37 Years and Counting

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

One of the advantages to living in south Boulder is the proximity to local hiking trails. Just 5 minutes drive from Wendy's home, is one of her most beloved Boulder hikes, Skunk Canyon and Kohler Mesa. Over the years, the trajectory of the Skunk Canyon trail has changed considerably, (the most significant change was following the massive flooding in 2013), and it's no longer the quiet and unmarked neighborhood access trail that it was in the 1980's. But it's still one of her favorite, especially in the spring and early summer when it is thriving with the most colorful migratory birds, including our CO state bird, the Western Tanager. There is a number of different loops you can make so that you are not doing the same route every time. If Wendy needs to burn a bit of energy or just clear her head, it is always available and so convenient. See included photographs, although a bit smokey from all the current western fires.

Photographic image of Skunk Canyon as viewed from Mesa Trail
Skunk Canyon, looking east, as viewed from Mesa Trail on a recent smokey day.
Photographic image of the trail on Kohler Mesa
This section of trail connects the Enchanted Mesa trail to Kohler Mesa. It is a beautiful-old-growth forest that always feels peaceful and is usually light dappled.