Best Loop Hikes Colorado  by Steve Johnson & David Weinstein

Best Loop Hikes Colorado Guide Book

by Steve Johnson & David Weinstein (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Loop Hikes Colorado  by Steve Johnson & David Weinstein
Looking for a short, easy stroll, or a challenging multi-day trek? Longing for solitude, or trails that are kid-friendly? How about an ambitious full-day scramble with a high fourteener along the way? You’ll find all these and more in Loop Hikes: Colorado. This is no-repeat scenery at its finest – no retracing your steps or shuttling a car to trail’s end. Wandering in circles has never been so much fun! Regions represented include Front Range, Central Mountains, Southwest Mountains, Western Slope and Canyonlands, Northern Mountains, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Trails from the "Best Loop Hikes Colorado" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

Deep in the mountains of Italy, Riva Ridge posed a formidable line of defense for Mount Belvedere, a major German stronghold during World War II. One night in February 1945, American soldiers scaled t ...
Mitchell, CO - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 7.3
This is an excellent hike in Lory State Park in the foothills west of Fort Collins. Lory, one of forty Colorado state parks, includes more than 2400 acres of diverse terrain providing 20 miles of trai ...
Bellvue, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
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Relating his views of honking geese at his Wisconsin farm, Aldo Leopold said, “ . . . and in this annual barter of food for light, and winter warmth for summer solitude, the whole continent receives a ...
Denver, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.8
Colorado’s Front Range, extending nearly the entire distance between the state’s borders north and south, offers a wonderful prelude to the rugged peaks of the higher mountains farther west. Arid slop ...
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
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Here is a fun hike in the 27,000-acre Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area. Rugged mountains, an incredible diversity of plant and animal life, and a beautiful rushing creek highlight this loop. The tra ...
Adelaide, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
Bear Lake is one of the most popular destinations in Rocky Mountain National Park, and big crowds pour into the area by the busload. We typically avoid this type of scene at all costs, but the scenery ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
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This gentle and fun loop is located in the Boulder Valley Ranch open space north of town. Extremely popular among Boulder’s fittest, these trails are packed with runners, bikers, and horseback riders. ...
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
In the 1840s, settlers moved into the present-day site of Golden Gate Canyon State Park in search of gold, but it was some 6 miles southwest in Blackhawk and Central City where the gold was to be foun ...
Golden, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
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This short hike is close to Boulder, but tucked far enough west to offer seclusion. Located in the Betasso Preserve, home to a wide variety of plant and animal life and age-old geological formations, ...
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Mueller State Park boasts more than 55 miles of trails laced throughout its 5000 acres of rolling woods and meadows. With the immense west face of Pikes Peak as a backdrop, hikers can get way out ther ...
Midland, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 12
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This is one of the shorter hikes in the book, but the setting is so exquisite it is difficult to even begin walking. The view right at the trailhead is one of the most unforgettable in Colorado. Aft ...
Snowmass Village, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
This hike takes place in the gorgeous Winter Park–Fraser Valley area. With high-alpine views and densely walled stands of lodgepole pine nestled below the Vasquez and Byers Peak Wilderness Areas, this ...
Fraser, CO - Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 7
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The unmistakable Devils Backbone on the outskirts of Loveland is a unique geologic treasure in Colorado. Impressive even from a distance, this row of vertical rocks is best seen up close to truly appr ...
Loveland, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
On the extreme western side of Colorado, there is a primeval desert land of astounding beauty. With painted canyon walls, massive columns of rock, and open red valleys dotted green with sage, juniper, ...
Fruita, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
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The Indian Peaks Wilderness Area northwest of Denver is one of the most popular in the state, and this loop is a big reason why. Hikers can look forward to two long, verdant valleys, a couple of outra ...
Eldora, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.7
Long summer days in Colorado are made to order for outdoor enthusiasts, with a lot of sun and reliable weather for exploring our favorite hideaways. And the lingering evenings entertain us with warm, ...
Red Feather Lakes, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space program has done a tremendous job of preserving area lands from the relentless crush of sprawl that is devouring the Front Range. Nearly 70,000 acres have been se ...
Longmont, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
This one has it all. Damp, dark underbellies of lush pine forests, open, soft expanses of aspen groves, and unobstructed views of some of Colorado’s gnarliest peaks, all nestled in the Eagles Nest Wil ...
Heeney, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.3
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At the far eastern fringe of the bustling college town of Fort Collins, the Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center (ELC) offers more than 200 acres of forest, wetlands, a scenic river ...
Arrowhead, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
Here is a short and scenic loop in Alderfer/Three Sisters Park. Located in Jefferson County Open Space near the scenic town of Evergreen, and easily accessible from Denver, too, this hike provides a n ...
Evergreen, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
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