Why we love it: A kid-friendly hike with two lakes and incredible views? Yes, it is possible.
When to go: This is definitely a well-traveled path, meaning that you should set your alarm early to avoid the crowds.
Now that I’m hiking with a little bambino, I appreciate treks...
August 6 2013, 11:10 AM
Why we love it: Colorado is landlocked, but the sand dunes make you feel like you’re on a beach.
When to go: Early morning. This summer, the park opens by 8:30 a.m.
As a gravity-phobe, I prefer hiking uphill to traveling down. But there’s one exception to that rule: The Great Sand...
July 9 2013, 1:09 PM
Why we love it: Gazing at Sky Pond is well worth the 4.5-mile haul to get there, but you don’t have to hoof it all the way to the end for rewarding views. Three distinct destinations break the hike into manageable chunks and offer perfect turn-around points for trekkers not ready to commit to the...
June 25 2013, 3:10 PM
Why we love it: The views.
When to go: The park opens at 6 a.m. Be there at 6:01 a.m. to avoid the crowds.
It was a rookie mistake. Having just moved to Colorado and on a whim, we decided to camp along the Poudre River. No reservations. On a Friday night. We drove…and drove…...
June 19 2013, 8:35 AM
The first time I hiked the Manitou Incline—a one-mile, 2,000-foot climb up an abandoned railway at the foot of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs—my trapezius muscles were sore for days afterwards. Not my thighs, knees, or butt, as expected, but the muscles between my shoulders and my neck, as if my...
April 26 2013, 12:50 PM
Why we love it: Panoramic views of the Front Range, but very close to Boulder.
When to go: Anytime—there isn't a bad time of the year to tackle this trek.
In 1859, Marshall Mesa—5.5 miles south of downtown Boulder—was the site of Colorado Territory’s first coal discovery. The...
April 16 2013, 9:07 AM
Why we love it: It is a history lesson and a get-out-of-the-house opportunity in one.
When to go: Go during mud season when much of the High Country is just too soaked for solid hiking. This trek is more likely to have dried up early in the season. (Throw your Yaktraxs in your...
March 19 2013, 9:00 AM
Why we love it: Because it’s truly a challenge—and victory is especially sweet after three previous attempts. Plus, the sunrise is spectacular.
When to go: August is the best, and July and September are feasible if the weather gods are smiling, but you’re more likely to encounter snow and...
August 14 2012, 1:59 PM