idaho hiking

idaho adventures — the “top” of idaho, mount borah

Fun fact. Idaho only has one area code: 208. So there is always a big bonding moment with anyone you meet from Idaho about the 208. But Mount Borah is another story. Mount Borah should have its own area code. Because it is way, way up there and although absolutely magnificent like the rest of Idaho (for the most part), it feels like another world entirely. After a point there is no life: no trees, no water, no signs of animals (minus chipmunks who prosper off snacks from hikers), no shade, no nothing but rocks, maybe some (or a thousand) other hikers and a long ways down. Standing at 12,668 feet high, Mount Borah is no joke.

Conquering Mount Borah has been on Krista’s and my summer bucket list for a while now. So without further delay, here is the story of that one time #thebrassblossom (almost) summitted Mount Borah:

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#thebrassblossom toyed with the idea of climbing Mount Borah for several weeks. But it seemed like every time #thebrassblossom attempted to rally troops (begged, pleaded, attempted to convince them it would be a fun time with strong, independent, Idaho women…) to go with them there was just too much fun and summer activity going on to spare an entire day. So finally #thebrassblossom bucked up and decided they were going, regardless of if anyone else was going to join them. But as fate would have it, #thebrassblossom’s pleading convinced their fine, fair skinned, Washington born, lovely friend with an infectious laugh, Tori to join. #success.

True to form, #thebrassblossom didn’t just go out without doing some research. #thebrassblossom did extensive internet research and asked many “locals” what was really up with climbing Mount Borah. #thebrassblossom got several responses along the lines of: “heal yeah!” or “oh yeah, I did that in college and drank a fifth of whiskey along the way!” or “five hours at a leisurely pace!” or “the downhill is the worst pain you will ever encounter!” With those thoughts/encouragements/atrocities in mind #thebrassblossom made a plan: leave Ketchum at 6:00 am after getting coffee (no sooner – because let’s be honest, Krista’s finest hours are nowhere near the morning…), drive the hour to the base of Mount Borah and embark! #thebrassblossom gathered snacks (brie of course), some pink champagne (obvi!) and made a bandanna prayer flag for the top. Taylor’s boy even outfitted her with his backpack, a whistle, a first aid kit, a pee-pee kit and trekking poles the evening before. #thebrassblossom and Tori were set for adventure.

The drive was comparable to herding cattle but #thebrassblossom and Tori made it to the base in no time and set off at around 8:00 am. Things were going pretty peachy at a nice and easy (slow and steady wins the race people) pace until Krista forgot her sunglasses on a stump and had to turnaround. Lesson #1: always check your surroundings when you leave! The trail continued literally straight up and there were quite a few curse words said about whoever the eff made the trail. At some point, Tori took her pants off (quickly replaced by shorts of course! but by far the best view the side of Borah has seen in a long time…) as the heat of the day was starting to set in. Finally the timber disappeared and the trail continued through rocky-shale and reached LITERALLY the only flat spot on all of Mount Borah. From that point, it was like another world. There were no trees and #thebrassblossom and Tori were surrounded for miles by rock and level with most surrounding peaks. It honestly felt more like the moon than Idaho. It was truly a time and a place in life that cannot be recreated.

At that flat point with Mount Borah looming in the background and “Chickenout Ridge” appearing to go straight up to the sky, #thebrassblossom and Tori decided jumping photos were necessary. Lesson #2: white girls cant jump. From there, #thebrassblossom and Tori forged on steadily until the bottom of “Chickenout Ridge.” Now let us tell you something about that ridge – it is not for the faint at heart, the sensible, the weak or most of the people who were actually on it. It was also at that point that #thebrassblossom and Tori encountered the super-highway of people on the mountain (mostly men in fact who were packing guns and always greeted us with “Hey ladies!” not joking, kinda creepy?). We kid you not, literally there were 100+ other people from Chickenout Ridge on.

#thebrassblossom and Tori got a bit psyched out prior to crossing the ridge by the other “hikers” that were coming down. The remarks ranged from “it’s only worse from here” to “this is God’s mountain and people aren’t meant to be up here!” (again not joking…). #thebrassblossom and Tori were further psyched out by two young (unattended, like with no parents) tween boys who were tornado-ing off the ridge in SKATE SHOES as we were beginning the ridge. Lesson #3: Do not wear skate shoes to climb Mount Borah. Lesson #4: Do not climb Borah if you are under 16 without supervision. Lesson #6: Do not attempt Borah on a weekend as it is a super-highway of hell.

But #thebrassblossom and Tori decided the safest place for us was as far away from the superhighway as possible and that meant up. So #thebrassblossom and Tori scurried (for the most part) up and across approximately 3/4 of Chickenout Ridge, at which point we called it our Summit. We were done. It had been a little over 4 hours, we were a bit scarred by the passings on Chickenout Ridge and needed some Brie and Champagne to calm our nerves. Plus isn’t creating your own summit even cooler! #thebrassblossomsummit

Before heading down, we enjoyed a fine picnic lunch, took so many pictures and “popped” one bottle of champagne. Lesson #6: Make sure if you hike up thousands of feet and risk your life that the bottles of champagne you intend to “pop” actually pop and don’t twist off. Lesson #7: The altitude kinda makes you drunk so you don’t EACH need a mini-bottle. After a bit of refueling and getting our wits together, #thebrassblossom and Tori headed on down from “our” summit (literally). And it was HELL. Literally worst thing ever on your toes, calves, thighs, soul and sense of self. #thebrassblossom and Tori all agreed we would rather hike up twice than ever do that downhill. But it was a probably a character builder in the end. Lesson #8: Don’t get a nice pedicure before you summit Borah because you will ruin it.

Once down, #thebrassblossom and Tori enjoyed sponge baths to rid the caked layers of dirt on our legs, snacked on pounds of chips, hummus and snap peas and enjoyed a pleasant drive back to the Valley. And since those snacks didn’t even come close enough to filling our bellies that just conquered Mount Borah (pretty much, close enough), we drove immediately to Grumpy’s to nom. #thebrassblossom and Tori may have been made fun of for our slight limps and stiff gaits (somewhat similar to that of the Tin Man) and incredibly sun burned legs. Lesson #9: Public humiliation is worth it for Grumpy’s and even if you already applied it, reapply sunscreen when you are way up there in the sky because you will turn into a little tomato with sock tan lines that peel right before a wedding…awk.

And that’s our story. We had an amazing time filled with so much sun, so little shade, lots of laughs, some highs from lack of oxygen, a few sips of champagne, a pound or two of Brie (each) and a glorifying experience at our summit of 11,601 (to be exact) feet. And while we didn’t make the actual summit of Borah, we made it exactly as far as we all needed. We pushed our limits (both mental and physical), enjoyed a full day of each other’s company and had an experience that led to no regrets. Cheers to Mount Borah!

there is nothing to rival a morning in the copper basin

there is nothing to rival a morning in the copper basin

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the beginning...

the beginning…

obvious necessities...thank you mr hawkes!

obvious necessities…thank you mr hawkes! #hydrateordie

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mout borah looming in the background

not quite sure about this…

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this is not on you jump

this is not how you jump…

success

success

chickenout ridge leading straight up to the sky

chickenout ridge leading straight up to the sky

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the only picture i managed to capture going up chickenout ridge (the beginning)

the view from our summit!

the view from our summit!

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cheers!

cheers!

"popping" bottles

“popping” bottles

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we forgot a knife...thank god casey packed us a firstaid kit with scissors!

we forgot a knife…thank god casey packed us a firstaid kit with scissors!

krista in her element

krista in her element

#thebrassblossom

#thebrassblossom

and tori!

and tori!

some "play hard give back" to compliment the brie

some “play hard give back” to compliment the brie

firstlite + pink champagne

firstlite + pink champagne + brie

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tourist photo #1

tourist photo #2

tourist photo #2

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our homemade prayer flag

our homemade prayer flag

#teamcasey

#teamcasey

❤ PBD

grandma gigi

aunt gina / grandma gigi ❤

TR <3

TD ❤

peace out mount borah

peace out mount borah

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going down the final part of chickenout ridge

going down the final part of chickenout ridge

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heart rocks

heart rocks

grumpy's = life complete

the end…

so bad but so good

so bad but so good

until next time mount borah! (or not and that would be okay too...)

until next time mount borah! (or not and that would be okay too…)

krista and taylor

 brass blossom

idaho adventures – silver lake (idaho’s best kept secret)

This past fourth of July weekend, I literally had just the best weekend. It was all about celebrating the Fourth with hiking followed by copious amounts of food. Some amazing (and originally local, Idaho raised! minus Lizzie who was just an added bonus!) friends were in town from San Francisco so we set out on an Idaho Adventure to Silver Lake. Silver Lake is truly Idaho’s best kept secret. I couldn’t find the directions in my hiking book and it is relatively obscure on the internet, which generally means it is pretty uncharted territory. And there is good reason for that.

The “trailhead,” which doesn’t really exist, starts out at about 8,000 feet after a somewhat treacherous and long drive straight up into the Sawtooth Mountains. We had no directions and thought we were lost several times so the drive took quite a while. But after holding my phone out the window (to find some service), on top of a mountain to call my mom’s friend who had just hiked there (thank you again, Roni!), we were able to find the start of the trail. My friends, if you plan to go to Silver Lake use four wheel drive and make sure you have a friend who is used to driving up the side of mountains with no fear (thanks to a few high school canyon parties).

Between the drive and the trail that literally just runs into a rock face, Silver Lake is a tricky little lake to find. But it is worth it. Luckily, as with most mountain lakes, the lake is in a large basin so after we forged our own trail traversing around the basin we found Silver Lake located snuggly at the base of the basin.

And while the obscurity of this hike helps to keep it as one of Idaho’s best kept secret, I just had to share this hike because of how breathtakingly beautiful it is. There is literally a mountain side full of fresh blooming lupine (think wildflower heaven x Sound of Music x 1000 in amazingness factor), rock slides and scree to scurry, a few rock faces to scramble and crystal clear Silver Lake to swim in that is located at 9,700 feet just about at tree line. The hike is remote (all while being so close) and is one of those hikes that reminds you how vast and magnificent nature really can be. Plus with some fabulous and adventerous company there is oodles of fun, handstands and donkey kicks to be had!

Here is a look! We had some pre and post-hike goat snuggles of course…

goats & girls

goats & girls

jessie & her bff, bernard

jessie & her bff, bernard

the drive up

the drive up

the "woman cruiser" - set your parking brakes people!

the “woman cruiser” – set your parking brakes people!

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wildflower heaven

wildflower heaven

the smells were truly intoxicating

the smells were truly intoxicating

thanks random couple for the picture!

thanks random couple for the picture!

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just a little lost…

a pretty little lake we found (aka not silver lake)

a pretty little lake we found (aka not silver lake)

we found it!

we found it!

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attempt at a timer photo

attempt at a timer photo

cover photo for their new band staring idaho girls + lizzie

cover photo for their new band staring idaho twins + lizzie

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love these two!

love these two!

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new hiking shoes

picnic lunch - brie always wins

picnic lunch of apple & brie – brie always wins

taking the plunge!

taking the plunge!

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cody and her gopro captured me at a slightly more graceful angle

cody and her gopro captured me at the coolest angle

lake handstands

lake handstands

cody too!

cody too!

lizzie felt left out so she showed us her perfected donkey kick

lizzie felt left out so she showed us her perfected donkey kick

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no caption needed

heading home...

heading home…

the craziest plant i have ever seen

the craziest plant i have ever seen

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heading home...

jess pondering life

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wildflower handstands by cody

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idaho friends

idaho friends

present!

present!

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until next time silver lake!

until next time silver lake!

Perhaps the unknown and wandering upped how amazing this hike actually was. But if you are actually itching to go to Silver Lake here are a few quick directions that would have been quite helpful: at the north end of the Baker Creek parking lot cross the bridge and follow the road for several miles. Keep right every time the road forks. You will literally drive straight up mountains. Just keep going. It will likely be okay. Finally the road will run into a grove of Aspen trees and there appears to be somewhat of a parking spot. Make sure to set your parking brake so you will have a ride home. Cross through the trees to find the trail that leads into wildflower heaven and continue on the trail. When the trail ends into a rock face, look to your left and there will be a fragment of a trail that crosses the second waterfall you will see. Scurry across the rocks, stream, boulders and up the rocks that will lead you directly to the base of the lake. If that sounds too intense, do what we did and scurry up the rock wall, then randomly wander in the basin until you find the lake. Good luck!

taylor brass

brass blossom

weekend love it – globe trotting & gratitude

I have super exciting news. Like take a seat news. I am off to Okinawa, Japan. Yay!! I slightly hinted about my upcoming travels in my last weekend love it (because I just couldn’t resist) and have pretty much been thinking and talking about Japan since I booked my ticket.

Spontaneous would likely never be a word anyone would use to describe me. But when my aunt invited me to tag along to Okinawa with her and my cousin I just couldn’t say no. One thing that I have come to terms with this year (and not willingly) is that life keeps keeping on regardless of if you are on board. Four months ago I imagined I would be prepping binders and color-coded folders for grad school and not jet setting off to Japan for the vacation of a lifetime. But life happens. I don’t know if I will ever go as far to say I’m blessed to have experienced what has happened thus far in 2015 but I will say that I am gracious. I am gracious for my current status, mindset, physical location and supposed projected course in life.

So with that exciting news out of the bag, here is what I have been loving!

1. globe trotting – okinawa, japan. Japan has not once ever been a destination that I have thought about going to. But after doing a bit of research, I literally cannot wait to touch down in Okinawa. Something else that I am looking forward to is just checking out and enjoying what our travels have to offer. I have downloaded several books, packed my bag and am just along for the ride at this point. Plus sitting on a beach with incredible company and a view that is worthy of a postcard won’t be half bad either.

A post-travel blog post will definitely be in order!

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2. yoga girl. One of my good friends who is not only brilliant but also beautiful on the inside and outside recommended that I read (and stalk) Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen after reading my last post. This friend has also been dealt her fair share of “wtf life” and come out on the other side with such an amazing soul and outlook on life (and she isn’t just all rainbows and sunshine either, which I just so appreciate, she is real life). So when she recommended this book and that I checkout Rachel Brathen on Instagram, I knew it had to be good. Maybe it’s the yoga and all the gratitude speaking but it felt like one of those signs from the universe pointing me to exactly what I needed.

So after a probably not so healthy stalking of Yoga Girl’s Instagram I ordered her book. I have thus far loved following Rachel Brathen on Instagram and reading her blog and cannot wait to dive into her book on the plane. Go follow her on Instagram (if not only for some amazing pictures) for some self love and restoration because everyone needs it at one time or another.

yoga girl by rachel braken

yoga girl by rachel brathen + white vacation nails

3. bikini. Growing up swimming competitively I have a true appreciation for swimsuits. I searched for the perfect bikini for my travels and at the last minute came across this beautyI had never heard of Khongboon Swimwear before and discovered them on Instagram (by far my favorite form of social media). I was immediately smitten by the style of their suits and the fun patterns. Think Mikoh bikinis + amazing patterns at half the price.

Unfortunately the bikini I ordered didn’t arrive in time for my trip, but a trip to Japan can simply not be ruined by a bikini. And perhaps it was for the best though as I was e-mailed just after my order shipped that the bikinis run about 1/3 size small. An exchange may be in order but I plan to wear this suit (if all goes swimmingly – pun intended!) at the pool and lake this summer.

khongboon swimwear - nerja bikini

khongboon swimwear – nerja bikini

4. four five seconds. I cannot tell you why I really like this song. I cannot even tell if I’m even embarrassed that I listen to it on repeat and don’t even know what the song means. It’s just one of those songs that resonates with me and makes me car dance and sing in a way that I should be embarrassed about. Cheers to having a guilty pleasure every once in a while.

Also I’m still confused about what part Paul McCartney plays in the song…

5. balayage. As a natural brunette I have never felt that there is much I could do with my hair without losing it’s natural color. That is until I heard about balayage. Balayage just confirms that blondes aren’t the only ones that can have fun. So I decided to drink the cool-aid and got the most fantastic, hand-painted color in my hair last week by Danielle at Vertu. For anyone looking for a little change without huge commitment I highly recommend balayage!

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waiting in the chair

balayage

balayage

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so many hair pictures

6. spring time sunny hikes. Most people love Sun Valley, Idaho for the winters. There are literally so many snow-filled activities. But I just love the summers. I would love Sun Valley summer all year long and I understand this probably offends many. One of my favorite parts about Summer is hiking. A dirt trail to somewhere breathtaking (since mostely everywhere in Idaho is breathtaking), some people or dog company and the tranquillity that comes with immersing yourself into full on wilderness (ish) is something that is difficult to beat.

I have enjoyed several hikes recently but perhaps my favorite was one that took us off trail in the general direction that we wanted to go with spectacular views of Baldy. When he summited (makes me feel like a badass to say that) we took a hot second to enjoy the view and snap a few pictures. Channeling my inner yoga girl I decided yoga on a mountain was necessary and took a hand stand. Obviously it went on Instagram and then it was miraculously retweeted by Visit Sun Valley. Cue fifteen minutes of fame.

hiking up the backside of taylor canyon

hiking up the backside of taylor canyon

maude pod posing like a good girl

maude pod posing like a good girl

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love these ladies!

love these ladies!

yoga on a mountain

yoga on a mountain

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my fifteen minutes of instagram fame

pugger walks

pugger walks

proof my pug can actually walk by herself

proof my pug can actually walk by herself

love bugs

love bugs

I am off to enjoy my travels now but I wish you all a wonderful weekend and week!

taylor brass

brass blossom

idaho adventures – goat lake

goat lake | stanley idaho

goat lake | stanley, idaho

It was just one of those weekends for both Krista and I. We had a bit too much on our plates but were determined to set out on an “Idaho Adventure.” So we firmly decided to just make it work and dedicate Sunday to an adventure filled day in Stanley, Idaho with our friend Abbey. Fun fact, Stanley, Idaho earns the title of being the coldest place in the continental United States during the long Winter months. Other than Stanley’s not-so-inviting Winter temperatures, the town and surrounding wilderness are captivating.

So to take in a final bit of the semi-warm wilderness near Stanley, we ventured to Goat Lake. And when I say ventured, I mean hiked, crawled, scrambled, jumped and slid our way to the lake. Getting to Goat Lake is not for the faint of heart. The three of us consider ourselves fairly adept hikers but we were not quite prepared for what was in store for us. Since we didn’t see any mountain goats, we concluded it’s called “Goat” lake since you have to literally be a goat to make it there.

The first three miles of the hike were like a walk in the park. The trail was nicely maintained and we cruised all the way to where our directions indicated that the trail disappears. And our directions were right. The trail just completely disappeared into a rock wall at the point where you fork off for the waterfall or continue on for the lake. So we left the trail and bushwhacked (and got seriously whacked by bushes) to the breathtaking waterfall where we obviously captured tons of pictures. Waterfalls are not abundant in Idaho.

With the spectacular views of the waterfall as motivation to move on, we scaled a ten foot granite slab to find the “trail” to Goat Lake. Now the term trail should be used lightly as it is incredibly unmaintained. We essentially followed the dogs for the final miles as they seemed to somehow know where they were going. And the final jaunt to the lake consisted of boulder hopping. Thankfully Krista, as the only non-legally blind hiker, was an expert cairn spotter and managed to guide us towards the lake.

But the steep ascent, lack of trail, boulder hopping, getting lost and whacked by bushes/rocks/dogs were all worth it when the lake suddenly appeared behind the boulders flanked by scaling peaks with bases of snow. The lake and views at the top were restorative. We settled on a few flat rocks on the edge of the lake to rejuvenate. The busy weekend full of too many obligations seemed lightyears away as we were sitting at 8,200 feet in the crisp mountain air sunning our sure-to-be sore bodies.

An abundance of pictures are below of our adventure!

the trail until it simply disappears

parley leading the way on the trail until it simply disappears

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goat lake waterfall

goat lake waterfall (worth being whacked by bushes)

krista & parley

krista & parley

girls & their dogs

girls & their dogs

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scaling the 10 foot granite slab to the "trail'

scaling 10 foot granite slabs

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boulders for miles

a cairn indicating the way

a precarious cairn marking the way

looking back towards stanley, idaho

looking back towards stanley, idaho

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first view of goat lake

first view of goat lake

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parley claiming our spot!

parley claiming our spot!

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duncan was our fearless leader

duncan was our fearless leader

snoozing

snoozing for the adventure down

abbey and duncan

abbey and duncan

krista & parley

krista & parley

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the brass blossom does goat lake

the brass blossom does goat lake

because every stunning view deserves a yoga pose

because every stunning view deserves a yoga pose

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ready to head back!

the pups ready to head back!

until next time goat lake!

until next time, goat lake!

FYI, if you are looking to hike to Goat Lake in the Stanley Basin, follow these directions as we found them most helpful!

krista and taylor

brass blossom

idaho adventures – pioneer cabin

pioneer cabin | "the higher you get, the higher you get"

pioneer cabin | “the higher you get, the higher you get”

To take full advantage of the Indian Summer we are currently enjoying, Krista and I decided to embark on another Idaho Adventure this weekend. Along with our friend Rachel, we gathered our hiking shoes, backpacks, dogs and a picnic and set off to hike to Pioneer Cabin.

Pioneer Cabin is an iconic image and hike of Sun Valley, Idaho. Think like the Eiffel Tower of Paris. The cabin was originally built in 1937 by the Sun Valley Company and resides at a mere 9,500 feet. The cabin is nestled into the Pioneer Mountain Range and views of the surrounding basin are breathtaking. The quizzical words written across the roof of the cabin add to the daunting views and the surrounding basins that seem to engulf you.

The reiteration of, “The higher you get, the higher you get” is written on the roof of the cabin. To the best of my knowledge and internet research browsing, I am unable to determine or even speculate where the saying originally came from. But perhaps this is the point. It adds to the self reflection that inevitably occurs when surrounded by such a vast and spectacular setting. It allows each interpreter and visitor to “take” what they deem necessary from the cabin, the views and the hike that leads so such a breathtaking elevation (literally and physically).

Here is a look at our adventure!

trail head - we took the pioneer cabin trail up and down

trail head – we took the pioneer cabin trail up and down

the one and only bridge crossing

the one and only bridge crossing – make sure to bring water for any doggie companions, as the only water is at the very beginning

make sure to sign your party in!

make sure to sign your party in!

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krista venturing towards pioneer cabin

krista venturing towards pioneer cabin

panoramic view of the high mountain landscape

panoramic view of the high mountain landscape

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almost there!

almost there!

the pups couldn't wait to reach the cabin!

the pups couldn’t wait to reach the cabin!

upon arriving at the spectacular cabin

upon arriving at the spectacular, pioneer cabin

To be honest, this isn’t a hike for the weary. The hike leading to the cabin consists of only 3.5 miles of nicely maintained trail but you gain 2500 feet of elevation in those 3.5 miles. The hike literally goes straight up and then straight down. One of those hikes that your quads, hamstrings, calves, feet and lower back inevitably feel regardless of how great of shape you are in…but it is well worth the burn and soreness the next day!

picnic view looking out towards the pioneer mountains

picnic view looking out towards the pioneer mountains

picnic lunch - nothing tastes better than goat cheese at 9500 feet

classy picnic lunch – nothing tastes better than goat cheese at 9500 feet

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just a bit cold at the top - make sure to bring an extra sweater for the top!

just a bit cold at the top – make sure to bring an extra sweater for the top!

the cabin door...

the cabin door…

rachel & taylor venturing in for a peek

rachel & taylor venturing in for a peek

taylor & the boy signed the cabin many years ago

taylor & the boy signed one of the rafters of the cabin many years ago – always fun to find again!

the cabin is full of signatures and quotes

the cabin is full of signatures and quotes (note the sketchy teddy bear?)

rachel & krista surprised me with an early birthday cupcake at the top!

rachel & krista surprised me with an early birthday cupcake at the top!

candid shots

candid shot

the brass blossom does pioneer cabin

the brass blossom does pioneer cabin

enjoying the beautiful drive out plus being in a seated position

enjoying the beautiful drive out plus being in a seated position

All in all we scurried up to the cabin in about one hour and forty minutes and then skipped down in about an hour. Despite the elevation gain and the overwhelming desire to maintain a horizontal position for hours after the hike, this hike is one of those hikes that is a must do each year. The view topping over the mountain when the cabin and the Pioneer Mountain Range first become visible never gets old. The saying “the higher you get, the higher you get” is just as profoundly quizzical each time viewing the cabin, drawing us back year after year.

krista and taylor

brass blossom