This past Fourth of July weekend, the man and I went for a 5-mile hike at the beautiful Waterton Canyon.
I had never been before, and he’s been talking about how it’s a beautiful site for a long run… perhaps after my crazy performance schedule is over. He was right!
Check out the scenery.
While it makes quite the backdrop, Waterton Canyon is more than just a great place to hike.
The trek is the Denver terminus for The Colorado Trail. Denver Water owns and administers Waterton’s trailhead, parking, and 6-mile canyon, which are all open to hike, bike, and horse. It is, sadly, closed to dogs in order to preserve the wildlife habitat.
The hike boasts a wide gravel road alongside the South Platte River, where wildlife is abundant (longhorn sheep, mule deer, and bunnies to boot).
Here, the man enjoys the view (and I enjoy my view of him!).
The water was high and fast-moving.
The further you go, the more majestic the views of the rolling foothills and the canyon rock.
I love the vantage points along with the ease of this terrain… which could be a good way for me to experiment with more trail running and less treadmill and road running.
A couple of happy hikers! After our hike and a bit of rest, the man took me out on the town for drinks at Old Major and a feast at Osaka Ramen. Osaka might just be my new favorite secret-but-not-so-secret place. Everything was delicious!
We were stuffed silly… but managed to top off the evening with a few s’mores, because summer. 🙂
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