Alderfer Three Sisters
Connecting with Nature
Article and photos by Julie Matuszewski
In a world of uncertainty, confusion and constant stimulation, it can be hard to quiet the mind and take a needed mental break. Connecting with nature through a hike provides a peaceful escape far away from the traffic, meetings, chores and business of daily life. Being in nature allows for a personal inner connection that brings a sense of peace.
In our community, you do not have to drive far to find that escape. Just west on I-70, located in the heart of Evergreen is Alderfer Three Sisters. It was once a working ranch for cattle, horses and foxes. Now part of Jefferson County open space, it offers a variety of adventures in nature’s playground. The park sits on 1,127 acres with 15.6 miles of moderate trails that are open to hiking, walking and biking, bringing you to the top of Evergreen Mountain.
The ponderosa pines and stunning vista views provide the perfect backdrop for a family picnic and day trip. Each trail opens to beautiful wildflowers in the summer months. The weekends can get a bit crowded, so I recommend arriving before nine or later in the afternoon. Be prepared with water, sunscreen, snacks and even a small first aid kit when hiking. If hiking by yourself, tell a friend or family member which trail you will take and your estimated time of return.
Our recent visit to Alderfer Three Sisters was a day of leisure hiking. We enjoyed watching climbers bouldering on rock formations near the south trailhead while taking in the stunning views of the Three Sisters rock formations. As we rounded each switchback climbing closer to the Brothers formation, I reminded myself that my “to do” list can wait for now. In this moment, I am where I am supposed to be, at peace enjoying the sound my steps make through the forest of leaves.
When exploring Alderfer Three Sisters, listen for the crackling branches and the chirping of the birds. Does each step you take make you feel free and alive? If so, you have found your peace while connecting with nature.
As of press time, Alderfer Three Sisters trailhead was open with advisories posted. Visit https://www.jeffco.us/980/Alderfer-Three-Sisters-Park for up-to-date information.