Vail to Frisco Thru Hike

Last Friday/Saturday Kari and I ventured out, full packs and set off to accomplish one of Kari’s ideas.  Hiking from Vail to Frisco.  The drive takes 25 minutes and includes Vail pass which reached an elevation of 10,000+ft and that’s in a car.  On foot, it’s roughly a 14 mile hike through the Gore Mtn Range.

East Vail to Meadowcreek Trailhead in Frisco. Map from

Afternoon hiking!


This is what happens when you put two excited girls in a small tent with dogs after eating 15 cloves of garlic with their chicken for dinner!

My first time sleeping in a tent with two dogs. It’s quite the experience!

We crossed over two passes, the Red Buffalo Pass is essentially the north-south spine that splits the Vail Valley and the Dillion/Frisco Valley

Ripley doesn’t usually do sit still for photos, yet, he hung out here, in his doggy meditation for 15 minutes looking at the valley below

Kari survived the Oregon Trail….no typhoid, no dysentery, no snake bites and never broken wagon wheels! Congratulations!

A grove of Aspens on the Meadow Creek Trail


About haileerustad

I love everything. I do things differently. Tending to avoid conformity. Accepting unknown adventure whenever its presented. My mission is to live, let life flow through me with endless energy. Exciting and empowering others to find their natural happiness. As life is, all perception.
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2 Responses to Vail to Frisco Thru Hike

  1. Dave says:

    Yet another great journey.
    BTW, Ripley wasn’t meditating; he was looking for the perfect stick.

  2. Nanana says:

    Oh dear. My son inherited his grandmother’s sense of humor. What a wonderful journey.

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