After a long 8 month layoff from having been on a trail of any kind, it was long overdue time to get back out there if not from a physical standpoint but a mental one as well. I made the call earlier in the week about doing a hike and I just wanted something close to town and something moderate at best. Carpenter Peak in Roxborough State Park would be the destination. I’ve hiked Carpenter Peak many times before as it is usually a warm-up hike leading into each hiking season. Carpenter Peak is 3.2 miles one way sits at 7160 ft in elevation at the summit, the highest point in the park.
The weather this day has been consistent with the last 3 weekends prior, grey and cloudy, with some chance of precipitation either rain or snow. Here are a couple of pics I took using my cell phone.
Believe it or not, this is the summit and looking east out there somewhere is the front range
A look back down the trail and the thickening fog.
On the way up, a look across from where we came.
About 10 or 15 mins into our descent, we hear a rumble of thunder off in the distance. We began to pick up our pace and on the way down we hear more thunder and then a flash of lightning and the hail and rain start to fall. Besides not wanting to get struck by lightning, I don’t mind at all the change in the weather. I was in the moment and just so happy to be back on a trail!
Sunday was a gorgeous day here in Colorado and I along with my partners in crime, decided on getting outdoors for some fresh air.
Staying close to the city we decided to head over to Roxborough State Park, southwest of the city and spend some time there. I’ve hiked Roxborough State Park a number of times before, but each time it was the Carpenter Peak Trail(6.4 miles). This time it would be the South Rim Trail a moderate 3 mile loop. The objective today was just to get out and enjoy the outdoors and sunshine, so this was perfect, since I was still very sore from walking lunges from a workout 2 days before.
Snowcapped Long’s Peak and Mt. Meeker in the distance.
Looking East over the Front Range towards Denver
Closer view of Long’s Peak and Meeker
A couple of young mule deer
I hope they’re hiking away from the banjo music and not towards it.
an unexpected find on the way down the trail.
Roxborough is a great place to take out of towners who wish to do a hike and get a feel for the Colorado outdoors without having to worry about altitude sickness. There are some great views and a chance to see some wildlife. We finished the 3 mile hike and decided to add on another 1.3 miles on the easier Lyons Overlook trail in the opposite direction from the visitors center and the South Rim Trail. Park access requires a State Parks Pass or a $7 entry fee for a day pass.