I have so much to recap with my trip to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. I believe it will take close to 10 blog posts because we did something every day. We went to Colorado with no plan but two plane tickets and a rental car. We thought it would be cool to make it to other states, but if we didn’t…we didn’t…
I decided it would be easiest to recap through days (so I didn’t forget too)
Hiking Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder
As most people know, my husband and I like to hike. We try and hit a mountain wherever we are. I won’t say I’m a fantastic hiker, but it’s something we both enjoy doing. We found a shorter hike in Boulder which seemed like it would be fun. The mountain, called Flagstaff Mountain, kept confusing us because of Flagstaff, Arizona…
We parked and headed up. A hiker informed us it was rocky, and I thought: “well I’ve seen some rocks hiking before, ” but the Rocky mountains are so different. I had recently purchased a pair of Brooks Caldera (trail shoes) and I’m glad I did. Eventually, I’ll have a review of those shoes later.
We started on the Gregory Canyon trail and intersected with the Ute trail at Realization point. Together, the hike itself was 2 miles up and 2 miles back. My husband and I have done easier 10-mile hikes out east than this one. It was climbing the entire time. He believes we climbed about 2000 feet of elevation. In two miles, that is a lot.
Throughout the hike, there were plenty of views of the Colorado State University (which I tried to just absorb some running speed).
We first made it to “realization point”. Where I realized what a mistake I made hiking in Colorado (just kidding). It is accessible by car as well if you wanted to drive and park up there.
Then we continued our hike up to the peak of Flagstaff Mountain which was gorgeous. You could see more of the rocky mountains.
While coming down, we saw a family hiking up. Their 3-4-year-old daughter was hiking up what I considered one of the hardest mountains I’ve done. I kept thinking: if this mountain baby can do it, so can I.
The hike itself was moderate, and I don’t think without trail shoes I would have made it to the top. I’ve hiked plenty of old running shoes but based on the rocks, I think trail shoes are necessary.
So far one of my favorite hikes I’ve done.
Other Hikes We’ve Done:
Hiking the Hollywood Sign (LA)
Hiking Greybeard Trail (Asheville)
Questions for you:
What is your favorite hike? Is there anywhere near you?
Are you a planner or a go with a flow?