I'm looking to get my 3.5 and 5 year old kids out on their first overnight backpacking trip the weekend after next and am looking for trip suggestions within a 2-3 hour drive of the Denver area.
I'm thinking something in the range of 4 miles one-way would be ideal. The kids just recently completed an 8-mile day in Yosemite, including the Mist Trail up to Nevada Falls, so a 4-mile day, even on a moderately challenging trail, should be comfortably within their range.
- trail interest (lakes, streams, waterfalls, boulders, meadows, wildflowers, peaks, and abandoned structures are all good diversions and motivators)
- heat (would like to avoid hotter temps as they really tend to wear the kids down)
- snow (don't mind walking through muddy/wet trails and light stream crossings but definitely looking for snow-free destinations)
If you've got trip suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
Thanks in advance.