60 Hikes within 60 Miles Denver and Boulder  by Kim Lipker

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder Guide Book

by Kim Lipker (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Denver and Boulder  by Kim Lipker
Using clear and entertaining narrative, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder eliminates doubts about where to hike and what to expect when you get to the trailhead. For locating and accessing the best hikes within a 60-mile radius of the Denver and Boulder area, this guide is indispensable! Learn about prehistoric Colorado and marvel at fossils while hiking the Petri ed Forest Loop. Envision the pioneers who passed through Barr Lake State Park, or the gold miners who panned for gold near Eldorado Springs Trail. Admire the Kissing Camels rock formation while strolling through Garden of the Gods, or spend a leisurely Saturday morning at Washington Park in downtown Denver.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park boasts 770 acres of open land. Ever since Evergreen was settled, the four rock formations called Three Sisters and Brother have been landmarks, providing views of the Bear Creek Basin and Mount Evans. More than 10 miles of trail lead hikers around the Three Sisters and up to Brother. Ponderosa Sisters Loop is a great way to take a cursory look at this mountain park.
Evergreen, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
The Lake Perimeter Trail at Barr Lake offers a rare opportunity to explore a major prairie reservoir in Colorado. The lake is lined with cottonwoods, marshes, and aquatic plants. Its southern half has been designated as a wildlife refuge to shelter animals and birds, including the 350 species of birds that have been spotted here.
Denver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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Many of the hikes in Colorado Springs are great but also short and easy. At 6 miles and with a difficult rating, the Palmer Red Rock Loop is a break from the norm. The trail takes hikers on a loop in the foothills on the western edge of Colorado Springs. The first half of the loop ascends and the second half descends.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.72
The 2,500 acres of prime real estate that make up Bear Creek Lake Park have all the makings of an urban hideaway. Located in Lakewood, just southwest of Denver, Bear Creek Lake Park sits at the base of the foothills. Its grassy dam catches the waters of both Bear and Turkey creeks. Bear Creek Trail follows Bear Creek and winds through giant cottonwoods and across arid prairie without any telltale urban signs. Remote sounds from nearby roads are the only hint that civilization is close by.
Morrison, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.42
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Canyon Loop Trail is located in Boulder County’s historic Betasso Preserve, which was an 1870s mining and sawmill town. This wellmaintained hike is easy to find and close to Boulder. Half the trail traverses meadows with Douglas fir trees on north-facing slopes. The rest of the trail is shaded by ponderosa pines and lined with moss-covered boulders.
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Once part of the Blodgett Ranch, the Blodgett Peak Open Space area offers 167 acres of open space, trails, and wildlife habitat. The Water Tank Trail takes hikers along an old utility road and past unique geological rock features. Most of the land and rock formations are visible from numerous points around Colorado Springs. A pair of peregrine falcons was released at Eagle Peak, located north of Blodgett Peak.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Heil Valley Ranch has three trails and is part of Boulder’s North Foothills Open Space. The longest trail—and the trail featured here—is the Wapiti Trail combined with the Ponderosa Loop. You’ll travel through stands of ponderosa pines and open meadows full of prairie grasses and seasonal wildflowers. Heil Valley Ranch is an important winter range for elk that migrate from Indian Peaks Wilderness— the only herd of elk along the Front Range that migrate from the Continental Divide to the Great Plains. At the turn of the 20th century, elk were eliminated from Boulder County, but they were reintroduced by 1917.
Lyons, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
Mount Sanitas is a bolder Boulder hike, and access to its challenge is right in town. This hike is an obstacle course of boulders, log and rock steps, steep slabs, and rugged terrain. This is a hike not to be taken lightly, and it is less of a trail and more of a 45-degree free-climb up the side of the mountain. For a good portion of the ascent, the Sanitas Loop has hikers scrambling over boulders and up the side of the sharp sandstone ridges. Mount Sanitas is popular with trail runners, dog lovers, and locals.
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.36
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This trail winds southward along a riparian corridor and is highlighted by self-guided interpretive displays. The area offers seasonal viewings of the bobolink, for which the first portion of the trail was named, and other ground nesting birds. Although an urban hike, this trail is a peaceful outing with plenty of wildlife, history, and beauty. This area is popular with people using wheelchairs, especially sport-equipped chairs. There are no restroom facilities. Bikes are allowed on the initial part of the trail that is paved.
Denver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.68
The ponds (reclaimed gravel pits) now support a variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, songbirds, and mammals such as beavers, deer, muskrats, and red foxes. The hike around the ponds offers incredible views of the Indian Peaks. Interpretive nature signs along Cottonwood Marsh explain the history and geology of the area. This is a perfect family hike and a nice alternative for those needing accessible trails.
Denver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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Along the river and through the woods to a beautiful lake you go. This is an exceptional hike that pleases all the senses, from the thundering sound of water pouring from the dam to the sparkling ripples of the lake to the musky smell of shavings from the tree-thinning demonstration area. The variety of scenery, moderate pace, and longer length of this hike reward participants with a memorable outing.
Lyons, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.5
Castlewood Canyon is the northernmost portion of the Black Forest. Largely surrounded by grassland, the canyon is home to dam ruins. The Inner Canyon Loop takes hikers through a lush corridor where ponderosa pines thrive along Cherry Creek as it flows to Denver. Castlewood Canyon State Park has 12 miles of hiking trails, including the handicap-accessible Canyon View Nature Trail.
Franktown, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area, tagged as the jewel of the high plains, is an excellent and rare example of how the Colorado Front Range looked before it was settled. The rolling terrain, wetlands, and grasslands support a variety of plants and animals. Cathy Fromme, who passed away in 1992, was a local advocate for citizen involvement and environmental protection. She served on the Fort Collins City Council in 1991 and 1992.
Fort Collins, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
For the first-time visitor, as well as the native Boulderite, this is the perfect place to test your hiking mettle, with a serious elevation gain rewarded with a glimpse of the beautiful Chautauqua Park surroundings. Chautauqua Park lies on the southwestern edge of Boulder and is comprised of a park, cottages, auditorium, mountain park, and miles of mountain hiking trails.
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.46
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The Little Scraggy Trail features 11.48 miles of Colorado’s landmark 475-mile-long Colorado Trail and part of Colorado Trail Segment 3. This winding, wooded trail has great views and rock formations. Hikers encounter a naturally smooth trail surface that is easy to navigate. This moderate hike will not leave you the least bit scraggy.
Pine, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.48
Deer Creek Canyon has a good mix and 12.2 miles of multiuse trails, but the hiker-only options are what really attract pedestrians. This is a popular location, close to Denver with access all year, and it can be quite crowded with mountain bikes. No bikes are allowed on the Meadowlark Trail, where hikers can enjoy a gradual climb, sunny exposure, southern views of Denver, and views of the Deer Creek Valley.
Littleton, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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Washington Park, known as Wash Park to locals, is an urban haven for fitness enthusiasts. Along with its proximity in the South Denver Park District, it is home to amazing facilities, National Historic Landmark park buildings, and an easy hike. Take in this hike on an early weekend morning and then treat yourself to a stroll through the beautiful neighborhoods that surround Wash Park. A rating of the overall environs of the hike and what to expect in terms of plant life, wildlife, streams, and historic buildings. EXPOSURE A quick check of how much sun you can expect on your shoulders during the hike. Descriptors used include terms such as “shady,” “exposed,” and “sunny.”
Glendale, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Glendale Farm Trail sits in a region called Happy Canyon. So think of this as a happy hike. It’s a great first-time hike for kids or novices because of the short length and easy navigation. No shade means that the midsummer heat can be unbearable. Douglas County Open Space does an amazing job on these new trails. They are usually complete with benches and picnic tables placed along the way. Color information and history brochures are available at the trailhead.
Parker, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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The Greenland Trail, within roughly 3,000 acres of Greenland Open Space, winds through rolling grasslands, a pond, scrub oaks, and pine forests. This scenic hike is right off of I-25 and offers easy access.
Larkspur, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
Eldorado Springs Trail is blessed with sunshine all year. Southern exposure makes this trail suitable for all seasons. Eldorado Canyon is world-famous for its rock climbing, and a multitude of climbers can be seen on the steep red rocks neighboring this trail. Occasionally, if the timing is right, you’ll see trains traveling through the canyon. The trail can be a bit difficult but is broken up by flat sections that give it a more moderate rating.
Eldorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.68
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