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Exploring our trails

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Photo by KateLynn Slaamot/NLJ Pictured is Calf Trail.
KateLynn Slaamot, NLJ Reporter

I’ve loved hiking for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory of hiking was probably when I hiked Harney Peak with my family when I was 5 years old, and I was so proud that I did it without a “piggyback ride” from my dad.

I haven’t looked back since. Hiking is just one of those activities that makes me feel really alive. Being in nature reminds me how big God is and how beautiful his creation is. It fills me with awe of God’s amazing artistry.

The feeling of pure exhaustion after a long, all-day trek to the top of a mountain is strangely exhilarating. The sense of accomplishment is wonderful.

The peacefulness of a small, Sunday afternoon hike, just to get fresh air, is equally significant. The satisfaction isn’t just found in how many miles you go or where the destination is, but just being in God’s creation and enjoying the company of family or friends.

I’ve had the opportunity to explore hiking trails all over Wyoming, including the Teton Mountains, Big Horn Mountains, Wind River Mountains, Snowy Range Mountains, Yellowstone and more. I’ve also hiked in areas of Utah, Colorado and of course the Black Hills of South Dakota.

While I love exploring what other areas have to offer, people often forget the hidden hiking gems right in Weston County. Serenity Trail has been a favorite of my family and me for several years, and we’ve had our share of memories on that trail. The Old Quarry Trail has been a fun one to explore as well.

Recently, we’ve had a lot of fun exploring the Flying V Trails. Because you can customize your own loop with connecting trails, we’ve enjoyed creating a different loop each time.

There’s a trail map at the beginning of the trails, and there are additional maps at most of the intersections. For someone directionally challenged like I am, that’s pretty handy!

The access to hiking trails so close allows my family and I to take our little afternoon or evening hikes whenever we want to. And we live in such a beautiful area!

If you get the chance to visit our hidden hiking gems for yourself, be sure to enjoy Serenity Trail, Old Quarry Trail, Mallo Trail or the Flying V Trails.

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