MP’s Trail Maps
MP’s Trail Map Series grew out of our cherished memories of BC weekend destinations when the impulse to head out on adventures took far less forethought than now with kids. Remember making the call to head to Moab on a Friday lunch break? And then loading up quickly after work, arriving by sunset?
We’ve learned the hard way, or not. Young companions require not only more gear, but also adjusted expectations to consider their endurance, skill, and even nap schedule. Our Trail Map Series welcomes experts to help us get out there again. You’ll find basecamp options so mom and dad can trade days. Swap an epic trek for a day with littles on the SUP. When you start kids at their own pace, they soon grow strong enough to keep up on longer and longer runs. When they eventually outpace you, remind yourself that this is what raising kids here is all about.
MP’s Trail Maps offer a bird’s eye view of each area, visual inspiration. The idea is to deepen our sense of the varied, vast, and beautiful geographic landscapes in our region, a place of red canyons, evergreen forests, white peaks, silver rivers and blue lakes. Think: eye candy. Never intended to replace detailed route descriptions and topo maps.
To take up a BLACK route, you need a regional hiking book with specific mile-by-mile terrain details. To plan an overnight at elevation or to bag a peak, you may need a guide service. For a winter trip, take an avalanche class. We provide guide referrals. Also find galleries of photos. And links to sport-specific sites dedicated to providing elevation drawings, user commentary, and the latest safety information. You’ll find a suggested resource list at the bottom of this page.
How to use MP’s Trail Maps
Teach your young child or teen how to read elevations. Work with our illustration alongside a trail map of the area to explain how topography works. Topo maps can seem abstract to kids (or even adults, too sometimes, if we’re honest). MP’s map can help make sense of the thin green lines, the dotted black ones, the scale, the orientation. Make it a campsite activity. Try to find exactly where you are standing. See if you can figure out what time of day the satellite photo was taken. (Hint: look for shadows.) Look for details you cannot find on a topo – such as snowfall, avalanche chutes, and the treeline. You too may learn something new. Like everything with parenting, it’s all about discovery.
LEARN MORE about Richard Camp, creator of the topo illustrations in MOUNTAIN PARENT’s Trail Maps Series.
FIND MORE inspiration for planning getaways in your own backyard with MP’s Six-Foot Staycation series.
MP TRAIL MAPS:
Lincoln Creek Road
Explore a less-trafficked area up Independence Pass – Lincoln Creek Road.
Lake Powell Planning Guide
Part 1: Packing list, weather conditions and more advice for camping at Lake Powell with kids.
Boating Lake Powell
Part 2: Teenagers and parents find unexpected connection on a boat.
Lake Powell Car Camping
Part 3: Car Camping Lake Powell is not impossible or crazy. However, it requires planning and expert advice.
MP Trail Map: Winter Hut Trips
A family-friendly guide to planning an adventure to one of Colorado’s backcountry huts.
Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System
MP Trail Map: A guide to Roaring Fork Valley cross-country ski trails.
MP Trail Map: Mount Elbert
Your child’s first fourteener can also be Colorado’s highest peak.
MP Trail Map: Hartman Rocks
High desert mountain biking between Crested Butte and Gunnison
MP Trail Map: Navajo Rocks
A family-friendly mountain biking destination near Moab, Utah