The hike begins with a steep ascent. Perfect for grabbing roots, climbing rocks, and spotting the next blaze...perfect for engaging my 2 1/2 year old! She led the way (with me closely behind!) cheering herself on at the tough times "I can do it!"
With plenty of songs, including "Let It Go", and a few stops to look at leaves, fungus, and deer, she lasted nearly 2 miles! After that she was out. She slept all through lunch at the peak of Hook Mountain and woke up just as we were leaving the trail.
We covered nearly 5 miles in just under 3.5 hours including lunch.
- Don't hike alone, especially with infants & toddlers.
- Apps make tracking your progress fun, but don't use as a replacement for a map.
- Hiking with my husband not only made for an awesome family hike day, but really helped when I needed to take a break carrying our daughter!
- If you have bony hips like me, use socks or some sort of padding to prevent sore hipbones the following day. A drawback from switching from the Kelty to the Ergo.
- Get some really good food afterwards!
- For direction to the trailhead, contact me