Filed under: Kid-Friendly Trips, Nature & Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation & Hiking
We did it! We took the kids and all our gear and went backpacking yesterday for our very first time. Between freezing temperatures and over 50-pound packs, I am surprised we had as much fun as we did!
The kids had a ball and we enjoyed a moderate to easy hike (little elevation gain). We set out for the East Fork on Lion Canyon Trail in Rose Valley, California, around one in the afternoon. With lots of rest stops and frequent changes in our riders, we ended up just upstream from West Fork at the base of a waterfall by nightfall.
The trek to East Fork normally entails a relatively easy 2.5 mile hike– with four kids who all needed to be carried (for most of the way), it was anything but easy. On top of that, the camp spots were full since apparently a lot of other campers were out to enjoy a cool fall backpacking trip on their Veterans Day too. Not only were there no spots left at East Fork, there was also no water (contrary to what we had heard). So we had to backtrack and head back over to West Fork (which added another mile onto our hike). With my 70-pound pack (I was carrying my daughter, the 47-pounder, at this point), a mile felt more like four.
More to come, including information on nearby RV camping, a short hike to Rose Valley Falls, a shooting range, and three small stocked lakes nearby!
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