The Perfect Pair

Four calf-burning, lung-busting, heart-pumping hikes and the summer brews that make them worthwhile.

May 2009

A hiker can burn upward of 400 calories* an hour trekking through the Front Range—which means that your early-morning wake-up call and grueling five-mile hike have left you with a free afternoon and nearly 1,000 calories to replenish. Don't let them go to waste. Pair these four local hiking workouts with stops at some of the area's breweries—and a couple of pints of beer—for some (mostly) guilt-free imbibing.

*Based on average weight and height of a 35-year-old who hikes at a rate of two miles per hour.