It's starting to feel like fall in Boulder and Mapleton Hill is the place to be. Not only is this neighborhood perfect in the summer, but also breathtaking when leaves start turning their majestic maroons and golds. Looking for a place to welcome in the fall colors? Located just down the street, is Mount Sanitas. If you are hoping to take in all that Boulder and it's mountains have to offer during summer, fall, winter and spring , this hike is for you!
Northwest of Pearl Street, Mount Sanitas is one of the most popular hikes in Boulder. When warm weather and green leaves take over this beautiful grown up neighborhood, Mount Sanitas is the perfect place to welcome in the summer. At the top of the hike, it is worth a moment to take in the picturesque view of the blue lakes and lush trees in the city below. What's so wonderful about Colorado, however, is its picturesque beauty all year round.
During the fall, it might be worth bringing a jacket with you, but hiking Mount Sanitas is just as breathtaking as in the summertime. The drive through Mapleton Hill and it's fall colors is gorgeous and sets the stage for the mountain, kissed by fall, that you are about to explore. The crisp air and vibrant blue skies of Colorado Indian Summers assist in making this steep and rocky hike come with more ease. And, at the top of the hike, the reds, oranges and yellows offset the red roofed campus of the University of Colorado perfectly. Learn more about the historic neighborhood that hosts this beautiful hike below:
About Mapleton Hill:
Mapleton Hill is one of the most sought after and oldest neighborhoods in Boulder. Prices rate in the millions of dollars, but with nineteenth century architecture and tree-lined streets, the price is worth it! Most homes in the area are single-family and exude Victorian and Queen Anne style architecture. Credited to the 200+ silver maple and cottonwood trees planted when the neighborhood was first developed, the neighborhood is thought of not only as gorgeous, but as calm and family friendly as well.
For lower priced housing, the area has developed some town homes and condominiums. But, beware, getting in this neighborhood is hard to come by. Many of Mapleton Hill's first residents still reside in the neighborhood. And why wouldn't they? With its prime location, large lawns and extensive porches, getting residents to want to move is not easy. And if those attributes aren't enticing enough, living in a historic district has its perks. One major perk is that the Colorado Historical Society maintains this luxurious neighborhood with state tax credit and preservation grants.
Though the neighborhood lacks new build amenities such as retail stores and restaurants, the neighborhood has a prime location. Nestled underneath the mountains, access to popular hikes such as Mount Sanitas is easy. It also lies just minutes from Pearl Street Mall and, according to WalkScore.com, ranks as one of the best in terms of walkability.
For more information on this neighborhood, visit the Boulder Neighborhood Guide
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