Hiking Coloradoand39;s Front Range  by Bob D Antonio

Hiking Colorado's Front Range Guide Book

by Bob D Antonio (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Coloradoand39;s Front Range  by Bob D Antonio
Lace up your boots and sample sixty of the finest trails that the northern foothills have to offer. Situated between low-lying plains and towering mountain peaks, the Front Range provides varied scenery and terrain. Choose from easy day hikes around Boulder, exhilarating summit ascents near Denver, wild-country explorations near FortCollins, picnic outings near Estes Park, and excursions with the kids around Colorado Springs.

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Trails from the "Hiking Colorado's Front Range" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

Situated below Lookout Mountain, and surrounded by ever-increasing urban sprawl, lies this beautiful piece of open space. Apex Park is a quick getaway into a beautiful deep gulch that offers hikers great views, beautiful wildflowers, cacti, yuccas, and a pine forest—all a mere 15 miles from downtown Denver. From the parking area go down the steps and pick up a park map at the kiosk. Follow the wide gravel path down past the restrooms and picnic area to a bridge. Cross the wood footbridge over Mt. Vernon Creek and follow the Village Walk Trail up and to the right. Mt. Vernon Creek is quite picturesque and is surrounded by tall cottonwoods and willow bushes. The Village Walk Trail climbs up a gentle grade through an open meadow filled with colorful wildflowers in the late spring and early summer months. The trail makes a sharp left at the top of the hill and climbs up to the Mt. Vernon townsite.
Pleasant View, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
Wonderful hiking in a beautiful state park just west of Fort Collins. This loop takes you up to Arthur’s Rock, traveling over beautiful flower-filled hills, with views to the east of Horsetooth Reservoir, south to Horsetooth Mountain Park, and east to. the plains. A great wildlife hike and a good place to bring the family and enjoy all the activities this park has to offer. Note that the trail is rocky. From the trailhead go west past the restrooms and (very informative) kiosk on the Arthur’s Rock Trail. Cross a wood footbridge and head left across another footbridge and into a narrow gulch. Follow the narrow, rocky trail up through the mouth of the gulch.
Livermore, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
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As the name suggests, this is a short, scenic hike around and up to the top of Bald Mountain (7,160 feet). There are spectacular views of the Indian Peaks and the plains. It’s a great hike for the young ones. What a great hike to bring the kids on! It’s short, there are numerous places to stop, there are picnic tables located near the trailhead, and the views are just spectacular. From the parking area the trail travels past an old corral and several picnic tables on a smooth, wide trail to a trail junction.
Boulder, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 1.5
A beautiful, easy hike along the shoreline of Barr Lake offers great views of the Indian Peaks and Rocky Mountain National Park. You can see for a hundred miles to the north and south along the Front Range. This hike offers a different experience than most hikes along the Front Range and is a welcome relief from the steep trails along the foothills and the mountains. This is one of the best spots along the Front Range for wildlife viewing, and there are several spots along the trail where you can stop and look for the many species of birds and mammals that call this special place home. This is a great hike for the whole family to get out and enjoy some excellent hiking in a wonderful wildlife area.
Brighton, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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This great hike heads up the lower section of the world-famous Barr Trail, which reaches the summit of Pikes Peak (14,115 feet), the highest mountain in the Colorado Springs area. This hike climbs the steep switchbacks on the lower section of the trail, and ends at a stunning overlook on the Eagle’s Nest Trail.
Manitou Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
This is a strenuous but great hike up to the summit of Bear Peak (8,461 feet), one of Boulder’s most visible landmarks. The Bear Peak Trail follows Bear Creek up beautiful Bear Canyon, then makes a steep ascent up the Bear Peak West Ridge Trail to the summit. Expect beautiful vistas and blooming wildflowers during the summer months. From the parking area, access the Walter Orr-Roberts Weather Trail on the west side of NCAR. Follow this informative trail for a short 0.2 mile to a kiosk and a sign pointing to the Mesa Trail. Drop a short distance, then climb steeply to a water tower. From the water tower follow signs for the Mesa Trail, staying left at all trail junctions. At the 1.2-mile mark you arrive at the junction of the Mesa Trail and Bear Creek. Go left up the steep, wide road to a junction with Mesa Trail and the Bear Canyon Trail on the right.
Marshall, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
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This is a nice hike in the trees high above Clear Creek and Clear Creek Canyon. The Beaver Brook Trail runs in an east-to-west direction for 7 miles. Feel free to extend your mileage and hike as far as you like. Beautiful views reach up and down Clear Creek Canyon and west to the Continental Divide. From the parking area drop down on the Castle Trail across a small gulch. Begin a steep climb through junipers, cacti, and yuccas, with good views to the east. At around the 0.7-mile mark the trail switchbacks to the north, with great views of Red Rocks. The trail turns back to the south and climbs several switchbacks. At around the 1.7-mile mark great views of Morrison and Denver appear.
Golden, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
On this beautiful hike up to the summit of Bergen Peak (9,708 feet), you can expect to see wildlife, wildflowers along the trail, and excellent views from on top. This is an excellent hike and a must-do.
Evergreen, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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The city of Boulder and the county of Boulder have done an amazing job of preserving lands in and around the city, and Betasso Preserve is one of the many open space lands that citizens of Boulder County and the Front Range can use. This hike is a nice outing through forests of ponderosa pines on a smooth well-maintained trail.
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
A wonderful day hike leads to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. This short hike takes you up to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by stunning alpine peaks. This is one of my favorite hikes in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and you get a lot of bang for the buck on this hike. Beautiful views, spectacular wildflowers, lovely alpine lakes; this hike has it all. If you are planning to hike up to Blue Lake during the weekend in the summer month, arrive early to secure a parking space. The parking lot fills up quickly in the summer months and finding a space after early morning can be a problem. The hike begins at the Mitchell Lake Trailhead, located near the restrooms at the Mitchell Lake Trailhead parking area. The Mitchell Lake Trail begins at an elevation of 10,472 feet and climbs to 11,352 feet to Blue Lake in just under 2.5 miles.
Ward, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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Fishing, wildlife viewing, and exceptional hiking can be found in the Button Rock Preserve, and this hike will allow you the opportunity to experience all of these activities.
Lyons, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
This is a great hike down into the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park and to Calypso Cascades. Calypso Cascades is a beautiful, tumbling waterfall that drops more than 100 feet down a forested hillside. The falls are formed by the raging waters of North Saint Vrain Creek. The trails in Rocky Mountain National Park are well maintained and marked with accurate distances at most trail junctions. From the trailhead the trail makes a gentle climb through dense spruce forest to a small stream crossing. The trail up to this point is fairly smooth and free of rocks. Beyond the creek the trail climbs to a trail junction on rockier tread, still deep in the trees, with limited views to the north.
Allenspark, CO - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
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A beautiful trail passes through lodgepole pines along South Saint Vrain Creek. This excellent family hike offers good campsites, fishing, and access. It’s also a great spot for early summer wildflowers.
Fraser, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
Chasm Lake lies nestled in a rocky alpine cirque below the towering summits of Longs Peak (14,255 feet) and Mount Meeker (13,911 feet), the two highest summits in Rocky Mountain National Park. The cirque is absolutely stunning and is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Colorado. Do this hike! This hike starts at the very popular Longs Peak Trailhead. The trailhead is extremely busy during the summer months, and it is difficult to secure a parking spot during this time. Having hiked this trail at least fifteen times for climbing trips to the east face of Longs Peak, I recommend that you arrive early or do the hike during the week to increase your chances of getting a parking spot. The hike follows the Longs Peak Trail up through a dense coniferous forest on a well-maintained trail.
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
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Though this is a short hike up to the rocky summit of Chief Mountain (11,709 feet), the trail gains over 1,100 feet in 1.5 miles. But once on top of Chief Mountain you are rewarded for all that hard work with spectacular views to the north and south, and eastward to the plains.
Idaho Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
A steep hike leads into and up Chimney Gulch, located a mile from downtown Golden. Excellent views of Denver, the plains, and up Clear Creek Canyon can be seen from Windy Saddle. The trail climbs through Chimney Gulch and along steep hillsides covered with wildflowers, cacti, yuccas, and mixed pine forests. This is a year-round trail that is especially beautiful during the early summer months. From the parking area cross CO 26 and access the fire road on the east side of the highway. Pass through a gate and climb up to a trail marker at the 0.8-mile mark. Go right at the trail marker and climb along the crest of the ridge. The Dakota Ridge Trail cuts through a forest of small juniper and ponderosa pines and stays on the west side of the ridge. Reach a trail marker and the top of the ridge.
Golden, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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This trailhead, established in 2011, offers several options for hiking on the high prairie near the town of Superior.
Superior, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
This open space parcel just south of Castle Rock offers two short trails just above Plum Creek and I-25. Columbine Open Space provides a buffer from ever-encroaching growth along the I-25 corridor.
Larkspur, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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Take a trip back into time. Dinosaurs roamed this land millions of years ago, and this hike takes you to the fossilized remains and footprints of these prehistoric animals via the Dakota Ridge Trail and Rooney Road.
Morrison, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
This great hike is within the city limits of Louisville. It offers great views to the Flatirons, the Indian Peaks, and Longs Peak to the north. Bring the dog; there is an enclosed dog run where your pooch can play. The trail becomes rocky the higher you climb, with great views back to Boulder and the east. After a mile and 900 feet of elevation gain, the trail reaches a ridge and skirts through a beautiful forest of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. Make a small drop to a stream on the left and an old road on the right. This lovely, small, open meadow has beautiful, large ferns and alpine flowers blooming along the trail in the summer months.
Superior, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
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