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Hiking Mt. Sanitas with 2 kids

Sunday, March 13, 2011 Leave a Comment

Several of my neighbors have managed, somehow, to get their 4 year old children up to the mountains for ski school. Every weekend. Like, a repeatable event.

I want to know: How do you do it? Seriously.

We tried to rally our boys to do a little hike on Mt. Sanitas today. It went something like this:

8:30 am: Let's go to Boulder for a hike! Everybody, let's get dressed! Did you eat breakfast? No?

8:45 am: Cinnamon toast is untouched. Cereal is soggy. Apple has turned brown. Kids are eating chocolate chip cookies out of the pantry.

9:00 am: Wrestle the kids out of PJs and into clothes.

9:15 am: Still searching for matching socks.

9:30 am: Realize it's daylight savings time, and it's actually 10:30.

10:30 am: Little one has pooed his diaper. Change him again.

10:45 am: Make PB&J sandwiches, fill water bottles, throw a bunch of snacks in a bag. Put the BOB stroller in the car. Search the neighborhood for the dog, who escaped out the open garage door.

11:10 am: Argue with the 4 year old about wearing his leather motorcycle jacket on a hike. He wins.

11:15 am: Boys are in their carseats! Car is packed, we're ready to go!

11:18 am: Realize the 4 year old has no seatbelt. Pull over to belt him in.

11:19 am: Realize we forgot the water & snacks. Not going back for them.

11: 24 am: "Mom, I'm hungry!"

11:35 am: Both boys are asleep.

11:50 am: Park at Nick-N-Willy's Pizza on Pearl Street (they have fabulous gluten-free pizza! Regular pizza too!). Try to wake the boys. They are now groggy and grumpy.

12:35 pm: After much cajoling, bribing and threatening, everyone has eaten an acceptable amount. OK, now let's go.

12:50 pm: Arrive at Mt. Sanitas! Unload the BOB, put on coats (convince the 4 year old not to wear the motorcycle jacket), realize we forgot water again - who cares, we've got a cookie and an apple left over from lunch.

1: 20 pm: My 4 year old, who has been talking non-stop up the trail, says, "Look at all the dogs- we should bring Maggie! Can we go to the very top of the mountain? Do mountain lions live here? Look how fast I am! Mom, this is the greatest day ever!"

2:30 pm: "Mom, I have to poop. Really, really bad." Everybody in the BOB, let's go.

Yeah. Again, friends: how do you do it? You're giving me a serious inadequacy complex.

PS: The St. Julien has really nice bathrooms, except the auto-flushers are really loud and scary.


  • Kristina said:  

    LOVE the picture of the boys together. Doesn't that alone make the trouble worth it? I'm trying Mt. Sanitas with just me and the kids ages 3, 5, and 8 this weekend. Thanks for the reminder that it's ok if all doesn't go as planned. Seriously, how do other moms do it?

  • Unknown said:  

    Thanks Kristina! I'm glad you found this too - we need to do that hike again! He still talks about it as the Best Day Ever!

  • Aaron said:  

    We did the Sanitas valley hike at your recommendation. It was great! We also brought the double bob stroller and I must say that it was a workout. We made it up to where the trail gets steep then tuned back around, I think it was about 2.5 miles round trip from the centennial trailhead parking lot.
    Will do a full trail profile soon.

  • Unknown said:  

    Awesome! Mount Sanitas is one we do every 3-4 months and it's gone great. We've made it to the top with our 6 year old, we've spent our hike in the valley with our 3 year old, we've been rained on in a thunderstorm, and still it's a favorite. In fact, it's our hike we measure all othersby. We just did Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs and pronounced it shorter than Mt. Sanitas, but steeper and rockier. Happy hiking!