Our hike today took place at Mount Galbraith Park in Golden, CO and we were lucky enough to have our largest group of hikers so far this season. On top of that, almost everyone showed up early and on time! Always a plus, especially on a day like today.
Today was one of the hotter days of the summer and, with the nearby fire burning in Grand Junction, the air quality was lower than normal, which meant that the hike was a bit more strenuous than normal as well. Luckily, we had a crew that was in great spirits and up for a challenge. We even had a few new crew members as well as some old member from previous seasons who hadn’t made it out to a hike in a while. It was great to see friendly faces, new and old!
After some brief announcements, I walked everyone through our consumption policy as well as our COVID-19 efforts to ensure that all attendees understood and felt safe hiking with the group. We also advised the group not to race up the mountain due to the heat and abnormal air quality, and that we would be taking multiple rest breaks whenever needed to ensure attendees didn’t overheat.
We headed up Cedar Gulch trail towards Mount Galbraith Loop. The first mile or so of the trail is an uphill incline and you gain in elevation rather quickly. After about half mile, we stopped for a water break and were able to get some great aerial shots of the groups in their different locations.
Stopping for rest breaks every half mile or so made it easier for everyone to cool down, catch their breath, and rehydrate. Even still, once we passed the one mile mark, we had quite a few people turn back around and call it a day. The heat was definitely intense for the first part of the journey.
At the next break, we actually had one attendee climb up a tree for fun for a view of the canyon around us.
Once we reached the loop, we decided to go a little ways before finding a relaxing place to step off and smoke. We hiked a bit off trailing the crew set up in multiple spots, distancing themselves and enjoying the space and shade, which had been minimal on the ascent.
After dabs, joints, and a fat blunt, we decided to continue along. A couple of our crew members decide to go straight up Mount Galbraith to the Summit rather than around the loop, and were able to catch some great views of the surrounding area and Golden.
The groups joined up after the halfway marker, and we began to make our descent down the mountain. After completing the loop, the trail down was familiar, and the decline was well-received. The breeze picked up, and some cloud cover allowed us a gorgeous end of the hike.
I cannot thank everyone who came out the hike today enough. Not only did we have a successful hike, but it was the day before my birthday, and everyone’s good spirits were contagious and made the event worthwhile.
Thanks again for a great day out on the trail!
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