Red Rock Open Space


I took the girls to Red Rocks today to get out side.  While they are fond of staying inside and playing on their phones (etc.) I suspect they’re beginning to get a bit of cabin fever.  The parking lot was full when we arrived, but the nice thing about trailheads is once the parking lot is full, no one else can enter, so social distancing takes care of itself.  There were signs asking people to practice social distancing


Because of where we ended up parking we decided to do the loop backwards, starting instead by the pond.


We continued past all the rock climbers and did a bit of scrambling ourselves.


I took the girls to see the landfill.  I’d never really mentioned it to them before and they were curious as to why the city would pick it’s most beautiful location to dispose of trash, but on the bright side it looks like they’re trying to clean it up.

Next we hiked up the quarry



and then made our way back to the truck.  There were a lot of people on the trails today but social distancing was no problem at all with the wide trails and lots of open space.  I think we need to make hiking as a family a bi-weekly thing as long as we’re still allowed to be outside… I fear it won’t be long before our parks and open spaces are closed as well, which is truly a shame because it’s how I keep my mental and physical health…

We got in about 3 miles and 750′ of elevation gain in today.


Author: Laura M Clark

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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