I love exploring. I bet you didn’t realize that by now, but it’s true. I have been here in Colorado going on 8 years now, and despite popular belief I have not been everywhere.
I had never been to the Roaring Fork Valley, which is where the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness lies, on the backside of Mount Massive/ Mount Oklahoma. Instead of a 2ish hour drive it’s more like a 5 hour drive to get there, as there are no roads, and you need to drive way out and around to get there.
My friend Hannah and I had decided to go on an overnight backpacking trip to somewhere new, and selected the Frying Pan Lakes.
We had an incredibly beautiful drive through the aspens, and began our hike in the snow, weaving in an out along our trail up to the lakes.
We hiked among trees, and meadows for a while, then Mount Oklahoma came into view.
Once we arrived at the first lake, we decided that rather than go up to the next two lakes, we’d stay on dry ground and maybe explore in the morning. The trip wasn’t about getting up to some crazy objective, it was about hanging out and spending time together!
We finally found a great spot to camp, with a fire ring, and a dry spot for the tent.
After the sun set behind the ridge, we started a fire so we could stay up longer and keep warm.
We huddled down near the fire, and cooked our dinner on a rock nearby.
We relaxed by the fire, watching the sun set further behind the mountains, enjoying our wine, and chocolate. Because we’re that fancy.
I was very smart during this trip, I brought my 30 degree Enlightened Equiptment down quilt, I ended up wearing a few extra layers. I think the low overnight was under 20, I should have brought a warmer bag.
Convincing myself to get out of the sleeping bag is always the hard part, but watching the sun come up over the ridge was a spectacular way to wake up!
We thought it’d be fun to make pancakes for breakfast at Frying Pan Lakes, and boy was it ever! Such a great way to start a day!
This pano took quite a few tries to get right, but it came out swimmingly!
After breakfast we packed up, and made our way back to the truck.
It was nearing lunch time, so we stopped at Roaring Fork Brewery for lunch, which had decent beer but a fantastic lunch spread! We were also starving.
Hannah and I don’t always get to have fun adventures together but this was such a blast, I’m sure we’ll explore again!