Bushwhacking Sanitas

We had a couple hours before dinner so I thought we should squeeze in a quick hike up one of my favorites, the Sanitas Goat Trail. I generally over-pack even for short hikes, bringing just about everything that we might desire. But now that that my daughter has built up her skills and confidence, today we experimented with bringing next to nothing – just a half-filled bottle of water. When she excitedly veered off the main trail to follow a game trail (a trail used by animals and not designed for humans) I supported her decision. How else will she learn the value of trails and supplies?

Naturally, the game trail dissolved after 10 or 20 yards up the steep embankment and we were left bushwacking all the way up to the ridge. We both had shorts on allowing the tall dry grasses and cactus to wear on our shins. Every now and then I had to pick up my daughter to make it across some particularly loose ground or up a steep rocky slope. Carrying her, along with my 8-month old son in the backpack, reminded me how much I like trails. By the time we reached the valley trail, eager for easy travel and water (of which we had none left) my daughter learned the value of avoiding bushwacking and bringing supplies.

Route

The bushwacking “trail”, Two Robin (affectionately named Two Robin after having been greeted by two robins when we first set out on the game trail), begins at the Southern bend of the dirt road that connects the Hawthorne Ave trailhead to the Goat Trail. We went up Two Robin, connected with Dakota Ridge Trail, then the Valley Trail, and then returned on the Goat Trail.

Route - Hiking Mt Sanitas Goat Trail, Boulder CO

 

Stats

Name: Sanitas Two Robin Trail To Dakota Ridge To Goat Trail
Date: Jul 6, 2013 3:44 pm
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Distance: 0.84 miles
Elapsed Time: 1:05:07
Avg Speed: 0.8 mph
Max Speed: 3.5 mph
Avg Pace: 77′ 26″ per mile
Min Altitude: 5,598 ft
Max Altitude: 5,964 ft
Start Time: 2013-07-06T21:44:24Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 40º 02′ 07″ N
Longitude: 105º 17′ 39″ W
End Location:
Latitude: 40º 02′ 07″ N
Longitude: 105º 17′ 39″ W

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