While it may feel as though the summer is coming to a close, there is still plenty of time to explore our area’s hiking trails before the first snowflakes start to fall. There are great hikes all over our state, ranging from peaceful walks through towering aspen trees to challenging inclines up steep rocky mountains.
We’ve compiled advice from our outdoor-loving and knowledgeable brokers, sharing with you some of their picks for the best hikes around Colorado:
Three Sisters trail out of Evergreen! Gorgeous views, amazing rock formations, suitable for anyone! Stop in at Beaujo’s pizza after and sit on the creek!
I don’t usually hike, but I mountain bike on a lot of hiking trails. I’d have to go with Elk Meadow Open Space and the Bergen Peak Trail. Good views along the way and killer views at the top. You can see 4 14ers from the top and 1 more along the way back down. It’s reasonably close to town, lying between Bergen Park and Evergreen.
Mount Falcon – Great views of the city, an interesting hike with elements of the history of the land and fun for all ages.
West Maroon Pass between Aspen and Crested Butte. 12 mile hike with great views of Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak, incredible during wild flower season.
Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail to Blue Bird Lake is fabulous. Not for the faint of heart, 6 mile hike with a 2400 ft elevation gain. Blue Bird Lake is a former reservoir featuring excellent wildflower displays. Reminds me of my childhood.
Any of the Chautauqua trails in Boulder.
Hanging lake – fun hike up, and amazingly beautiful at the top!
Lots of great hiking in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and only an hour or less from Denver. Beautiful Aspen glades and low altitude, so especially good in Spring and Fall, when the high country is iffy.
So now, with this expert advice, be sure to head out and explore the beautiful terrain we are so fortunate to have nearby!
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