If you’ve never hiked before these beginner trails will get you hooked.
Have you been nervous to start hiking? These trails will ease your fears.
Thinking you’d hate hiking? Try a trail and decide if hiking is for you.
Getting into Colorado’s backcountry is easy peasy with the right trail for beginners and we’ve hiked some great beginner trails to share ….
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Lower Cataract Trail – Heeney, CO
An absolutely stunning 2.5 mile beginner trail that takes you around an alpine lake with views of the Gore Range, Lower Cataract Lake Trail. This hike won’t disappoint even a seasoned hiker. Aspens in fall, abundant wildflowers in summer and snow covered trails in winter, it’s a year round perfect beginner trail. Located north of Silverthorne, CO, off of Hwy 9, just outside of Green Mountain Reservoir.
Blue Lakes Trail – Breckenridge, CO
Hike above timberline on this short, yet exhilarating trail. Blue Lakes Trail will be beyond your expectations, above timberline where Mother Nature is obviously in charge. Wind blown twisted dwarfed pines, tundra, and steep rocky slopes surround an amazingly blue lake. Marmots, pika mouse and mountain goats greet you as you arrive. Easy to get to on Hwy 9 (Hoosier Pass) Turn onto Blue Lakes Rd (CR850) for 2.2 miles.
Mayflower Gulch Trail – Summit County, CO
A favorite hike of ours, Mayflower Gulch Trail takes you to some of the most stunning scenery in Colorado. We hike this trail every year in every season and have never been disappointed. The Trailhead is easy to find 6 miles past Copper Mtn Ski Area on Fremont Pass towards the town of Leadville. Hiking in summer or snowshoeing in winter it’s the perfect beginner hike. Beautiful alpine setting sitting just under the Ten Mile Range above timberline.
Limber Grove Trail – Fairplay, CO
Head off the beaten path onto CR 18 off of 285 just south of Fairplay, CO and find one of Colorado’s most unusual hikes. Limber Grove Trail is a forest of Bristlecone and Limber pines. Want something different, hiking through these twisted old trees is for you.
Stretch your legs on your next road trip and stop here!
A GENTILE REMINDER: Venturing off trails damages vegetation, leads to erosion and impacts wildlife.
Inter-Laken Trail – Twin Lakes, CO
The views and hike along Twin Lakes might get you excited to do more hikes! Inter-Laken Trail rolls gently up and down along the lakeshore with views of Mt. Elbert peeking through a forest of tall Aspen trees. Sound beautiful? It’s stunning. But that’s not all, after hiking 2.4 miles you come upon the preserved 1879 historic resort. Open for you to explore on your own. You’ll be here awhile. Located between Buena Vista, CO and Leadville, CO.
Canyon Rim Trail – Canyon City, CO
Easy Peasy trail with stunning views of the Royal Gorge below make Canyon Rim Trail a must do if near Canyon City, CO. Hike along the rim on a new trail system just before the Royal Gorge Bridge Park and see the Gorge in its natural setting. Go in late fall when the weather is still warm yet the crowds have gone.
Bring your camera!
I just got a new camera for hiking and I love it. It’s small, easy to use and takes brilliant pictures! The Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless digital camera.
Three Lakes Trail – Somerset, CO
Three Lakes Trail on Kebler Pass about 16 miles from Crested Butte is colorful Colorado. 3 alpine lakes, a waterfall, wildflowers, aspens, pines … it’s all here. Easy hiking on one of Colorado’s most beautiful passes.
A hike to remember and to get completely hooked on hiking.
Lost Lake Trail – Cottonwood Pass, CO
Want an easy hike above Timberline? Hike to a captivating alpine lake on Lost Lake Trail just before the summit of Cottonwood Pass. Sitting just under the Continental Divide you will be mesmerized. The trail starts gentle but certainly not a stroll as you have slight inclines at the end but the rewards above timberline are worth the extra effort.
Bridgeport Trail – Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
Last but certainly not least… Bridgeport Trail. One of our favorite hikes. Located on the Western Slope in the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Red canyon walls, cottonwood trees, the gunnison river, finding cacti everywhere, and petrographs are just some of the reasons we love this trail. It’s so peaceful and quiet.
The only way to see it is to hike in.
If you hike or have hiked any of these trails, I’d love to hear how it went for you, drop me a comment.
… hope to see you on the trails!
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