It was snowing in the mountains and raining in Boulder. The color of autumn was fading all too fast. I had to get out and experience what remained. Snow wasn't appealing, so I kept the trip close to home. I hiked Bear Peak, one of the more obvious peaks above Boulder's Flatirons. The mountain stands 8,461 feet tall.
I attempted Bear Peak in similar weather conditions back in May. It was cold, wet, and foggy, so we gave up 300 feet shy of the summit in favor of some warm comfort food down in Boulder.
But now it's autumn. The plants go supernova. The chill moves back in. People do other things and the local trails become a lot less traveled. Time to try again.