Hiking in Chautauqua

This past weekend, I went for a hike with my 36 high school students in the Chautauqua area near Boulder, CO. This area used to be a summer retreat for well-to-do folks along the east coast.

While there are many trails here, I just hiked for 1.77 miles, just in case I had to go back out to find a student, or something a student left behind.

If I had more time, I would have taken some of the trails that lead you up to the Flat Irons.  Instead, I spent most of my hike looking over and up at them.

The trail itself was not very difficult, but it was certainly narrow.  With the volume of people hiking on these trails, I found myself stopping often to let folks pass.

Even so, it was scenic along my route.  You can look over Boulder from even the lowest of trails.

There were nice purple flowers along several parts of the trail.  I’m not sure what they are, but it was a nice splash of color.

There were some wild raspberries along the way.   I had several of them, just to try them, and they were delicious.

With all of the trees, I was in shade most of the time I was out, making for a more pleasant summer experience.

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