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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Red Pines Hiking Trail

So last Saturday Brian and I decided to hike the Red Pines trial trail. One of his friends had asked if we wanted to hike it with him, but it really wasn't decided that we were going until about 45 minutes before we were supposed to leave to meet him. 

All I knew about the trail was that it was 6.5 miles long. For about a month earlier this year, Brian and I had gone hiking every weekend, but due to scheduling conflicts, we hadn't been hiking in a month.

To say I was concerned about hiking 6.5 miles when we hadn't hiked in a month and my life lately has mostly been spent napping was a vast understatement. I was terrified. I left the house in a bad mood because we left late and I was scared and to top it all off, my hiking boots decided to break as we were walking to the car. Literally, the soles decided to no longer be attached to the shoe any longer.

Still, we were starting semi-early. I figured (naively) that we would be done around 12:30 PM. 

As I said, I was naive. We started hiking around 10:30 AM and we finished hiking around 3 PM. 

Not to say that it wasn't a gorgeous hike, it was. There were plenty of flowers and waterfalls and the lake was breathtaking. I'd like to just say that there are no filters on any of the photos above. I didn't edit them in any way. The color of that lake was unreal. 

But, I did also feel like I was dying about half the hike. I would not recommend you start your hiking with this trail. I would recommend you bring a picnic or a snack or several snacks because it's a long hike. There are some pretty steep sections, but the hike isn't bad most of the way. The hardest thing is that the steep sections come at the end, right before you've made it to the top. So you want to quit when you're almost there. 

I also fell two or three times on the way down because of the snow. I kept sliding and ended up on my backside several times. I was actually surprised that I didn't fall more, not just because of the snow, but because my legs were so fatigued that I had a hard time controlling them. Whenever we stopped to look at a flower or let people pass on the way down my legs would shake uncontrollably. 

This is definitely a hike to work your way up to. 

The good news is that it's a lot cooler than in the valley, but I'd still recommend plenty of water! And please don't feel bad if you have to stop or take rests, I took about 20 of them, and no, I don't think that I'm exaggerating that number. Toward the end, when we were getting close to the top, I had to stop more and more. Luckily I was with a very forgiving crew. I would have definitely turned around if they would have let me. And by let me, I mean if they had gone on when I'd told them to, instead of hanging around till I was ready to move on and no longer on the verge of tears. 

It was the hardest hike I've done since Mt. Olympus. If you're in shape, it's a beautiful hike though!

Anyone else done this hike? What was the hardest hike you ever did?
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