If you want to hear all about her adventures, check out her blog at http://www.trailjournals.com/maggiemcdonell. Don't I have the coolest little sister ever?
Right before Mags left we went on a quick hike at Palmer Park, only 15 minutes from home and right in the middle of town. Baby weighs nearly as much as her backpack, so it was good training. We did the Kinnikinnik trail, which begins just west of the dog park near the Maizeland entrance. The best part was the "picnic area", which lead us to beautiful views of Pikes Peak. Near the end of the trail there is a great pavilion with a dozen or so picnic tables that would be perfect for a larger gathering. This is a good trail for kids (I've gone with a 4-year old!) because there's plenty of shade, fun little side-trails leading to caves, and rolling hills rather than a straight climb up a mountain.
My mom, Holly, with Baby and me at the picnic area of Kinnikinnik trail.