifying about sleeping on a cold ground, waking up to a wet dog in your face, and your hair wreaking of smoke. Honestly, it’s nights like those I live for.

When we got up in the morning, the rain had stopped. A small breakfast fire to warm up the cold bones later, we packed up our gear and trekked out.

Yo Cabo, next backpacking trip? You’re carrying your own weight (food/water)! :)

9 Comments Add yours

  1. kaitwatts says:

    Looks like fun! I have the same green Go-Lite women’s pack and love it! Actually I love anything Go-Lite.

    1. Efo says:

      Go-Lite totally rocks! I wish I had more of their gear! They just opened a store on Pearl Street and I’m tempted to go and waste away my life savings.

  2. SO JEALOUS!! I’m sorry the weather didn’t cooperate but at least you got out there. We should all go this summer!

    1. Efo says:

      Yes I totally agree! June and July are nuts for us with travel, but I vote for August or September!

  3. Jessica says:

    Even with the rain/hail, you guys make the best of it!!

    1. Efo says:

      Thanks, girl. Happy mother’s day again :) I was definitely thinking of YOU when I posted that video yesterday.

  4. Lisa says:

    Fun times!!! Can’t wait til our next hiking/camping trip to the NH White Mountains :)

  5. Heidi Nicole says:

    It looks like a ton of fun…minus the craptastic weather! But you even got some dog entertainment from the rain! One more thing we have to add to our “some day we’ll try…” list!

  6. That sounds like fun, minus the cold rain part! Haha, I’m such a pansy when it comes to being cold & wet.

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