Conquering Mt. Garfield

Mt. Garfield

Right now is the perfect time for hiking around here.  As soon as it warms up, it is too hot and the only good hiking is up in the mountains.  We are trying to fit in as much as we can this spring and over the weekend, we took the older kids and my niece for a hike to the top of Mt. Garfield. Mt. Garfield is a landmark in our area as it is the most prominent peak in the Book Cliff Mtn Range. This is a hard hike! The hike is about 4.5 miles round trip and the climb is 1900 feet up. Most of the hike is straight up the mountain!  The scenery isn’t too amazing, it is very rocky and deserty {yeah, deserty 😉 } and it is hard to look around too much because you have to constantly watch to see where you should put your feet.  BUT once you reach the top, you have an amazing view of the entire Grand Valley.

Here are a few pics from the way up:

kids part way up

The kids taking a break part way up.

Kirsten's Lion King rock art photo

Kirsten’s rock art work. It is supposed to be Rafiki’s drawing of Simba. Not too bad!

family on top of Mt. Garfield Vaeh and Kirsten The girls Mike and Brenda on top of Mt. Garfield

We finally made it to the top!  Last year when we hiked up here, my friend and I joked about how we should have brought some wine to enjoy while admiring the spectacular view. So this year, in honor of her, I brought a small baby food jar of wine and a piece of cheese. Mike and I only has a small sip each but it was pretty awesome!

Wine on top of t. Garfield Cheese and Wine

 

How is the weather where you are at? Is it hiking season yet?

 

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