A thirty minute drive from my house lies the parking lot to the Hyndman trailhead in the Pioneer mountains. From there it’s a short four mile hike up to a meadow under Cobb Peak where Sun Valley Trekking owns and operates a yurt. I’ve been working with SVT the past eleven months and took my family up to the Pio yurt this past weekend to get it ready for winter use.
We left after work on Friday thinking there would be enough light to make it up, however, darkness over came us and we finished the last mile under emerging stars and headlamps. I regret not taking an image of my kids, headlamps on, hiking through the sagebrush as dusk fell to night, however, I was in full dad mode what with it being an hour past dinner time, the temps had dropped so that we were wearing beanies and gloves, and the last punch to the hike hits you with a steep climber’s trail. Just as my eight year old daughter was breaking down into slight sobs, we crested the final knoll and the yurt was revealed.
We’d seen snow down at our home in the valley a few weeks ago and found that the yurt was just at that magic elevation delineating the current snowline. It was the first time the kids could use shovels and build snowmen.
Saturday afternoon saw a mixture of passing clouds and bright sunlight. We took time to hike up to the final bench where treeline exits to tundra as I wanted to reveal the view of the alpine cirque knowing that neither of my children had yet experienced such a sight; it also marked the highest point they’d reached on their own two feet!
Resting at the yurt and playing outside was a blast for the kids while I cut firewood, improved the outhouses, and dialed in the interior. If you’re interested in a stay up at the Pio yurt or any of the other five SVT owns, check out there site here.