The nice thing about living in the mountains is that you don’t even have to leave your surrounding community to climb a mountain. I live between Evergreen and Conifer, Colorado, and the entire area is littered with summits. None are particularly high, but a mountain is a mountain, and they provide pleasant, short hikes, and good exercise close to home. In Conifer, right across U.S. Highway 285 from Berrian Mountain (which I climbed earlier this season) is Legault Mountain. After parking at Meyers Ranch Open Space Park and hiking up well-traveled trails steadily rising through the forest, my wife and I had to get off trail briefly to get to the summit of Legault. This route was not on the Open Space map, but after a short distance a trail began to take shape and we obviously were not the first people going after this objective.
The amazing thing about the view from the top of Legault is that I could see about 20 mountains I have climbed.