Where are good places to hike? We want to climb Mount Elbert in the summer but we need to start small first.
We like button rock. Its in Lyons north of boulder. Its about 7 miles round trip and pretty easy to start with. DH and I love it :)
Sarah remind me where you are at in CO?
DH and I both hike and climb - so if you need a tour guide up one of the bigger hills let us know :) Sometimes my girlfriends and I get together and tackle one of the easier (class I, II) 14er's. . . you're welcome to join us!
For hiking to work your way up to that, the Boulder flatirons are fun, easy, and easily modified to your day (only have 45 minutes? Take a short loop. Have all day? Keep going!). The only thing is they tend to be crowded on weekends.
In Golden, Apex park is a nice hike without all the driving to get to it - in the summer it's FULL of mountain bikes (ugh) but now it's really quiet and peaceful and you can get some great views of Denver. Take your boots: it gets sloppy.
Also Golden Gate Canyon/White Ranch. Check out Mount Galbraith - that's a great loop hike with awesome views and generally peaceful, plus no mtn. bikes :)
If you're up North, head up to highway 34 in Loveland (West). Devils Backbone has some great hiking, and then go up the canyon to find Round Mountain (another great hike). All the way West will land you in Estes Park. . .Rocky Mountain National park there has ooodles of great hikes (grab a map and ask a ranger).
Fort Collins has a ton of great hikes near Horsetooth reservoir (head up there and check with a ranger/get a map)
If I think of more I'll let you know - but tell us what part of CO you are in. :)
Mountain Bride- we would love to meet up and hike some time! I would just be scared to slow you guys down ;) Hiking is definitely not my specialty.
We live in Aurora on Alameda and Chambers. I was reading about all the hiking in boulder and it sounds great it just stinks that its a pretty long drive :( Is there anything closer to us?
We should all get together and have a couples hike this summer! It'd be so much fun! Sarah, DH and I aren't really hikers either and we are SO outta shape, but we could all start off slow!
Only thing that will slow me down is if I'm pregnant this summer, but I can hang! lol
Yeah that would be great! A GTG hike :) Ahhhh lets plan it!
YES! This is gonna be fun!
Hahaha I love that idea! Yes - we should plan some hikes - once it warms up a bit would be really nice so we can get a big group going.
So. . .I keep meaning to ask DH about hiking in Aurora - he's the master at knowing where to go :)
If you go South on 225 you can get to Cherry Creek State park
Or you can head over to Highlands Ranch/Littleton? They have Chatfield reservoir and tons of recreation around there :)
I want to hike to Hanging Lake just outside of Glenwood Springs.
That's gorgeous! How long of a hike is that?
This is my favorite place, Button Rock
So where is a nice place to hike for everyone? Once it gets warmer of course :) and could we bring our pets?
It would be awesome if we could bring our pets! I have two cocker spaniels! Well where does everyone live? I live in the Boulder area, but have no problem traveling south to the goldenish region to meet everyone!
Hanging Lake=AMAZING. I highly recommend! Go on a weekday if you can, it can get crowded on the weekends! I don't know the length in miles, but it takes us about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to climb up... Take a picnic to eat by the lake; you won't regret it!
In NoCo, I recommend the tried-and-true Arthur's Rock (Lory State Park) and Horsetooth Mountain. Both are moderate climbs and the view from Horsetooth is incredible. Also Gray's Peak is fun when it's warmer out! Ditto, MountainBride, Devil's Backbone is great.
Argh...this post makes me miss my Colorado summer!!!
I live in Highlands Ranch... Let's seriously plan a trip up to Hanging Lake in June or something!!
Lets do hanging lake girls! Sounds beautiful! The end of June would be perfect.
Hanging Lake is located in Glenwood Canyon, about 7 miles east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The lake is reached via a trailhead located near I-70 in the bottom of the canyon. The trail follows Dead Horse Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River.
Early tales of the discovery of the lake tells of a man searching for gold in the canyon when the Colorado River was called the Grand River. The man found a dead horse at the opening of a gulch (the possible origin of Dead Horse Gulch). When he followed the gulch up through the steep hillside through the canyon he came around the backside of the lake. This is how he first saw the small bowl-like basin hanging onto the cliffs below.
In the years following the area served as a homestead, and a private family retreat until it was purchased by Glenwood Springs after the Taylor Bill was passed by Congress in 1910.
Following the purchase it began its long history as a public tourist stop, and later during the 1940's hosted a resort and cafe until the construction of Interstate-70 began in 1968.
In 1972 the trail and the lake were returned to the protection of the Forest Service and has been an increasingly popular tourist destination since.
The fragile shoreline of Hanging Lake is composed of travertine, created when dissolved limestone from the Mississippian aged Leadville Formation (through which the Dead Horse Creek flows) is deposited on rocks and logs, creating travertine layers.
The oils from human skin help to speed along the erosion of the travertine so it is suggested that hikers not wade in the water in an effort to help preserve the lake for future generations.
For similar Travertine influenced scenery in Europe see Plitvice Lakes National Park which is a World Heritage Site, .
The Hanging Lake trail begins at the end of the bike path which begins at the Hanging Lake Rest Stop (Exit 125 on I-70 EASTBOUND ACCESS ONLY. Visitors coming from Denver must exit at MP 121 and turn around). The bike trail is approximately 1/2 mile in length.
From there, it is a 1.2 mile climb in what the Park Service calls a "difficult" trail. Hikers are advised to bring enough water (minimum one liter per hiker is advised, additional on hotter days). The trail is quite steep in some areas areas and requires hikers to traverse very rocky areas. There are very few level spots on the trail.
You can hike pretty much any month, Sarah. We usually end up going in the winter more.... (don't even have snowshoes anymore!). For 14ers, def July/Aug/Sept, so the snow is melted.. (we're goaling to hike Longs Peak in Sept)
We LOVE tons of trails up the Poudre canyon, west of Ft Collins.... there's Gray Rock (3.5 miles one way, incline of 2k' i think), Dadd Gluch (uber flat, along a valley, so pretty), South Fork Poudre (along the river, up a canyon, GORGEOUS)...
There's Devils Backbone (west of Loveland)....
<--lower dadd gulch
There's TONS around estes park!
Gem Lake (2.5 miles one way, elevation gain of like 3k'!); it's STUNNING!!
One of my favs is in Rocky Mtn Natl Park: Hallett Peak trail, past bear lake, etc.
<-winter, summer, don't matter!
I agree about Hanging Rock - one of my favorite, easier hikes ever!
Personally, I like going just about anywhere and I think I have at least 5 "hiking in CO" books and such, especially the dog ones.
Not that I dont' love hiking/snowshoeing in winter, but this makes me want to go camping!
Ohhhh pretty! Yey JUNE!
Check out chautauqua in Boulder. It's a great place if you just looking to do some hiking on a whim. Garden of the Gods is pretty cool its about 1 1/2 hours south in CO springs. I would totally second Hanging Lakes. It's a harder hike but once you get to the top it makes it worth it. It's spectacular. You can really go hiking anytime of year here, it's all about how motivated you are. :) Have fun and be safe!