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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Hewlett Gulch

It's been a long time since we've gotten to go into the mountains. Shortly after our last excursion, Katie got Covid and although it wasn't severe, she was quarantined for 2 weeks. The first week that she felt well enough to go out we couldn't hike because we had tickets to go see Hamilton at the Buell Theater in Denver. So this is the first week that we had free to hike again.

Since we haven't been hiking in a while, we decided to push ourselves with an almost 9-mile hike with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Not hiking in over a month meant that we were out of shape, but we struggled on to complete this hike in 3 and a half hours. I have only hiked Hewlett Gulch one other time back in 2019, and I guess we were in better shape since it took us 30 fewer minutes back then. Nonetheless, we were both surprised that we made it the whole way without turning back since this hike is about 2-3 miles longer than anything we've done in quite a while.

This hike isn't my favorite for photography. I actually struggled to get some photos on this hike, although I knew that already since this is the second time I've hiked here. Hewlett Gulch doesn't have a summit to hike to, instead, you're hiking between some mountain peaks. That doesn't mean the scenery isn't beautiful, but there's something weird with the lighting that makes the surrounding mountains always washed out. I think there would be better lighting on an overcast day, but since it was fully sunny, I feel like I didn't get very good photos.

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