Our first backpacking trip with Mason was a bit of a test, just a quick out-and-back to test the waters of backpacking with a two-and-a-half year old. This trip, his second backpack actually felt like a real backpack. We did three days, backpacking 8 miles the first day, 9 the second, and 10 on our last day. While the mileage was less than what we would normally do, carrying a little one and all of that extra gear more than made up for the fewer miles. By the end of the trip we were pretty exhausted -- which is great, that's one of the attributes that makes for a great trip in my book!
Getting warm after our hike in
Day 2: Jennie Lake to Ranger Lake
Twin Lake (Several pretty nice campsites at Twin Lake)
The view from the pass between Twin Lake and Ranger Lake
Sunset from near Ranger Lake
Day 3 - Ranger Lake - Out
A beautiful morning at Ranger Lake
Planning our day
A favorite activity for the little one was to keep an eye out for interesting feathers. He had a nice collection.
All loaded up and ready to go
Planning our next trip
Chain Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
The Chain Lakes have always been on my radar. We finally made it, on a hot and smoky weekend in late August. It was as beautiful as I imagined.
Too Much Good Stuff
If you're exhausted and happy, you're doing something right.
South Ridge San Jacinto
Being a parent who loves to get out on outdoor adventures can be challenging. While we've successfully taken our little one on numerous backpacking trips and hikes, it's often...
A February Backpack
Being from the northwest, a backpacking trip in February is a bit of a novelty. It can be done, but it takes quite a bit of luck for things to line up correctly, at least for a trip that isn't a complete sufferfest.
Related WritingsChain Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Too Much Good Stuff South Ridge San Jacinto A February Backpack Lake Margaret Loop Pear Lake The Little Man's First Backpacking Trip Sawmill Pass Klonaqua Cradle Loop You do what you have to do to play in the Mountains My Favorite Images From Our Pacific Crest Trail Adventure Maggie Lakes Backpack in November A Solo Backpack Finally. Back to Backpacking Will Backpack for Baked Goods A Return to Backpacking Wallowa Mountain Backpacking Loops The Makings of an Epic Trip: Exploration What I Didn't Expect Along the Pacific Crest Trail Great Backpacking Loop Trips in the Northwest Why I Hike Lessons From the Pacifc Crest Trail
The Built Environment