This is the burn.
Four years ago, I hiked this trail with a friend on my first visit to Boulder, long before I thought I’d ever live here. On June 26, 2012, a lightning strike set this section of forest ablaze.
Yesterday, in 97º heat, that same friend and I hiked the Shadow Canyon trail again. It was the first time either of us been on it since the fire.
This summer, apparently, is uncommonly wet. It’s turned the fire-scars bright green with new life.