Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder  by Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug

Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder Guide Book

by Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder  by Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug
Hikers in the Denver and Boulder area, rejoice! Within about an hour’s drive, you can experience every facet of hiking in Colorado except western canyon country. From open prairies to old ranches preserved as parks in the foothills, to crystal clear mountain streams and lakes, you can select a terrain and hike length to suit you on any given day. With such beautiful public lands so close, you have no excuse to stay at home. Time to take a hike!

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

As you walk up the Arapaho Glacier Trail past treeline, a spectacular sight unfolds before your eyes. Jagged peaks on the spine of the Continental Divide suddenly appear above the rounded curve of the ...
Nederland, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.6
The Beaver Brook Trail travels like a roller coaster through a variety of ecosystems and interesting rocky sections. Starting in Genesee Park on the west, the trail drops 840 feet to Beaver Brook in a ...
Golden, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.8
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Wander through tallgrass and mixed-grass prairie where cattle still graze, then hike up into the foothills thick with vegetation, in view of spectacular rock formations. In spring, the wild?owers and ...
Boulder, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.8
Deer Creek Canyon Park is a close-to-home escape for residents of the south Denver metro area. With Plymouth Mountain and Bill Couch Mountain separated by Plymouth Creek, the hike winds through both o ...
Littleton, CO - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
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Constant surprises and interesting twists occur along this trail as it climbs up toward Ralston Roost and then drops through an aspen forest and flower-filled meadows. Backcountry sites offer a close- ...
Golden, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
Twist and turn up and down along the pleasant Blackmer Loop on the toe of Cheyenne Mountain. After passing a group of car-size boulders, you’ll come upon one with a ponderosa pine growing out of it. T ...
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.7
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The nonmotorized Buchanan Pass Trail 910 takes you gently uphill through thick forest north of Middle Saint Vrain Creek and into high meadows with beautiful vistas of the Continental Divide. This hike ...
Lyons, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
The trails of Caribou Ranch Open Space not only wind through excellent wildlife habitat, but also take you on a historic journey into the mining era of the 1870s, past an old homestead, and along a sc ...
Nederland, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4.6
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This beautiful ?gure-8 hike drops down to Cherry Creek and the remains of the Castlewood Dam, which provided water for irrigation and recreation for over forty years. The dam broke in 1933, leaving ta ...
Franktown, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
“Wow!!” comes to mind as a ?tting description for this popular hike! The trail winds up through lodgepole pine forest, then climbs through limber pines and krummholz to the alpine tundra. On clear day ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.6
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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area opened to the public in 2006, with new trails added in 2007. Starting in prairie between a hogback and Green Ridge (the beginning of the foothills), the hike follows the Vall ...
Loveland, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.4
Hike up and down hogbacks and along the distinctive Devil’s Backbone rock formation, experiencing the interesting geology ?rsthand. The area’s human history is explained on several interpretive signs ...
Loveland, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.4
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With a little luck, you might see a golden eagle soaring above Rabbit Mountain, looking for a tasty lunch. The cli?s of Rabbit Mountain are one of the few places in Boulder County where the magni?cent ...
Lyons, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
At 8,830 feet and surrounded by granitic boulders, ledges, and cli?s, Gem Lake is a small gem of a rain-?lled lake with no inlet or outlet. The trail travels along south-and east-facing slopes, wander ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.5
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This short but steep trail is good training for those aspiring to climb higher mountains. For others, the view of Boulder and the eastern plains beyond is worth the e?ort. Plus there’s a great view of ...
Boulder, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
The old wagon road (nonmotorized) to the 7:30 Mine climbs steadily above Silver Plume, past relics of the silver boom of the 1880s. Bristlecone pines, lodgepole pines, and aspens line the trail. After ...
Silver Plume, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.7
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The popular hike to Herman Lake starts on an old sawmill road through thick forest. The trail then wanders through ?elds of colorful wild?owers, with spectacular views of the Continental Divide. Mos ...
Dillon, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.7
Starting at an old homestead, this trail takes you over Cherry Creek and then through a great example of shortgrass prairie before heading up the mesa. You wander through a juniper ecosystem with some ...
Castle Rock, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.9
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Several hiking options allow you to explore the peaceful and quiet remains of different farms and ranches in Homestead Meadows National Historic District (including one with a sunken bathtub!). Old re ...
Estes Park, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.9
Mount Goliath Natural Area contains subalpine and alpine ecosystems along Mount Evans Road. The M. Walter Pesman Trail winds and climbs through an ancient bristle-cone pine forest (some trees are over ...
Evergreen, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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