I was lucky to be invited by a friend who scored some tickets to see the Colorado Buffaloes take on the #2 team in the country, the Oregon Ducks. We knew it was going to be a blowout, but it is always great to watch some football, especially from field level. The Buffs hung with the Ducks the first half, but let it get away from them in the second half. Final score: 57-16. They are in a re-building phase, so hopefully the new Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, can turn things around.
With a 7am planned departure, we were ahead of the game as we backed out of the garage at 6:45am. A clear blue sky could only mean that a great day of hiking in the Flatirons was in our near future.
The trail of the day was Royal Arch Trail in Boulder, with the trailhead located at Chautauqua Park. Royal Arch is a short – 3.2 miles roundtrip – but strenuous hike, so we planned to be back in Boulder in time for lunch. Just a few steps into our hike, we spotted ultrarunner, Anton Krupicka. We recognized him from a recent magazine article and TV documentary. Why didn’t I take a picture??!!
Our trail began in an open meadow, wondered betwixt the forest, crossed Tangen Spring and finished along steep rocky terrain at our destination – Royal Arch. With much of the trail still icy and snow covered, we were prepared with trekking poles and Microspikes, even though weather at the trailhead was sunny and in the 70s. (Thank you CMC for our excellent training!) The Arch has a 20′ span and looks out over the urban view of Boulder. Directly underneath the Arch was a perfect spot for a morning snack and to enjoy the peaceful view.
After enjoying our summit, we headed back down trail. Even though the trail is short, it is a fun and involved hike, especially when icy and muddy. We made good time and arrived at the trailhead before noon. We packed up the Subaru and headed to The Sink to enjoy our well deserved lunch.