Towering 800 feet above the North Platte River, Scotts Bluff has served as a landmark for peoples from Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails to modern travelers. Rich with geological and paleontological history as well as human history, there is much to discover while exploring the 3,000 acres of Scotts Bluff National Monument.
After breakfast of our first day in Gering, Nebraska at a campground that backed up to the gorgeous view of Scotts Bluff, we talked of hiking up to the top.
While both of us weren’t in stellar physical condition, we looked up the trails we would be hiking and they were deemed ‘strenuous’; meaning, we could do it if we took our time and stayed hydrated.
The second one-third of the trail climbs to the foot tunnel.
The halfway point of our hike was the path tunnel that lead to a wonderful view of the Town of Gering and her fertile farmland.
Coming down the trail was a bit more tedious, especially on Lisa’s knees. She paid for it for a few days after forcing her to wear a knee brace and mind it. But the hike was worth the pain. We certainly got to feel the impression of what the travelers went through during their journeys west.
If you’re wanting a good lunch spot after your hike…
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