September 9, 2016
Today I managed to cross off my list a Boulder Bucket List item.
The famed Boulder Skyline Traverse.
The traverse consists of summiting the five peaks that flank Boulder’s western mountain ampitheatre. We started at 5:45 am on the Goat Trail in North Boulder. We summited Sanitas Mountain at 6:40 am. Followed the Red Rocks Trail to Settlers Park, Boulder Creek, and EB Fine Park. Took the Viewpoint Trail to Panorama Point Trail, which led us to Flagstaff Mountain (which we summited at 9:30 am). The GM Greenman Trail took us, by 11:40 am, to the Green Mountain summit. The Green Bear Trail took us to Bear Peak, which we summited at 2:00 pm. Our final summit was South Boulder Peak, which we topped at 2:55 pm. We then took the steeply descending Shadow Canyon Trail to the South Mesa Trailhead near the Eldorado Springs Canyon. Arrived at 5:45 pm.
In total, our hike was 12 hours of half-awake boulder scrambling, and being rewarded with dazzling views into Boulder Valley to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west (click here for the photos I shot during this hike).
We had a formidable 6,000 feet of elevation gain. Our average gradient of 13 percent was not for the faint of heart, either.