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Old 04-02-2015, 12:18 PM
 
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I just got the splints out of my nose from sinus surgery and I've got a 3-day weekend ahead of me. I also don't celebrate Easter. It's supposed to be nice on Saturday and Sunday, and I'm feeling restless (spring fever).

I like low-key hikes, bookstores and windowshopping. I've also got an energetic Catahoula who really would love to get outside after his person has been laid up for a week.

Any suggestions? What would YOU do?
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:19 PM
 
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What about heading up to Boulder to do some windowshopping at Pearl Street Mall and some hiking up there??
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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For a nice easy afternoon hike my favorite spot is South Valley Park - Jefferson County, Colorado

I really love the scenery there and it's usually quiet and not very busy. The loop is only about 4 miles parking lot to parking lot so not bad
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:54 PM
 
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himain, I think that's a definite possibility. I have a buddy who lives there, and we could grab lunch and do some day drinking maybe, or I could go for a hike with the crazy houla.

ayoitzrimz, I think South Valley Park sounds great too. Question - have you ever encountered a rattler there? Also, do they allow dogs? I can't find anything that prohibits them.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:58 PM
 
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I saw one dead rattler day around the same time last year, and it is the time they are coming out. That trail is well used though and I never saw a live one.

Dogs are definitely allowed but on leash only. I take mine there for our saturday morning walks but I remember checking the rules and they are definitely allowed on leash.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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I sent that link to my bf to do a hike there Sunday as well. Knowing my luck I'll get bitten
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm sure you will be fine. Rattlesnakes are common in CO and yet while people do get bit it doesn't happen that often. The trails are very well marked, and with the amount of people there someone will likely call JeffCo and report it if they see one. I would just stay on the trails and enjoy the view. You will be fine, and it is beautiful there.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:09 PM
 
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Oh and there are 2 parking lots there FYI, in case one is full the other is down the road (just follow the road that curves around the park). Neither has ever been full when I've gone.
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:58 PM
 
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Early hike at Chataqua Park (Flat Irons or Royal Arch), and then some day drinking/lunch at Boulder Brewing, and then find somewhere with a hot tub and enjoy a bottle of wine with a friend. That would be my ideal day.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:04 PM
 
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I would go to down town Golden, stop off a d'delli and get an awesome sandwich, put it in your pack and hike up castle rock. Once up top have lunch and enjoy the view. after you can hike across south table top and back, nice mostly flat walk.

Works better if you have a friend, drop one car at the trail head, and then drive to d'delli with the other car. awesome time, only about 2hrs.
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