Feb 2, 2015
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We're used to wild weather swings in CO, but we don't get many 70 degree sunny days in January! After several weeks of dreary, cold, and cloudy weather, we got a warm spell that nuked the stale dirty snow in just a few days. Contemplating what to do... I was worried that the popular trails would have inches of compacted ice. I remember someone mentioning a new trail near my house, and thinking it was opened but unannounced - perfect - that should reduce the ice compaction!
I headed up the hill to the new trailhead, didn't see any signs, but there was indeed a brand new spiffy trail. I followed it up for a few glorious miles to the top of Mount Sanitas, joined the throngs of hikers that come up the traditional path, and enjoyed the view for a few moments before heading back the way I came.