I am going up Forsee Creek trail on Saturday and have a permit to stay at John’s Meadow with my 7 year old daughter. She is a pretty good hiker, but I will obviously be carrying most of our gear.
My understanding is that John’s Meadow is 3.9 miles from the trailhead and that Columbine Springs is 6.5 miles. 3.9 miles seems like it might be too short for what she wants. But, what about Columbine Springs? Would this be too far for us? Obviously not all miles are equal.
Of course, another option option is to get to John’s Meadow, set up camp, and then just do a back and out from there as far as we feel like it.