October will mark a year since my husband and I made the decision that I would quit my full-time job and stay home with our three children (yeah…that’s a whole other post to come). To say that it’s been an “adjustment” is quite the understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to be home with my babies, but at the same time, I was use to getting out of the house five days of the week, trying new trendy spots downtown to eat on my lunch breaks and taking walks by my office in Old Colorado City BY MYSELF if my heart so desired, on a quick afternoon break.
When I quit my job, it was right as “The Longest Colorado Winter” began, which made getting out of the house with two boys under two even harder! So, my husband (who is a teacher and has summers off) and I made a deal: once summer shined it’s perky little head out to play, we would make the most of it. And we have! We spend more time outside than in and have found some great family-friendly hikes. I’d love to share two of them with you so that you don’t feel home bound like I did.
Palmer Lake Reservoirs
This is a gorgeous hike located in Palmer Lake that I would rate easy to moderate. The whole hike was about 3.5 miles long. When we do this hike, I have my 7 month old on my back in the ergo, my husband has our two-year-old son in a hiking carrier and my 9-year old is happy to carry our water on his back. I suggest starting your hikes early morning so that the sun isn’t too intense. We hiked all the way up to the second reservoir and went a little farther than usual to the other side for a beautiful view and picnic lunch.
Reminder: Bring plenty of water and some snacks for along the way, if it’s a hot day, take advantage of the shady areas for your resting spots. Have Fun!
The Seven Bridges
This is another beautiful and family-friendly hike in North Cheyenne Canyon. I would also rate this one as an easy to moderate hike that takes between 2-3 hours to complete. It is a little under 5 miles total. For the endurance of the hike, the rushing creek is always right by your side. You will have to hike in about 1 mile before getting to the actual trail head but once there, it’s super fun! This is a family favorite because the majority of the trail is shaded and the kids love to count the bridges as they hike; they know when they get to the seventh one, it’s time to turn back around. I highly suggest this hike…you won’t regret it! You can also stop to see the Helen Hunt Falls on your way in or out of the area.
Get Out and GO!
We are making the most of our summer and I hope that you do too! This is only two of many amazing hikes found here in or close to Colorado Springs. Going on a hike doesn’t take too much planning, it’s free, you get in a workout and you are regaining some of your precious sanity by getting out of the house! What more could a mom ask for?