Crater Lakes Trail via Moffat Tunnel….. you’re too much for hike #4. Okay, so this hike was a DOOZY. I had no idea what it would be like going into it. At least I had my new dog, Riley, that I adopted the day before so I was able to blame my breaks on him. He’s a lab. Such low energy dogs, ya know? Always needing breaks.
July 20, 2019
Difficulty level: Hard
Elevation Gain: 1,804
Temperature: 65-75 degrees
Summary: This hike is between 6.5 – 8.5 miles. When I went two Sundays ago, my Apple watch said I hiked 8.6 miles. This doesn’t surprise me because this guy is a tough one. On a scale of one to ouch I was close to that ouch mark.
You enter the trail and there’s not much elevation gain right off the bat, or even for the first 45 minutes. For views, you’ll see some people camping, lots of black labs & huskies, and then some snow the further in you get. Around the hour mark you may start feeling the burn. You may think this is a pretty easy trail at this point. But no, that’s nothin. Wait until you get to the point where you think it’s the end… oh man it’s not. Prepare for some stopping to catch your breath along the way up. Unless you just did a tough mudder or ran the New York Marathon last week, you’ll probably be starting to get a bitchy, borderline complainy, attitude– like I was. And you really can’t turn around, so just keep climbing because the views are SO worth it. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Location: The Thirsty Lion Gastropub (LoDo, CO) — Other locations as well (AZ, TX, OR)
Beer: 10 Barrel Cucumber Crush – From Oregon
Brew Review: This is a refreshing sour from 10 Barrel Brewing Co based in OR. It smells like a pickle, so I’m loving that! Personally I like my beers tart, but if a jolly rancher is too sour for you, this beer probably will be too. The Thirsty Lion (right next to Union Station) has a giant wrap around patio, so feel free to bring your dog after the hike. Enjoy!
From start to finish (8.6 miles, 990 calories)