Four calf-burning, lung-busting, heart-pumping hikes and the summer brews that make them worthwhile.
Lion Gulch Trail and Oscar Blues
The Hike Lion Gulch Trail to Homestead Meadows
You'll gain 1,300 feet on the Lion Gulch Trail, but the ascent is broken up with gentle switchbacks, including 10 stream crossings. Eventually, you will emerge from the thick canopy of pine and spruce trees into a grass meadow. When the trail forks, head right and follow signs to the Sarah Walker homestead and the Meadow Loop-Sawmill Trail. You'll pass the ruins of several homesteads on your tour before the loop dumps you back on the main trail. Return the way you came. (Near Lyons: Take U.S. Highway 36 through Lyons and continue for 13 miles. The trailhead is at a gravel parking lot on the left.)
The Effort 8.3 miles = 1,648 (men) and 1,303 (women) approximate calories burned
The Reward Oskar Blues mastered big beers long ago, but this summer OB debuts the lighter Mama's Little Yella Pils. It's hands-down the best pilsner we've ever had. Buy a pint at the Lyons' headquarters—you've earned it. Calories: 160 per 12 ounces. 303 Main St., Lyons; 303-823-6685