Today I hiked up Carpenter Peak, which is a ~7100ft mountain in the Colorado front range. It is accessible via Roxborough State Park. I have been to this state park before, but last time I was here I was kind of underwhelmed with the trail we chose. Carpenter Peak turned out to be a good redemption for me in this park. You get really nice eastern views of the plains and Denver, as well as Chatfield reservoir, and the giant spiky slabs of granite that emerge like shark fins out of the ground. Additionally, from the top of the granite-covered peak, you get a decent view of the foothills to the west. I considered this whole trail to be an exercise for a backpacking trip I’ll be attempting later this summer.