Let’s go do an exposed hike when the forecast is over 100 degrees – said nobody ever…
Except Colette.
In my best caveman-must-please-little-woman microbrain, I shrugged and loaded up the packs.
Somewhere in the first five minutes, after we had to hop over a locked gate and start slogging through prickly brush, my caveman brain should have had a little ding-ding-wtf, but nooooo.
This hike would be amazing in 60-70 degrees, but in the 106 degrees that I logged on my Garmin Tempe temperature sensor it was a good thing that it was just over 3 miles and less than 1000ft in elevation gain.
One last scramble to the peak of Lovers Leap, then downhill hydrate-hydrate-hydrate as we made our way back to our air-conditioned chariot that would skirt us away to the land of the ice-cold cervezas and internet.
I especially like the comment from AllTrails – “It was a horse trail, so very rough & a lot of horse poo”
Great hike – the entire Fort Robinson area is pretty cool to see – just don’t do it in triple digits!

Folds and Stacks

Folds and Stacks
A lonely stack next to rippled folds as seen from the top of Lovers Leap Butte.


Bumpy then Flat

Bumpy then Flat
It’s bumpy here in Fort Robinson State Park, but it quickly turns flat as you head south.


The Last Scramble

The Last Scramble
The last scramble up to the top of Lovers Leap Butte.


Through the Silt

Through the Silt
Some of the dirt and sand here has been pounded by horse hooves so long that nothing is left but a dusty silt that creates a cloud as you pound down through it.


Off Piste

Off Piste
When it’s over a hundred degrees and you just want to get back to the cerveza, sometimes you take some off piste shortcuts…


But It’s a Dry Heat…

But It's a Dry Heat...
The Garmin Tempe on my backpack reports 106 degrees. I’d rather be in the air conditioning sipping a cold beer!


Lovers Leap Google Earth

Lovers Leap Google Earth
Google Earth visual of the Lovers Leap via Wagon Wheel Trail hike.