Take a Hike: Six Trails to Hike this Summer

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Take a Hike: Six Trails to Hike this Summer

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Colorado. Our trails attracts tourists and locals alike to put their endurance to the test while seeking some of the most majestic sights Mother Nature has to offer. There are are hundreds of spaces to explore for hikers of all skill levels. So what are you waiting for? Grab your boots, water bottle, and favorite hiking buddy and  check out these six hikes that are sure to take your breath away with their views and inclines.

See the Flatirons up close and personal in Boulder.

Chautauqua Trail in Boulder

  • Distance: 2.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Located at the base of the famous Flatirons, this trailhead has various out and back routes that will get you up close and personal with the striking rock formations that helped put Boulder on the map. The First and Second Flatiron Hike trails will take you through a sunny meadow of wildflowers before leading you into the forest, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection. Click here to learn more about the trail. 

 

Emerald Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Best

  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

This is one of the most popular hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park thanks to the trail’s final destination, which is the gorgeous Emerald Lake. On this trail, you’ll enjoy views of alpine terrain, the sparkling lake, and plenty of wildflowers. Due to this trail’s popularity, you may need to to consider using the free park shuttle to reach the trailhead during the peak season. Click here to learn more about the trail. 

Put your legs and lungs to the test at the Manitou Springs Incline

 

Mount Bierstadt near Idaho Springs

  • Distance: 7.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Mt. Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s 58 peaks that reach over 14,000 feet above sea level. Because of its “14er” designation, this mountain is a popular destination for those who want to conquer Colorado’s tallest summits. Over the course of this 7.8 mile out-and-back hike, you’ll climb 2,765 feet in elevation. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks for long haul of a hike. Click here to learn more about the trail. 

 

The Incline in Manitou Springs

  • Distance:
  • Difficulty: Difficult

For those looking for a physical and mental challenge, the Manitou Incline is the hike for you. This set of stairs climbs 2,000 vertical feet to the top. And once you reach the top you get to trot down another three-mile trail back to the bottom. Please be advised that taking on the “Incline” is a commitment as the going down the stairs is not advised. Click here to learn more about the trail. 

Marvel at nature’s beauty and power at Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride.

 

Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride

  • Distance: 1.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Make the hike to see Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall.  Once you reach the waterfall, you will notice a building sitting atop the rushing water. This is a historic power plant that was originally built in 1907.  Click here to learn more about the trail. 

 

Upper Westside in Crested Butte

  • Distance: 10.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Grab your backpack and your dog before hitting the Upper Westside to Crested Butte. This is a heavily trafficked out-and-back trail that takes you to the summit of Mt. Crested Butte for incredible views. Plan your visit between April and October to see wildflowers, wildlife, birds, and more. Click here to learn more about the trail. 

 

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