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Denver Area Hikes

Denver is one of the premier cities in the country for hiking enthusiasts. Situated just east of the Rocky Mountains, it offers access to a plethora of outstanding day hiking adventures.

Keep in mind that the further in the mountains you go, the more beautiful the views will likely be. Since Colorado weather is famously erratic, monitor the weather and turn back if thunderstorms seem imminent as lightning is especially dangerous at high elevations.

Photo: Mitchell Lake from Blue Lake Trail

Best Denver Waterfall Hikes

Black Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park (2 hours from Denver)

Elk Creek Falls Trail at Staunton State Park (50 minutes from Denver)

Best Denver Wildflower Hikes

Shrine Ridge Trail (1 hour 40 minutes from Denver)

Herman Gulch Trail (1 hour from Denver)

Best Denver Lake Hikes

Fern Lake & Cub Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park (2 hours from Denver)

Chicago Lakes Trail (1 hour from Denver)

Blue Lake Trail (1 hour 30 minutes from Denver)

Best Denver 14er

Mt. Bierstadt Trail (1 hour 15 minutes from Denver)

Best Denver Fall Colors Hikes

Kenosha Pass Trail (1 hour 20 minutes from Denver)

Roxborough State Park Trails (45 minutes from Denver)

Best Denver Foothill Hikes

Royal Arch Trail (35 minutes from Denver)

Apex Park/Enchanted Forest Trail (20 minutes from Denver)

All Denver Hikes

Below I’ve created a list of hikes within 30 minutes, 1 hour, and 2 hours of Denver – ranked by the splendor of their scenery.

30 minutes from Denver

  1. Roxborough State Park Trails
  2. Royal Arch Trail
  3. 1st & 2nd Flatirons Trail
  4. Alderfer/Three Sisters Park Trails
  5. Apex Park/Enchanted Forest Trail
  6. Mt. Falcon Trail
  7. North Table Mountain Trail
  8. White Ranch Trail
  9. Red Rocks Trail
  10. South Valley Park Trails
  11. Chimney Gulch Trail

1 hour from Denver

  1. Chicago Lakes Trail
  2. Herman Gulch Trail
  3. Elk Creek Falls Trail at Staunton State Park
  4. St. Mary’s Glacier Trail
  5. Walker Ranch Trail
  6. Burro Trail at Golden Gate Canyon
  7. Castlewood Canyon Loop Trail

1.5-2 hours from Denver

  1. Fern Lake & Cub Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park
  2. Black Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park
  3. Blue Lake Trail
  4. Kenosha Pass Trail
  5. Shrine Ridge Trail
  6. Crystal Lake Trail
  7. Mt. Bierstadt Trail (14er)
  8. Lost Lake Trail
  9. Lake Isabelle & Isabelle Glacier Trail
  10. Crater Lakes Trail
  11. Lily Pad Lake Trail

 

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