Surprising Hale

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I expected Hale to be like its neighbors to the west and east, Congress Park and Montclair–full of bungalows and not much else. But walking through Hale came with several surprises, and I think being on the more fun end of Colfax has its influence. Here’s our urban hiking adventure.

Starting with a River Rock House

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We started our urban hike on the corner of 12th and Dahlia, pleasantly surprised by the charming house made out of all river rock. Thus began our walk where surprises popped up like cherries on sundaes. And there were some cherries too!

Hale, whose name I could not uncover except to find a reference to a turn-of-the-century architect named Hale who may have been the neighborhood’s influence (but no proof), sits between Colorado, Colfax, 8th and Eudora. Interestingly, the Bellevue-Hale neighborhood association cuts its boundaries a little more narrow. None the less, a neighborhood that has Colfax bounding it has treats within. It may also be named after General Irving Hale, founder of the VFW, but I also didn’t find solid evidence of that, either.

Old and New, with a Rose in the Middle

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With mostly original houses and just a few scrapes, the northeast and eastern boundaries of Hale seem to be bouncing along. Its southwest corner, though, bares the brunt of a torn-out hospital and the starts of rapid condo/apartment takeovers. The western edge gets the trendy Trader Joe’s and fabulous Steep Tea and Coffee. Thus, the neighborhood seems a bit split between old and new, with the Rose Medical Center in its middle.

Cherry on Top

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Our walk took us along Colfax. As wicked here as in other areas, the Hale section hosts the controversial Hot Chick-a-Latte. Despite mixed feelings of how our coffees should be served, we couldn’t resist grabbing the Hula Hoops and shaking some hips on Colfax as we tried hooping circles to honking onlookers. Plus, the ladies at -Latte treated us to their “pop a cherry” treats and a steamy cup of chai.

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Although typical Denver bungalows fill the neighborhood, occasionally we’d come across funky attempts at something different next to churches that standardized the architecture of their time. Even the Rose Center, with its mix of old and new, attempted to throw a little quirkiness into the staid hospital complex.

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Hale was a fun and surprising neighborhood that everyone should walk at least once. See below for the map and directions

The Route:

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Start at 4726 E 12th Ave. Walk to the west along 12th Ave, turning right on Bellaire St.

At Colfax, turn right. Enjoy the market on the right, and if you’re in a fun and frisky mood, stop at Hot Chick-a-Latte and spring a few hoola hoops.

Take a right on Dahlia. Take a left on E 13th Ave and a right on Eudora. Enjoy the bungalows and look for the coho salmon mailbox on the west side of the street.

Cross Hale and take a right on Severn Place. Enjoy the off-white, subway-style house on the north side of the street. Take a right on Dahlia, taking it back across Hale and past the Rose Center.

Continue north on Dahlia to return back to where you started.
Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.