I’ve been to Red Rocks to rock climb before, which doesn’t leave room for multi-hour hikes, but this time I was without a climbing partner for a morning and afternoon, so I picked up the hiking trail map from the visitor center.
I was enjoying the pleasant-in-comparison-to-Seattle 60F/sunny/breezy weather, but apparently not wearing a jacket in these conditions is very worrying to hikers from warmer places.
It’s a “very strenuous” hike according to the visitor center handout, but it’s only 5 miles round trip and I had a whole afternoon to kill so I wandered at a pretty leisurely pace. There was a nice view from the top, both back towards town and deeper into the canyons (and a nice place to sit, sheltered from the wind). It’s even got a summit register (if I didn’t see other people open it I wouldn’t have thought to look for one).
On the way back I scrambled to the top of the Sandstone Quarry parking lot routes and surprised someone on one of the routes.over 3 years ago