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Shun the traffic on I-70 and tackle the Frisco to Vail thru hike. Image courtesy of To see pictures of all the hikes listed here, visit

Winter Dreaming: 6 Hikes We Can’t Wait to Try This Summer

It may be the middle of winter, but that doesn't mean we can't start planning our summertime treks. Here, six hikes to get you wishing for the warmer days ahead. 


Don’t be fooled: These unseasonably warm February temperatures aren’t going to last. And even though we’ve spotted hints of spring (a blooming crocus!), we won’t be able to tackle our favorite summertime hikes until the days get much longer.

That can’t stop us from daydreaming though, which is why we called Dave Levy, a prolific hiker and publisher of, a hub for all things hiking. We asked him to pick the hikes he can’t stop thinking about, even when it is 25 degrees and snowing. Here, six of his “can’t wait to get out” hikes, which won’t cure cabin fever, but will at least get you thinking summery thoughts.


1. 4 Pass Loop | 26.8 miles

2. Frisco to Vail Thru Hike | 13.55 miles (one-way)

3. Missouri Pass/Fancy Pass Loop | 8.8 miles

4. Mt. Ida | 9.6 miles (roundtrip)

5. Stone Lake | 12.3 Miles (roundtrip)

6. High Lonesome/Devils Thumb Loop | 14.75 miles (roundtrip)

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