Heading into the remote Lost Creek Wilderness area on the Brookside-McCurdy Trail. Photos by Katie Hearsum
Length: Approximately 33 miles total; about 8 miles to meet the Colorado Trail
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Why we love it: A discrete trailhead offering access to the Lost Creek Wilderness, the Colorado Trail, and Kenosha Pass
When to go: Year-round
Dogs: Must be leashed...
March 28 2017, 10:51 AM
South Boulder Peak's rocky summit has 360-degree views from the Great Plains to the snow-covered Continental Divide. Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 7.5 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: This hike has it all—a steady grade with great Flatirons views followed by a leg-pumping climb up a shady, forested canyon to a rocky summit with awesome panoramic views.
When to go: Mid-spring or late fall with Yaktrax; late...
March 22 2017, 3:00 PM
Photo by Emma Murray
Length: 5.3 miles
Why we love it: Quick access from Boulder, but tucked away from more trafficked trails
When to go: All year, but you might need Yaktrax (or similar) if there's been recent snow
Restrooms: Available at the picnic area, .3 miles south on the trail
March 14 2017, 3:30 PM
A skier plunges down Aspen Mountain's iconic race course. Photo courtesy of Lindsy Fortier / Aspen Skiing Company
For the first time in 20 years, the final competitions of the prestigious FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, the International Ski Federation’s premier alpine skiing circuit, will be held in the United States. And it’s happening right here in Colorado.
From March 15–19, Aspen Mountain will...
March 9 2017, 3:35 PM
A hiker enjoys the Two Brands Trail in JeffCo's Hildebrand Ranch Park. Photo by Terri Cook
Length: 4.8 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: Though never far from civilization, this gentle loop has nice views and a peaceful sense of solitude
When to go: Any time of year, although it’s best to hike on cooler days, due to a lack of shade
Restrooms: Outhouse at the trailhead...
March 8 2017, 11:00 AM
The slopes at Winter Park. Photo by Sarah Boyum
With a moniker that refers to both a mountain town as well as a stellar ski resort, Winter Park has been a quietly favored destination of outdoor enthusiasts for years. The surrounding Fraser Valley boasts 600 miles of multi-use trails, two national forests, plenty of lakes and reservoirs, and...
March 7 2017, 2:00 PM
Courtesy of David Taschner
After several years of negotiations between Boulder officials and the slacklining community, a new City Manager’s Rule now permits the outdoor activity in eight city parks, using the support of designated trees.
Slacklining, or traversing a piece of webbing fixed between two trees, was...
February 23 2017, 12:00 PM
Skiers enjoying Snow Mountain Ranch's 120 kilometers of Nordic trails. Photo by Terri Cook
Tired of I-70 traffic and long lift lines? Instead of heading back to the resorts this weekend, try exploring some of Colorado’s beautiful backcountry the old-fashioned way: by strapping on snowshoes or clipping into cross-country skis. Before you head out, be sure to check the current ...
February 23 2017, 10:00 AM