One of my absolute favorite things to do in Boulder is hike. Us Boulderites are fortunate enough to have Chautauqua Park right in our backyard! This year I told myself that I would take advantage of the beauty that Chautauqua has to offer. In the past, I’ve gone up a handful of times, but I always stuck to the same easy (safe) trail. This year, I’ve started to expand my trail experiences. This past weekend my friend and I climbed the Saddle Rock Loop. The top has an incredible view of the city, as well as an oddly shaped rock (hence the name of the trail) that you can sit and relax on (unless you’re afraid of heights…).
This past summer, I hiked up the White Mountains in New Hampshire and climbed Mt. Liberty, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln, and Little Haystack Mountain. I had done the same hike five years ago, and I was fortunate enough to be able to share the experience with my campers. This hike sparked my new found love for hiking, and what better place to hike, just for a couple of hours, than in beautiful Boulder?
As an avid hiker now (just kidding), I would highly recommend trying out at least a short and enjoyable trail, like the Bluebell trail. If you’re up for a challenge ( and don’t have an entire day to spare), try out the Royal Arch or the Saddle Rock loop. Any trail you try will still give you an incredible view of Boulder!