Denver Hiking Clubs

Denver Hiking ClubsThe mile-high city of Denver may be a bustling metropolis, but outdoor recreation abounds. Surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains, local Denverites have a variety of top-notch hiking trails at their doorstep, from easy walks in the woods to rigorous climbs up some of Colorado's famed 14,000-footers. If you're looking to meet new hiking buddies or just want to meet up for a short day hike in the area, consider joining one of the city's popular hiking clubs.

Colorado Mountain Club

This hiking club, founded in 1912, is devoted to studying and promoting all aspects of the Colorado mountains and is a strong advocate for conservation and environmentalism. The club operates the American Mountaineering Center, with the second-largest library in the world devoted to mountaineering, a learning center for mountain-oriented education and a climbing wall. It also houses the American Alpine Club and Outward Bound, Wilderness. The club conducts a variety of classes, workshops and seminars covering a wide range of topics, including hiking, mapping, skiing, first aid, wild plants, geology and more. The club is organized into local groups, including a Denver chapter. The Denver club organizes several group hiking trips and multiday excursions throughout the year.

Denver Trail Heads

This grassroots hiking club in Denver, founded in 2006, has more than 7,000 members who meet up for a variety of hiking excursions, from short, after-work walks to climbs up to the summits of Colorado's 14,000-footers. The group also organizes snowshoeing and cross-country ski trips in the winter. Volunteer members organize hiking trips on a monthly basis, usually offering two per weekend. Look at the calendar, sign up for a trip and show up!

Happy Hikers Club

This online club, started in 1988, began as an outdoor skills class at the Women's School and Denver Free University. Today, the adults-only group organizes a variety of weekend hiking trips throughout the spring, summer and fall. In the winter, the group goes snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Most hikes are half-day or one-day outings and moderately challenging, averaging around four to eight miles. Each hike is organized and led by group leaders. The club publishes a quarterly hiking calendar describing the hikes, and members are asked to contact local leaders to sign up for trips. Groups typically meet at RTD Park-n-Ride lots throughout the city.

Article Written By Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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