Hiking to Bear Peak in Boulder

It’s not often that I’m able to spend a sunny Tuesday in March hiking a mountain, breathing in the unimaginable freshness of the Colorado wild air & soaking in the remarkable views of the one of the highest peaks in Boulder… but by some crazy twist of luck, that’s exactly where I found myself this week.

IMG_1524Alongside my new friend Ginny — a girl who loves people/life/moments/everything harder than anyone I’ve ever known! — and even newer friend Slavic, we hit the trails with nervous legs (that was maybe just me) and invigorated spirits.

We got on the trail around 1:30 pm & didn’t make it back down to our cars until almost 9 (!) that night. Yet somehow we found ourselves energized the entire time and maybe could have kept going!

I’m going to credit that to the natural high of being immersed in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by nothing by peace and nature and companions who can hold some interesting conversations.

On the way up to the top of Bear Peak, we stopped to take pictures and admire the views as they continued to expand as we (somewhat slowly) ascended — this first time Boulder hiker was in complete awe for 7 hours straight. 

Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday, right? Here’s a little peak of some of the photos I took during the climb:
IMG_1529IMG_1535IMG_1531 IMG_1553 Mountain lions??? IMG_1557 IMG_1567 IMG_1568Can you spot Denver?
IMG_1570 IMG_1571 IMG_1574 IMG_1586 IMG_1590 IMG_1591 IMG_1594 IMG_1599 IMG_16048,459 feet in the sky!IMG_1616IMG_1607IMG_1603Have you ever hiked in Boulder?

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  • Reply Girl Gone Expat

    What a great view in your last picture! We usually don’t start our hiking season before June so fun to see some ‘winter/spring’ hiking pics. 🙂

    March 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      It was a slippery climb but that view definitely made it worth it!

      March 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    Hiking in Aix was definitely in my top 5 favorite memories of living there. New friends, fun conversation, & gorgeous views. Glad you got to experience that in CO!! Now I just need to get around to it here in NC… 🙂

    March 14, 2015 at 10:39 am
    • Reply Kristen

      1) Someday we need to return to Aix TOGETHER so you can show me everything from your time there. 2) We are obviously hiking when you get here. Obviously. 3) Find some good hikes/trails so that when I come to NC we can hike there too!!! 🙂 🙂

      March 15, 2015 at 12:57 am
  • Reply One man and his Mustang

    Stunning scenery.

    March 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Agreed — point a camera in almost any direction in Colorado and you’ll get something beautiful 🙂

      March 29, 2015 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Kevin Rainey

    Next time I’m in Colorado, I’ll need to check out Bear Peak. Thanks for sharing the photos, Kristen. What a beautiful hike!

    March 23, 2015 at 12:10 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Thanks, Kevin! It was a challenge but well worth the climb! Definitely check it out if you get the chance.

      March 29, 2015 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Isabel

    wow, you literally took me there with your words and gorgeous pictures. M and I have started getting the itch to do hike asap. we will probably go this weekend.. but there won’t be as much snow as in Colorado. it looks so pretty!

    April 1, 2015 at 3:28 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Thank you Isabel!!! 🙂 It looks like you have some great opportunities to hike in Slovenia !

      April 6, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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