There’s something serene about walking on a path through the quiet woods, surrounded by tall aspens. As the echo of a gentle autumn breeze floats around you, it’s impossible not to relish in the beauty that is Colorado. For some, hitting the trails in Colorado is a way of life. For others, the journey through some of the state’s most gorgeous scenic areas has yet to be explored. The good news is, whether you are a Colorado resident or just visiting, fall is possibly the most beautiful time of year to take a hike and savor the warmth of the golds, yellows, and reds. For some of the best hikes to explore in Colorado, read on!
Mt. Bierstadt in Georgetown is stunning and has been dubbed as Colorado’s easiest fourteener! This trail is seven miles roundtrip and while dogs are allowed, some people have reported that the rocks and scrambling can be difficult for them to traverse. The trailhead is just over an hour outside of Denver and the peak is an amazing place to see the aspens.
Another leisurely option is Upper Piney River Falls Trail. Spread over 2.9 miles and leading to a cascading waterfall, this trail is commonly used as the approach to Mt. Powell, the highest summit in the Gore Range. This hike rewards its visitors with breathtaking views and the rushing waters of Piney River.
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The Dixon Trail at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a 15-mile round trip. Once you arrive at the top, the endless aspen meadow is a true spectacle. When you hike this trail, bring plenty of water and prepare for rapidly changing weather. Access to the park is $7 daily and because of the high elevation, you should check the forecast to avoid being caught in any severe weather.
In addition, the Lost Creek Wilderness Area is a hidden Colorado gem and its 130 miles of secluded trails beckons fall hikers. Your intimate experience with nature may include sightings of mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep and occasionally black bear, so keep your eyes out. Follow the trail around the bend to find slim rock walls and a spectacular mini canyon.
Among the sheer awesomeness of exploring the great Colorado outdoors, when you hike in autumn months, you’ll discover the infamous front range fall foliage — a phenomenon that anyone can appreciate. Whether you are a beginner or advanced hiker, there are so many places to take in all the Colorado scenic wonders and these locations are a great place to start. Simply choose your destination, plan accordingly and enjoy the magnificent journey!