"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 outrageously beautiful mountain passes, a stretch along the Continental Divide Trail with all-over views, and three lakes strung out along the hike like pearls, each offering a number of great campsites.
Add in some plump hillsides glowing with colorful wildflowers and this wilderness is a beauty indeed, but it is also heavily used due to proximity to swelling population centers along the Front Range. Camping requires permits, and a late start, especially on weekends, will guarantee some additional mileage just hiking to the trailhead from a distant parking place. So choose a beautiful weekday, get here early, and discover why this area is such a Colorado gem."