Length: 5.6 miles round trip
Why we love it: A leg-pumping climb up “The Wall” along a well-built trail that alternates between lush forest and open views of the red rocks and the plains to the east.
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-...
November 10 2015, 8:00 AM
Why we love it: Moderate hiking, biking, and winter trails through thick stands of quaking aspen and lodgepole pines in a former ranch just off U.S. 285.
When to go: Now, for golden aspens; in winter, for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; in late spring, to see the forest spring back to life...
September 22 2015, 12:05 PM
The view of North Table Mountain from the Belcher Hill Trail.
Why we love it: Easy access, varied terrain, and tremendous views down to the plains make this loop a perennial favorite.
When to go: Early or late in the day to avoid the crowds.
This 6.5-mile-long "lollipop" loop explores the southeastern part of White Ranch Park, part of the...
May 5 2015, 12:45 PM
—Courtesy of Visit Golden
It may be mud season in the high country, but in the foothills of Golden, the trails are primed for the influx of hikers, bikers, climbers, and horseback riders who flock to the area in the spring. While only a short 25-minute drive from Denver, a visit to Golden is a necessary escape from city...
April 22 2015, 3:01 PM
Why we love it: A unique weekend alternating-use schedule allows hikers and bikers to enjoy this loop’s panoramic views into Clear Creek Canyon and peaceful stretches of backcountry without bumping into one another.
When to go: Spring through autumn, when the shadier sections are clear of...
April 21 2015, 11:00 AM
Why we love it: Stunning views of downtown Denver from South Table Mountain’s precipitous eastern edge, with some fascinating geology along the way.
When to go: An hour before sunrise, to watch dawn’s first light shine on the city—and the Front Range.
The nearly 2.5-mile-long...
February 3 2015, 5:30 PM
—Image courtesy of Shutterstock
Why we love it: Quick access from Denver makes for an easy getaway.
When to go: In the morning; the rocks get hot by midday.
Years ago, Jennie Dorris, a fellow writer, asked me for a suggestion for a hot hike. This may seem like an unusual request; people are normally looking...
August 6 2014, 2:00 PM
You're next, JeffCo.
Lang Sias pulled off to the side of the road. He was less than a mile from the offices of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners in Windsor, and the state senate candidate was conflicted. The RMGO candidate survey, which he intended to deliver in person, sat on his passenger seat. After pausing for almost...
June 12 2014, 12:45 PM