This trip will be remembered for a long time. It was the first time we took our 15-month daughter, Emma, on a camping trip. We chose Monday in an anticipation that the long weekend crowd will be gone. We chose Flatiron lake as a reasonable destination. After a long process of packing, we managed to get to the trailhead at 4:45pm. After 4 hours of hiking, we got to the lake. We were then eager to set out our tent, rest, and eat. The mosquitoes were abundant and ready to have their new meal too.
The trail is generally in good condition but it was worse than I remember it few years ago. People seemed also to trample adjacent vegetation to the trail perhaps avoid the deterioration of the trail bed or lack of clear directions. Flatiron Lake looked pristine.
The next day, we hiked up exploring the Flatiron ridges. It was totally worth the effort. The views greatly opened up. It was windier and much less mosquitoes. At 2:30pm, we headed back sadly leaving the lake.
I think Emma had a good time. I can see even the effects on her today. She is more playful and talkative. But there are things that we could have done it better:
- the sleeping was the hardest part. Sharing a sleeping bag with her was not a good idea. She should have hers.
- The mosquitos didn't target her at all for some reasons but we should have been more prepared.