Hiking the Mt. Galbraith Loop Trail with Friends – Denver

Denver, CO

On our first day in Denver we hit the ground running walking with a hike on the Mt. Galbraith Loop Trail.  After driving about fifteen miles to Golden, we met up with friends Hans and Lisa (Metamorphosis Road) and Steve and MonaLiza (Lowe’s RV Adventures) at the Cedar Gulch Trailhead.   We spent time with Hans and Lisa this past January in San Diego but haven’t seen Steve and MonaLiza since February of 2014 in Florida .

Setting smart phone apps at the trailhead

The Cedar Gulch Trail winds up the side of Mt. Galbraith and meets the Mt. Galbraith Loop Trail.  We did the loop in a clockwise direction, enjoying a view of Golden to the east, then the mountains to the west.

The Coors Brewery in downtown Golden

Lisa, Mona Liza, Hans, Steve, and John on the loop trail

Snow-capped mountains to the west

Heading back down on the loop trail

After our four mile hike the group had developed quite an appetite.  Lisa had done some research and had three choices for us.  The group settled on Mexican food, so we drove to La Casa Alba in nearby Golden.

Clockwise from the left: Mona Liza, Steve, John, Hans, Lisa, and Pam

Everyone really enjoyed our meal at La Casa Alba.  The food was delicious, the portions were huge, the service was good, and the prices were more than reasonable!  We plan to return here in the near future to sample some of the other offerings on their menu.

What a great day with good friends!

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23 Responses to Hiking the Mt. Galbraith Loop Trail with Friends – Denver

  1. You guys always hit the ground running! And I’m glad you did some of that *walking, anyhow) with us! Such a great group of people!

    • placestheygo says:

      So glad that you set up this get together. It was nice to have two days to hike with you and Hans. It will be awhile before we meet up again. It was a perfect hiking group:)

  2. Ingrid says:

    I’m ready for some good Mexican food so I think we’ll need to give that one a try. Heading down the mountain soon 🙂

  3. Gay says:

    Nice day with friends…love the big smiles!

  4. explorvistas says:

    That sure is a lot of snow on those mountains, Pam! That food looks yummy!

    Jim

    • placestheygo says:

      The mountains are very white and make for beautiful scenery, that is when the clouds aren’t hanging so low:) The food was excellent and fed us all for two meals.

  5. Hiking and eating, what a great way to spend time with friends.!

  6. Jodee Gravel says:

    You know you’ve been following people a while when you recognize them from the back :-))) Looks like a beautiful hike with great folks – love those blue skies.

    • placestheygo says:

      Isn’t it funny how well you know people from blogging and you haven’t even met them yet! When you do finally meet in person, it is like getting together with an old friend. We had a great two days of hiking and managed to get morning blue skies before the grey returned.

  7. Laurel says:

    How fun — what a perfect group of hiking buddies! Glad you got some decent weather for hiking.

  8. pmbweaver says:

    I can’t even express how absolutely jealous we are of y’all. Good friends, fabulous hike and gorgeous weather. Keep enjoying the wonderful friendship and adventures. Miss you.

  9. Sherry says:

    Me too, jealous that is. A hike with three pairs of my favorite bloggers. Looks like a wonderful day. We only missed you by a year. We were in Denver last summer. We stayed in a private park because the state parks were so expensive. Your header picture sure looks inviting though. May have to go for it next time we are on our way to Rocky Mountain NP.

  10. LuAnn says:

    Glad you were able to get together with friends and enjoy a day of hiking. Wish we could have tagged along. 🙂

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