When I moved to Denver in July, I was so eager to hit the trails that I couldn’t wait for the weekends. As soon as the clock struck 5 p.m. on a workday, I’d slam my laptop shut, throw on my backpack, and head for the hills—literally.
Back when I lived in Florida, I was content to spend my evenings wandering the nearby shopping center with my dog to unwind. No more. Now that I know the bliss of a post-work hike in the Flatirons, my simple strolls around the neighborhood feel a little stale. And I’m not the only one trading in my treadmill struts for switchbacks. Katie Gassman has more than 32,000 followers on her @hotgirlhikes TikTok account devoted to touting the good news about getting outdoors; she also organizes group hot girl hikes for those in search of gal pals to adventure alongside.