Location: Green Mountain, Boulder, CO
Hike Start Time: 6:00AM
i bid my new buddies adieu, and hit the trail. From the topo map it looked like a nice rolling walk that gradually increased in elevation until the very end that had a rock scramble to the top. I started walking and promptly got to find numerous dog poop bags and even a pair of shoes on the side of the trail.
I'm not trying to get too high and mighty about trash on the trails, but I just don't get it. Why would anyone think it's okay to bring stuff out here or take their dog somewhere if they're not willing to take the stuff back home too? I see so many bags of poop all the time. At first I thought MAYBE people were dropping on the side of the trail with the idea of picking it up on the way back; but I've picked up enough on my return to know that's not the case.
I get it; we're in a pandemic where a lot of the "normal" activities people did are closed or restricted, so a lot more people are getting outside. I think that's great. Parks and trails and mountains are for all of us, but there are also a lot of people getting out now that don't really care about these special areas that I hold so dear. Okay, off my soapbox for now.
This trail was great. Good mix of trails along edges and good peeks of views of Boulder, and not too strenuous. There were a couple of offshoot paths that headed over to the back side of Bear peak and Down to the Chautaqua park. I'll hit those up some day, but today was about the peak.
The alltrails app wasn't lying about the final push. the trail abruptly started going vertical with about a 1/3 of a mile to the top. It was pretty fun and was a good moment that then made you feel like you earned the top. No one wants a casual stroll to a peak. there's no accomplishment in that, right?