Day tripping is all about Denver on this post.
Fall is a great time to hike and see the Aspens changing color. We love the way the trails change through the seasons. And we love the ease of a day hike!
1.) Hanging Lake
The trail is only about a mile long, but due to the steep incline you should allow around 2 hours to reach your destination. Along the way you will come across a hidden waterfall called Spouting Rock. With the crystal clear turquoise lake and lush over-hanging garden at the top, it’s easy to see why people come to catch a glimpse of this awe-inspiring beauty.
2.) Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon
Horseshoe trail is the ideal spot to escape the city. It winds along a bed of babbling streams, guides you through well shaded Aspen groves and out into spacious meadows. This is a wonderful 4 mile hike perfect for experienced and non-experienced hikers alike. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is located about 30 minutes outside of Denver and offers some of the best mountain views close to the city.
3.) Royal Arch Trail at Chautauqua Park
Chautauqua Park is the most impressive of all the local Boulder hiking systems. After a quick drop into Blue Bell Canyon, the trail begins the steep climb through conifer forests up to a beautiful sandstone arch. Once at the top, the staggering views of the flatiron rock structures and the city of Boulder below are unmatched.
4.) Calypso Cascades at Rocky Mountain National Park
This moderate hike has several destinations on the way to the top. Beginning at the Wild Basin trail head, this trail will take you past the Copeland Falls to Calypso Cascades. Thanks to a log bridge, you can stand right in the middle to experience the full force of Cony Creek.
5.) Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks Park
The best part of this trail is that it is gorgeous year round! Hiking this easy, 1.5 mile loop will take you around 10 of the park’s majestic red rock formations giving you stunning views of Denver and beyond.
Thanks to Mara Calomino and Denver Real Estate News: http://www.denverrealestate.com/blog/2015/07/5-best-day-hikes-near-denver/
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