The weather was unusually warm today for this time of year and so Mike and I took advantage of it and went for a hike up Stanley Canyon. It was a great start to our training to get ready for our 10-day adventure hiking through the Swiss Alps for our 20thAnniversary. The trail started out on a dirt path until we got to the trailhead. From there the trail was a little like Barr Trail but with bigger rocky sections. It was straight up for 2.5 miles. Mike was so smart to grab both of our trekkers because it wasn’t too long before we had to put those on to scramble up and over the snowy and icy sections where the creek had frozen over. It was so much fun walking through snow, then ice, then dirt, then snow again. We kept our trekkers on most of the way up the canyon. When we got to the top at Stanley Reservoir, we were saddened to see that they had drained it. We walked around the once full reservoir to the other side and found a great place to eat our lunch. When we were ready to head back down the mountain we walked through the empty reservoir to the other side and made our way back down the trail. It was just as much fun traversing down than it was going up. My favorite section was in the middle of the canyon where we traveled through a snowy path. It was a relatively flat terrain, which made it so much fun. We made it back to our car in less than 3 hours from when we started. The total distance we hiked was 5 miles. Being in the mountains again really rejuvenated us and made us excited for more hiking down the road.