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With a week of clear weather I was hoping the trails around the Flatirons would be cleared off. Taking an evening to hike to Royal Arch and back I found a few very ice spots and twice wished for traction more robust than my Yaktrax. Regardless, they got me down safe in conjunction with a headlamp (am I actually looking forward to daylight savings and “extra” evening hour?).

Saturday morning Tara and I picked up Claire on the way out of town and headed to the Longs Peak Trailhead. Bright blue skies and warm sun had us stripping off layers (is this really winter?) minutes from the trailhead.

I’ve seen more snow up above treeline in June than we had right now and wondered if the Keyhole route would loose its technical rating early this year.

To get a view of the continental divide we hiked up to Granite Pass (how am I not wearing gloves at 12,000+ feet in March?) for a quick lunch before trekking back to the Chasm Lake junction.

It was amazing to have such a warm and calm day in the park, I almost wished I was going for the summit.

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