Summer means many things to Coloradans but especially the opportunity to explore the magnificent trails and outdoor areas the beautiful state has to offer. Many of us will find ourselves overwhelmed with the thousands of trails in our backyard and nervous to commit to a 15-mile hike. However, we’ve compiled a selection of some magnificent outdoor adventures in Colorado with trails for beginners and experienced hikers alike. If you’ve been cooped in the house this season, keep reading and discover where your next scenic enterprise awaits.
The first destination on our list is located near the beloved city of Boulder. Just a short drive past Chautauqua park takes you to the man made reservoir that sits 7,225 feet above sea level. This spot is unique as it is surrounded by the wondrous mountains and offers an array of activities such as hiking, fishing, boating and even camping. Gross reservoir offers around 7 miles of trails ranging from easy to intermediate. Trails are suited for mountain biking or just hiking and perfectly showcase the beauty of the area. Spend the day or even a few days here exploring the gorgeous area and let your inner outdoorsman soar.
Hermans Gulch Trail
Dust off your hiking shoes and check out Hermans Gulch trail. This trail is located 20 miles west of Idaho springs, ranging at around an hour drive from the city of Denver. The trail is intermediate in difficulty (5 mile round trip) and is enjoyed by hikers and even horseback riders in summer months. After 2 and a half miles the views of the spectacularly gorgeous Herman’s Lake awaits at the top of the trail. Add this hike to your bucket list and see some epic views of the Rocky Mountains!
Carpenter Peak in Roxborough State Park
The last but certainly not least hike on our list is the Carpenter Peak trail located in the magical area of Roxborough State Park. Roxborough is infamous for its natural red rock formations and serene nature. Carpenter Peak hike is special to the area as it takes you 3.1 miles up to a summit with jaw-dropping 360 views. These views include a look at red rock formations, the city of Denver, past Denver to the eastern plains, and of course, views of the snow-capped Rockies. Located near Littleton, this hike is a bit more strenuous than previously mentioned hikes totaling around 6.2 miles round trip. However, the views are enough to make this hike feel like a quick walk once you’ve reached the top!
Although hiking in Colorado during the summer months isn’t necessarily a groundbreaking idea, it is still a good one. Take advantage of the special beauty Colorado has to offer and even get a little exercise in by checking out any of these areas. This list is of course not an exhaustive one but it is a jumping-off point to exploring Colorful Colorado.