Welcome to the second post in my Friday Hike Series for the spring and summer of 2017! This time, we ventured just about 30 minutes away to Roxborough State Park to climb Carpenter Peak. This spectacular trail is a 6 1/2 mile round trip trek up to Carpenter Peak where a 360 degree view greets you. Majestic red rocks line the landscape and remind you that this is indeed an uphill climb as you reach a top elevation of 7,160 feet. The trail is mostly moderately difficult but can be narrow and steep at times. We stopped often along the way to enjoy the view as we climbed higher and higher. This wonderful group of women, whom I am so fortunate to have as close friends, have been walking and hiking together for many years. We have journeyed through tragedy and triumph, enduring divorce and death, celebrating graduations, engagements, and even grandchildren! We hike because we love to be outside, enjoying the fresh air and beauty around us, but also so we can share our lives and support each other. The fellowship of women is a powerful force not unlike the magnificent boulders that surround the trail, reminding us that our friendship is a cornerstone that will last a lifetime.
The welcome committee was unperturbed as we enter Roxborough State Park
It’s early spring and we are just starting to see green
The morning sun shines a light on the path
We are just beginning our uphill climb
All of the photos above show our progressive climb to the top of the peak. Some of the views reach as far as downtown Denver and as far east as the plains. Falcons floated gracefully above us, wildflowers poked through the brown winter brush. When we finally reached the summit, this lone Monarch butterfly was there to greet us.
Heading back down the trail, I snapped a shot of this forest path because it was the only part of the hike that wasn’t surrounded by rocky terrain and valley views. It reminds me to appreciate the unexpected.
Do you have any hikes in Colorado that you’d recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment for me or share this post if you know someone who loves to hike.