Tuesday, January 18, 2011

South Boulder Peak Bachelor Hike December 27, 2010

View of the Indian Peaks from the top

A day before my wedding I went for a hike with my groomsmen Bryce Tillack and Andrew Freeman in the Flatirons to the west of Boulder, Colorado. The hike was amazing and a great way to celebrate my last day before marriage. The hike took us through the splendid Flatirons ending with spectacular views of the Continental Divide and Indian Peaks from the top of South Boulder. The trail is strenuous with approximately 2900 feet of elevation gain and is 6.7 miles long. There are many trails in the Flatirons and a map is a must have.
Directions from Boulder,Colorado: Take Highway 93 out of Boulder to the west. After 2.6 miles turn onto Eldorado Springs Drive. Drive to the South Mesa Trailhead which will be on the right side.
Trail Description: From the South Mesa Trailhead take the Towhee Trail merging into the Homestead Trail after 1.15 miles.The trail bends to the right going through a few more junctions before it becomes the Shadow Canyon Trail. Once the trail enters Shadow Canyon it gains almost 2,000 feet in 1 and a quarter miles. Needless to say the trail is steep and also rocky in the canyon. Be careful and watch your footing. After exiting the canyon take the left fork on the ridge and follow the trail to the top. Resource:www.protrails.com.

Andrew with the Flatirons in the background
My bestman Bryce and I on the top of South Boulder Peak

Me on top of South Boulder with the Continental Divide in

Looking north from the top