At the end of May, I hiked Kane Mountain with Rocco – yes! One of the kiddos I use to watch 🙂 He wants to one day become a 46er so in the mean time, we’re working up to longer day hikes.
We left pretty early in the morning despite it being a short hike because the temps were suppose to be in the low 90s; extra water was packed just in case. When we got to the trailhead, we had two options: hike the shorter route or the longer route (1.2 miles). I left it up to Rocco and he chose the longer route – my kind of hiking partner! It was an easy hike, wandering through the woods, me listening to his recent trip to Universal Studios. This was my second hike with him this year, and he’s already caught on to the signs of the mountain, i.e. what it looks like the closer you summit a peak. Before we knew it, we found the fire tower!
We climbed but I stopped before reaching the top – hello fear of heights – and climbed back down to get a photograph of him on the tower. I then counted how many I needed to climb further to reach the top and basically told myself to suck it up because the kid deserved a view. Up we went… and the views were phenomenal!
We probably stayed up there a good 10-15 minutes looking out at the view and enjoying the breeze. When we climbed down, we checked out the cabin – it’s sad that teens/people treat it this way – and then headed down what I assumed was the shorter trail for a change of scenery, as there were a ton of people headed up. Well, this put us on the opposite side of the mountain. No big deal! I knew where we were, so we walked down the road and past Green Lake to the car. Added miles is never a bad thing on a short day. We gave each other a high five when we reached the car and enjoyed the galaxy popcorn his mom packed us as a snack. It was a great day!
Should have been 2.4 miles if we took the long route roundtrip – was close to 4 miles by the time we reached the car. I’d definitely recommend this hike for beginners/a family looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon. [8/23]