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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

July 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

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Sugarloaf Mountain is a symmetrical, conical mountain that dominates the foothills above Boulder only 15 miles from my apartment. Yet until today I had never climbed it.

Somehow I had overlooked this great hike. But last night I scoured my trail guides for a hike from about 8,000 to about 9,000 feet, and Sugarloaf fit the bill exactly. I didn’t want to have a long drive because thunderstorms are in this afternoon’s weather prediction.

And I wanted to hike up to about 9,000 feet because that’s where the wildflower are in bloom right now. It’s too early in the season to even think about the 14ers like Longs Peak.

I made sure to get a rather early start, arriving at the trailhead before 8. By doing so I was blessed with a cool and sunny morning and a mountain all to myself.

Not only were the wildflowers in abundance but the view of the Rockies were superb. Even with the panoramic 16:9 lens on my Lumix camera I could capture only a fraction of the peaks in one shot. To do that would have required a fisheye lens.

My timing was perfect. Fog rolled in as I hiked back down the mountain.

Longs Peak from Sugarloaf Mountain

Longs Peak from Sugarloaf Mountain

Gnarled Trunk on Top of the Mountain

Gnarled Trunk on Top of the Mountain

A Busy Bee on a Boulder Raspberry Flower

A Busy Bee on a Boulder Raspberry Flower

A Wild Geranium

A Wild Geranium

Two Cinquefoils

Two Cinquefoils

Blue Flax

Blue Flax

A Blanketflower is Apparently Suspended in Air

A Blanketflower is Apparently Suspended in Air

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