With Fall now approaching, and everyone returning from their summer vacations, work has certainly picked up the pace. It is busy season in digital advertising and after a day of emails and meetings, I needed to shut off my brain. Nothing sounded better to me than shutting down my computer and being in the mountains. So, to make absolutely sure I had no excuses, I penciled in “hiking” to my google calendar for Wednesday afternoon. I have hiked a few trails in boulder before, especially in chautauqua park, but I wanted to try something new. I began by searching through one of my favorite hiking websites: dayhikesneardenver.com and eventually decided upon Mt. Sanitas.
Now I should start by saying that I am the most directionally challenged people you will ever meet. I left my office and began the 15-minute drive towards the mountains. As I passed by the trail heads, I still could not find the one for Mt. Sanitas… I guess I should have read the article better, in which it states that the trail shares parking with Centennial Park trail head. I made a quick turn around and parked my car 🙂 I made sure to take a look at the trailhead map before beginning my ascent, but again I went in the complete opposite direction and instead found myself on the Anemone Hill Trail.
Don’t ask how I get myself into these situations. However, to my good fortune, this detour happened to be a happy mistake! Anemone trail is known as being one of the hidden gems of Boulder. The hike is about 45 minutes long and ascends a little over 1,000 ft. Because of a closure that lasted several years, this trail is little known and has much less traffic that the popular Mt. Sanitas. It is the perfect place for solitude and a good workout. The steep incline is great for both beginning hikers and intermediate. The trail goes for about 3 miles, but there is a trick to it.
I began my hike from the parking lot of centennial trailhead, as I climbed I came across the Anemone Trail signpost. This trail is typically overlooked since it is so close to the red rocks trail (No not the concert venue) and Mt. Sanitas. I decided to take the path less followed. As I continued on the path seemed to stop, but keep going! The best part is a climb that is actually unnamed and put you at 6,423 ft. The view was worth it:
With the sun beginning to set and no one around me…well with the exception of the man who took my photo 🙂 It was incredibly peaceful. Today is the first day of fall, so I encourage all of your Denver and Boulder Lazy People to get out there and hike. The leaves are changing color and nothing is better than a good long hike and a beer at a local brewery to quench your thirst after.
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I am adding to my list of things to do: 1. Hike Mt. Sanitas and #2 have a beer at Sanitas Brewing afterward. #Perfectcombination
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