Early this morning I set off to climb the highest peak near Boulder. I didn’t make it. I am not is as good a shape as I thought I was.
I planned to high up a lateral of the Mesa Trail called the Shadow Canyon Trail and on to the summit of South Boulder Peak. The trail starts at the south end of the Mesa Trail in Eldorado Canyon at 5,600 feet. The peak is 8,549 feet. I only made it to 8,200 feet at the pass (or “saddle”) between South Boulder Peak and Bear Peak, The final 350 feet were out of my reach today.
As I approached the saddle I realized that it would have to be my destination today for a couple of reasons. I had started up Shadow Canyon Trail three or four times in the past few years, and it always did seem pretty tough going. And the higher you go the worse it gets.
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