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Sarah Banks

Assistant Photo Editor

Sarah Banks produces, photographs and researches the photography in the print edition of 5280. In addition, she photographs and writes for A Hoosier native, Sarah received degrees in journalism, political science and fine art photography from Indiana University. She moved to Denver in the summer of 2014.

7 Great Alpine Lake Hikes in Colorado

Hiking is more about the journey than the destination, but backcountry trekking is only made that much better when the trail leads to a picturesque lake.

4 Expert-Level Colorado Trail Running Loops

With high-elevation, technical terrain, even the most veteran runners find these routes challenging. If you’re not ready for that, use the following breathtaking loops as motivation to train, and train some more, until you are.

Trail Running Etiquette 101

How to deal with mountain bikers, when you shouldn’t run, and where you can volunteer to maintain your favorite singletrack: Here are the unwritten rules of the trail you need to know.

The Best Trail Running Routes in Boulder

Boulder is a trail runner’s paradise, with gorgeous terrain and well-maintained paths that range from a forested loop that gains just 429 feet to a 13.8-mile route that takes you all the way from Chautauqua Park to Eldorado Canyon.

The Best Trail Running Routes in Golden

Head over to Golden to cruise atop a mesa, dash through a forest of fairy-tale pines, or test your trail running skills on a route with rocky outcroppings.

The Best Trail Running Routes in West Denver

From a gently sloping three-miler to a climb with almost 2,000 feet of vertical gain, these routes near the city are ideal for pre- or post-workday trail runs.

What it Takes to Save Conundrum Hot Springs

The National Forest Service and Boulder-based nonprofit Leave No Trace partnered for a comprehensive approach to save the visibly degraded Conundrum Hot Springs earlier this year. So far, their effort appears to be paying off.

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