Checking In & Hiking Saint Mary’s Glacier

Well we’re a little over a week into October folks and you know what that means? It means all of the fall content and travel posts I have been planning to post have come to a screaming halt because my computer crashed and I got a stomach flu/food poisoning… jury is still out but moral of the story don’t eat airplane food. Perhaps this isn’t what happens to everyone in October but here I am working through it.

Anyway I’m currently sitting in Newark delayed (like everyone who has ever passed through Newark) and the magic voice just came over the speaker saying final boarding for Burlington, VT however in a rare occasion when connecting through EWR (aka my nightmare) that is not my final destination. In fact I’m about to tackle on of my first big “30 before I turn 30” items and I really can’t wait to share that with you but first- this post- just so you know I’m still alive and I haven’t forgotten about you (I’ve just had to steal my boyfriend’s computer because most likely mine will never live again).

Enough with the excuses though, right?

I had this week off so my human came to visit so we could do all of the Colorado fall things and today I thought I’d highlight one of my favorite parts of our week together with a quick little review of hiking St. Mary’s Glacier.

Located near Idaho Springs this hike is only an hour to the trailhead from downtown Denver so in terms of getting that mountain feel without having to go too far this one is perfect. We went on a Sunday morning around 10am because we wanted to make sure the sun was at least out despite a 47 degree temperature.  Being a Sunday we were expecting some heavy foot traffic but it was surprisingly easy to find a spot in one of the two parking lots at the base ($5 cash only to park). A local with skis strapped to his backpack informed us that this “Glacier” is actually a semi-permanent snowfield and not a glacier at all which I thought was interesting.

The hike was short, a little less than a mile to the top but all rocks all the way up! While it is a short one it still starts at 10,000 feet of elevation so the huffing and puffing starts embarrassingly early- or was that just me? It’s very wide and well-maintained despite being rocky. I’d say confidently almost anyone can complete this and it is so worth the views! I liked that once you got to the top you could just keep climbing on all sorts of side trails to get up higher for better views and closer to the action of the snow-field. It was definitely busy and HOLY WINDY but I can imagine how much fun you could have spending a day picnicking up at the top on a warm summer day. Anyway here’s a few photos of the hike, enjoy!

I would absolutely do this hike again and I really can’t wait for my people to come visit so I can bring them up to it! Colorado is just about to hit peak foliage and yet it’s simultaneously about to drop down to 21 degree temps and half a foot of snow expected in the high country because fall in Colorado people. If you really want to round out your day trip around Idaho Springs are post hike I’d recommend a soak in the Indian Hot Springs and my favorite thing- finishing a giant honey soaked pizza at Beau Jo’s (if you know, you know!!)

Anyway, lots more posts coming soon- I’ve got everything from shit passengers say on the airplane to more travel tips and essential items. I can’t wait to share my travel guide for Belgium and of course tell you allllllll about the bucket list item I’m waiting to board a plane for.

Have a freaking splendid rest of your weeks kids.


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