COLORADO OUTDOOR HIKES: 10 Great Hikes Within 2 Hours of Denver

DENVER (KDVR) — Summer is here and hiking season is in full swing. With gas prices hovering around $5 a gallon on average, traveling somewhere to hike could get expensive fast.

We decided to put together a list of hikes that will take less than two hours to get to from Denver.

1. Mount Falcon Park

The Mount Falcon East Trailhead is located approximately 20 miles from Denver in Jefferson County. The 1.7 mile Turkey Trot Trail is for hiking only. Other trails in the park allow for multiple uses.

2. Lake Brainard

There are several hiking trails in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, about 85 miles from Denver. A trail that many hikers love is the Isabelle Glacier trail. The hike is 8.4 miles round trip.

3. Alderfer / Three Sisters Park

A popular hike about 30 miles from Denver is the Evergreen Mountain Trail loop at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park. It’s a 4.2 mile round trip hike.

4. Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park’s Four Lake Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile loop. The loop begins at the Bear Lake trailhead, just under two hours from Denver.

5. Red Rocks Park

Another great hike about 25 minutes from Denver is the Red Rocks to Dakota Trail loop. This is a 6.4 mile hike.

6. Guanella Pass

The Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trailhead is located on Guanella Pass Road, about an hour and 15 minutes from Denver. The scenic hike is 4.1 miles round trip.

7. Roxborough State Park

Roxborough State Park’s Carpenter Peak Trail is 6.5 miles round trip. The trailhead is located about 55 minutes from Denver.

8. Boulder Open Space

The Royal Arch Trail at Boulder Open Space is a popular destination for many hiking enthusiasts. The trailhead is located about 40 minutes from Denver. The hike is approximately 3.1 miles round trip.

9. North Cheyenne Canyon Park

The Seven Bridges Trail is located at North Cheyenne Canon Park, about an hour and 25 minutes from Denver. The hike is 3.5 miles round trip.

10. Spruce Mountain Open Space

The Spruce Mountain Trail is located about 45 minutes from Denver in the Spruce Mountain Open Space near Palmer Lake. The hike is a 5.5 mile loop.

And while you’re hiking, remember to leave no trace.

The “Leave No Trace” organization was created to protect the outdoors. It provides education, skills, research and science to help people care for the outdoors. A partnership with Leave No Trace and the Colorado Office of Tourism, here are the principles created for our state:

  • Know before you go
  • Stay on the trails
  • Leave it as you find it
  • Throw away the trash
  • Be careful with fire
  • Keep wildlife
  • Share trails and parks

You can check specific trail conditions and reports on All Trails.

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