Carpenter Peak Hike and Dinner with Friends – Denver

Denver, CO

For our second adventure with Hans, Lisa,  Steve, and Mona Liza, we headed to Roxborough State Park south of Denver.  Lisa found a great six and half mile hike to the summit of Carpenter Peak.

View from the visitor center

They found the trailhead

No mountain lions were harmed during this hike

From the visitor center the trail winds steadily uphill, first through a beautiful group of red rocks.  As we gained in elevation there were great views of the skyline of Denver to the northeast.

The Denver skyline in the distance

Above the rocks the trail went through a green meadow with colorful wildflowers all around us.

Wildflowers along the trail

The boys needed a rest!

After a hike of over three miles and a thousand foot gain in elevation, we came to the summit (7,000 feet).  To the east we could see Denver and its surrounding suburbs.

To the west we could see numerous snow-covered mountains.

Group photo on the summit (Thanks, Hans, for the photo.)

Beauty all around!

Pausing on the return hike

Thunderstorms threatened in the distance as we returned back down the trail.  It started to rain just as we returned to the parking lot.

When it appeared that a number of bloggers who have become friends would be converging on the Denver area the last week of May, Lisa took the initiative and scheduled a meeting at Colorado Plus Brewhouse and Taproom in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge.  Five couples met and had a great time and even greater conversation.

From the bottom: Sue and Dave, Pam and John, Lisa and Hans, JoAnne and Rick, Monaliza and Steve.

We had a great time with everyone and look forward to seeing them during our travels in the months to come.

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16 Responses to Carpenter Peak Hike and Dinner with Friends – Denver

  1. Sue says:

    what a beautiful day for a hike with friends. Thank, John, for showing us the wildflowers, some of us love flowers you know. It was so nice getting together with all of you at Colorado Plus the other night. This is the life!

  2. Ingrid says:

    Sounds like one fun day 🙂

  3. libertatemamo says:

    I Love seeing so many fun bloggers all in one place. What a blast! Wish we were there to join in.
    Nina

  4. pmbweaver says:

    I can see that you ladies would have completed the hike much sooner if you didn’t have the boys resting all the time.

    Great photos from the summit. Glad you aren’t in those snow covered mountains.

    What a great group photo. One of the few times I have actually seen Sue’s face…hehe

  5. Gay says:

    Would love to have been there! Awesome group photo on the rocks!

  6. Jodee Gravel says:

    How fortunate to have three talented trailhead finders in one group! Also nice of you hatters to let Pam hang out all bare-headed and all 🙂 Love the pic through the red rock and green grass to the skyline of Denver – beautiful. I would need a boost to get up on that bench! How fun for all of you to get together for dinner – love seeing all those happy faces 🙂 Oh, and thanks for not hassling the kitties.

  7. Zsuzsa Klush says:

    Great pictures, love the group photo on the rock. Looks like it was a lot of fun !

  8. Laurel says:

    What a blast! Looks like a pretty hike, and I especially love the group photo at the summit. It’s obvious how much fun you guys were having. 🙂 (The boys needed a rest, haha!)

  9. Looks like a good time was had by all! Wish we had been there to join you. One of these days, maybe..,

  10. RJRVtravels says:

    Fun indeed! You are exposing me to lots of new places in CO!

  11. Every time we get together we have so much fun! I wonder if we can make it happen again the next time we’re all in the southwest?????

  12. LuAnn says:

    How awesome that so many of you bloggers were able to enjoy a meal together. Looks like you all had a wonderful day. 🙂

  13. debbiemc14 says:

    What beautiful red rocks. I really like your happy group shot. Nice time!

  14. pam says:

    You gals look like you were having fun on that hike, making too much noise and scared away the mountain lions I would guess!

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