Hiking Saint Mary’s Glacier

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Colorado has gorgeous hiking trails and I am always looking for new places to get outdoors and back into nature. Since moving to this beautiful state 4 years ago, we’ve hiked several places. Some easy, some extremely hard (14,000 ft), but we had never hiked Saint Mary’s Glacier.

We tried once, but because Saint Mary’s Glacier is easily accessible from Denver, it gets pretty crowded during the weekends. The trailhead starts in a neighborhood area and parking is not available on very busy days. For these reasons, we had shied away from it.

However, recently, we had good weather and I wanted to try hiking again. I wanted something closer to home and fairly short in distance to see how my hips would cope (you can read about my post-partum issues here). Saint Mary’s Glacier came to mind and we decided to give it a shot.

I am glad to say, this was absolutely the perfect trail to hike to test my fitness level and physical ability.

Easy uphills, beautiful wide trails and a killer view at the top – what could I want more?

I even slid down the mountain on my butt for fun. You can watch it in my vlog.

Roark did pretty well on the hike as well, sleeping for most of the way. He loved playing in the ice, around the lake and took every chance to climb on things. He even managed to prop himself up and over a huge fallen log.

I feel very fortunate to have easy access to nature and to be able able to share this with my son. Although, he won’t remember these early outings, I’ve been noticing that with every hike, he is doing better and better and can’t wait to get outside. Hopefully, by introducing him to the outdoors at an early age, we can go on longer hikes and instill in him an everlasting love of nature and exercise.

If you plan on visiting Colorado, you should put this hike on your to do list, it’s totally worth it! Don’t forget to pack $5 cash for parking and if hiking in snow months, hiking poles and snowshoes or ice spikes.

Happy xploring!

Jana

Get ready for this hike!

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Hiking Pants
Women’s Hiking Boots
Women’s Hiking Boots
Bear Spray
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Compass
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First aid kit
Sun Shade for Child Carrier
Sun Shade for Child Carrier
Child Carrier
Child Carrier
Hiking Poles
Hiking Poles
Summer wool socks
Summer wool socks
Best Hiking Shirt
Best Hiking Shirt
Day Hiking Backpack
Day Hiking Backpack
Hiking Pants
Hiking Pants
Women’s Hiking Boots
Women’s Hiking Boots
Bear Spray
Bear Spray
Compass
Compass
First aid kit
First aid kit
Sun Shade for Child Carrier
Sun Shade for Child Carrier
Child Carrier
Child Carrier
Hiking Poles
Hiking Poles

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10 Comments

  1. April 14, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Such a beautiful place and so cool that you got to hike it with your family. 🙂

    • Jana
      Author
      April 14, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      It was! Next time you are here, we should do it together!

  2. May 11, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Wow, absolutely stunning! I live in Norway so I’m used to mountains, but haven’t hiked on a glacier yet 🙂

    • Jana
      Author
      May 11, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      OMG Norway!!! On my bucketlist for sure!!! You should do it! It’s fun and oh so beautiful!

  3. May 11, 2018 / 11:56 pm

    Hiking in Colorado is definitely on my to do list! Gorgeous pics!

    • Jana
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! Colorado is absolutely gorgeous!

  4. May 12, 2018 / 2:57 am

    Gorgeous photos. You are so lucky to live in such a picturesque area.

    • Jana
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you! I know. I feel blessed and should have moved here a long time ago!

  5. May 12, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Your son is adorable. Your photos were so pictuesqe. Im adding this to my bucket list.

    • Jana
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you! Thank you! Colorado should be on everyone’s bucket list!

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