Denver – What We Did Day 2

If there was one thing I was looking forward to when visiting Denver it was the hiking. I’m not a big, big hiker, but I do love being outdoors (to an extent; I’m not Cheryl Strayed in any sense) and I love seeing nature as it is: undisturbed.

I already knew that hiking in the Rockies was something we’d probably do so I came well prepared with shoes, clothing, etc. My over-zealous self also wanted to hike a summit trail. I knew this probably wouldn’t happen as the elevation game would be 2,000 or more feet. Doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you’re starting out between 8-10K feet, it is a lot! Amber’s husband Richard picked out an easy-to-moderate trail for us to do that would be about 6 miles round trip with a little bit of an elevation gain and still amazing views, water and seeing wildlife. SOLD.

We got up around 5:30/6 that morning ready to hike the Cub Lake Trail! We packed our backpacks with quick lunches of pb&j, granola bars, pretzels and plenty of water; my camera, extra clothing (light jackets); sunscreen; bug spray; band aids; hand sanitizer! The drive out to Rocky Mountain National took about an hour and a half and aside from a quick stop to take a picture of the foothills on the way to Boulder, we made some pretty good time and started the trail around 9am. We ended up extending the hike by about a mile so we could see the mysterious “The Pool” before looping back around and down to the car. I think we started around an 8,000-feet elevation or so and gained no more than 1,000. Round trip we ended up doing between 6 and 7 miles and it took us about 3 1/2 hours.

I can’t even begin to express how amazing and beautiful it was. We saw some elk, some cool birds, ridiculous views and overall, the hike was made better just talking to Amber about any and every thing. It was truly unforgettable. I think the photos speak for themselves!

Scenic overlook en route to Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park -- in the foothills before Boulder!

Scenic overlook en route to Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park — in the foothills before Boulder!

Trail head! We ended up extending to The Pool and looping back!

Trail head! We ended up extending to The Pool and looping back!

Start of Cub Lake/The Pool trail

Start of Cub Lake/The Pool trail

Made it to Cub Lake!

Made it to Cub Lake!

Cub Lake!

Cub Lake!

#SpartansWill <3

#SpartansWill <3

Elk!

Elk!

I already know that next time I visit them, I want to extend my trip so I can get some good elevation and summit hikes in. I mean, by the time I come back for another visit, they’ll have probably scaled Pikes Peak’s summit a few times! Regardless, this was probably one of my most favorite and memorable parts of the trip. If we’d had enough time, I wanted to see the Trail Ridge Road for some sweet views, but I’ll save that for next time! I can’t thank Amber enough for making the drive up there and showing me all the fun things to do in Estes Park including seeing the Stanley Hotel (the hotel based on The Overlook from The Shining). I would absolutely recommend this to anyone with a Denver area bucket list.

Have you done any hikes in the mountains? Any you can recommend?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Denver – What We Did Day 2

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      You and me both. I want to go back there so badly! It was so beautiful!! The last time I saw views like that was when I lived in Washington state and my family and I hiked Mt. St. Helens and Rainier. But that was a looooooong time ago!

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  1. amberherself

    That day was amazing! We had absolutely perfect weather for your first big hike in the mountains. I am proud of you and thanks for going on a hike in the first place because you know I love to hike. #TeamGreen

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  2. Lakshmi

    We visited CO in May 2005 and did a hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park. It is so long ago… I hardly recall anything. But I do remember a photograph of a signboard mentioning Mt. Evans. Ahh, well.

    I adore hikes! We did one in Asheville last year. Climbed up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh last month. That was a beautiful climb too, right in the middle of the city. There are lots of hikes in and around Atlanta as well.

    Do visit Asheville if/when you can. It is such a cool little city, surrounded by mountains. And it is gorgeous around Fall.

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Thanks for the comment Lakshmi! I have actually been to Asheville! I was in a city in TN for work and went to Asheville for the weekend; my friend and I did the Biltmore and drove around and walked around the city. I remember it being so cute! I need to go back and do some hikes though; we didn’t do that!

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      I honestly had more fun in those cities than in Denver itself, but that’s only because Denver was crowded with people for the NFL Kick off haha. So it was busy! :) But the things we did do were so fun.

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