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Hiking Colorado 2024

Most people say Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer! After this past weekend I think we can all agree to that sentiment! What did you all do while celebrating the military heroes that have fought and died for our country? Did you go to the pool, attend a BBQ or go on a hike? No matter what you did hopefully, you enjoyed the beauty of our state! 

In this post I have compiled a list of some great hikes to enjoy this summer with family, friends and your dog!

First let’s review quick hiking basics!

  • Start early and have a plan. Try to hike with friends, but if you’re alone be sure a loved one knows your plans.
  • Wear appropriate hiking clothes; use layers.
  • Always look at weather conditions before your hike!
  • Pack lots of water, energy bars, and a sandwich for the top if necessary; protein helps.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat.
  • Wear good hiking boots that support your ankles.
  • Leave no trace! Pack out, what you pack in!
  • If you see wildlife, stay calm and watch from a distance.
Blackmere Trail, Emerald Mountain, Steamboat

Hikes close to Denver:

Mount Galbraith Park – this is one of my favorite hikes close to Denver. The park is a great hiker-only destination just outside of Golden. The loop trail is 1.6 miles round trip, but it does get steep in places. The peak is 7,260 but offers breathtaking Front Range views! You hike up Table Mountain and you won’t be disappointed. The Park itself has almost 5 miles of trails to choose from and a spacious parking lot as well.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park – located only 30 miles from Denver in Golden and part of Jefferson County Parks and Rec, this beautiful park has over 35 miles of trails open all year long. One of the best and most popular hikes is the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook with stunning views of the Continental Divide spanning 100 miles!

Coyote Song Trail – Explore this 3.0-mile loop trail near Littleton, Colorado. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 hr to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, horseback riding, and walking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Coyote Song Trail, Littleton

Lair o’the Bear – Another great hiking destination in Jefferson County located on picturesque Bear Creek! Lair o’ the Bear Park is a favorite of Open Space visitors and families due to its abundance of picnic tables and proximity to Bear Creek for fishing. My family enjoys the Bruin Bluff Trail which overlooks the creek and is relatively easy for children.

Lisa @ Mt Massive – 2019

Hikes in the Mountains:

Uranium Mine Trail – This moderate 3-mile out and back hike is one of my favorites up in Steamboat! This is a popular hike with locals so lots of traffic and beautiful scenery including views of the Fish Creek Falls waterfall and a glimpse of the old mine entrance at the top!

Berry Picker – This is essentially the service road up Vail but an enjoyable hike in the summer with great views of the valley! What I like about this hike is you can go as far as you’d like or all the way. The full route is 7.9 miles and is considered challenging. You’ll see lots of hikers, bikers and birdwatchers!

Consider hiking a 14,000 foot Peak!

There are 53 Colorado mountain peaks that rise over 14,000 feet spread across 7 different mountain ranges scattered across our great state.

Easiest 14er Hikes:

https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/routeselector.php?diff=Class+1

  • Grays – North Slopes route
  • Pikes Peak – East Slopes route (you can also drive up to the summit of this mountain)
  • Quandary – East Ridge Route
  • Mt. Bross – East Slopes route
  • Mt. Elbert – East or Northeast ridge routes
  • Handies – Southwest Slopes route
  • San Luis Peak – Northeast and south ridge routes
          Joe and Joey on Mt. Huron Summit

Now go have an adventure!

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