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Mt. Bierstadt and 14,000 feet

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Mt. Bierstadt is one of the 14ers, as they are called, in the Rockies. It's 14,060 feet at the peak (that's 4286 meters) and located in the Mount Evans Wilderness. It's above the tree line so you'll note the lack of trees. Quite beautiful. Not easy for sure but you know how I roll, I huffed and puffed and made my way to the top. Frank & James got just a bit higher but then we had to run to escape the hail and potential lightning storm. It took me about 3.5 hours to get to the top and 2.5 hours to the bottom. Going up proved to be a challenge as I felt like my heart was going to explode which is, according to Dr. Frank, your body lying to you saying that you are out of oxygen. Something like that.

The hike starts at about 11,541 feet and then slowly but steadily you gain all those thousands of feet! Roundtrip it was about 7.4 miles (11.9 kms). Hard work but totally worth it!



















El Dorado Canyon, Colorado

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El Dorado Canyon is at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just outside of Boulder, CO. The boys and I walked the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail which starts at about 6,000 feet and goes up to 7,200 to a great view of the Continental Divide. A very beautiful and pretty simple hike. I highly recommend it if you're in the area!