A few years ago, I discovered a little treasure in my hometown of Littleton, CO. The Crabapple Trail, a civic project started nearly 40 years ago, winds through a few flowering miles of neighborhood streets in the downtown area. And its colorful peak only lasts a few days during the month of April. Its a Springtime ritual not to be missed.
I first saw the signs in 2012 and enthusiastically followed the trail that April. I missed the peak in 2013 but this year, I was fortunate enough to remember just as the pink and white buds appeared. To my delight, I was able to tour the blooming route several times with my mother, my sister’s mother-in-law, and my children. To fully enjoy the crabapple trees, one must drive with the windows down to inhale the fragrance of the trees.
The crowning vista of the route can be found at Jackass Hill Park located at
the crest of a hill on the south end of Prince Street. Trees bloom on both sides of the park entrance with the snowcapped Rockies in the distance and casting a dramatic backdrop for a perfectly stunning photo. Its easy to pull over to take a few photos at the park. But, don’t forget to stop and look up through the flowering tree boughs at the blue sky peeking through, close your eyes and take a deep breath. The beautiful sight and smell signifies the coming of Spring in the most perfect way.