For our first day of winter break we decided we needed a winter hike.
I love the drive into the Canyon, but less so when there is construction.
Luckily I had lots of coffee with me.
We love visiting Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park any time of year. I often come here when I am not sure what the conditions might be because it is a flat easy hike if you want it to be or you can add on as much as you like. We also have big goals to get in really good hiking shape for big hiking trips we have planned for this year.
It was very cold and windy so I am glad I brought all of the kids snow gear, I just wish I had heavier gloves for all of us.
We are also on the hunt for micro spikes for the kids this year so we can hike even when it’s icy. We are considering getting THESE.
We have had these Target snow boots for years and love them, they work really well and hold up. You don’t always need really expensive gear to get out and adventure. Paired with THESE wool socks their feet stay nice and warm.
I have THESE snow boots from Keen that I got the first year we moved to Colorado for winter hiking and snow shoeing. I LOVE these boots after 13 years they are still like new, waterproof, great traction, comfortable and warm. They were such a good buy!
We also bought these balaclavas for the kids for skiing and winter hikes. They wear them under their ski helmets and under knit hats on really cold days.
Under their snow gear the kids both wear THIS base layer from 32 degrees. Then depending on how cold/windy/snowy it is they will wear a sweat suit, jogger set or fleece as a mid layer.
Do you like to hike in the winter?
Do you have a piece of gear that you have loved for over 10 years?