Took a quick sunrise trip to Chautauqua Park to see how the wildflowers were looking. The heavy rain and snow this spring must be pushing it back a bit. There were a few pockets that were blooming, but most of the area is a couple weeks away yet.
I'd never actually hiked up into the hills around the flatirons before. I decided to hike to the top of Flatiron #1. Probably should have done some research, because it turns out that you can't "hike" to the top. It's a technical climb, which i quickly learned as I reached some sketchy scrambling below the summit. Nope... not trying that. Still a beautiful area to hike up to. It's no surprise the park is so popular. Not too crowded at dawn though! I saw only one other person on the way up at 6:00 am, but passed dozens on the way down an hour later.
| Great views of Indian Peaks |
|This was the stopping point|
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