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.
Get ready for this hike!