26 SWEET HIKES OF 2023!

Each trail has a unique beauty, and I am thrilled to share them with you. I’m positive one or two, or even all, will grab your heart and lead you to explore our beautiful state. Trails are one of the best ways to grasp Colorado’s beauty. It is one of the most memorable places you can hike.

WINTER HIKES

Winter is a magical time to hike, and most trails are easily accessible with only microspikes at the high elevations. Not always are snowshoes needed. It has become one of our favorite times to hike. Get outside in winter! Six trails we loved!

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Sally Barber Trail

Breckenridge, CO

Sallie Barber Trail is one of the prettiest trails we’ve hiked in snow. First time hiking in the snow? Only 3 miles out and back, the historic Sally Barber Mine as a destination is fantastic for beginners and families. 

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Inter-Laken Trail

Twin Lakes, CO

Inter-Laken Trail is an all-season beautiful trek alongside glacier-carved alpine Twin Lakes that takes your breath away. The added destination to the historic late 1800s Inter-Laken Resort makes for an adventurous day. Perfect for families and avid hikers alike.

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Butler Gulch Trail

Near Empire, CO

Snowshoeing Butcher Gulch was blissful, frosty, and glorious. A beautiful blanket of deep snow covered everything. The deeper into the forest you go, the more you know winter hiking is for you! 

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Browns Creek Falls Trail

Between Salida and Buena Vista, CO

Browns Creek Falls Trail is finding a mind-blowing frozen waterfall deep in the canyons. The trek is full of views, snow-laden forests, sparkling snow field meadows, and snow-covered bridges — a sensational winter hike with unsurpassed beauty.

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Chief Mountain Trail

Idaho Springs, CO – Evergreen, CO

Summit hike perfect for beginners, Chief Mountain is a climb right from the start for 1.5 miles while gaining 1000 ft in elevation — 360-degree views at the summit rival those of Colorado’s 14ers.

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Winter is a season of unpredictable weather and trail conditions. However, it is a magical time to hike in Colorado and a time not to miss!

Being prepared makes all the difference to make it an enjoyable and safe experience. > Winter Dy Hiking Tip & Gear

First and foremost check the weather before hitting the trail. If it’s obvious the day is treacherous, stay home. It may appear nice and friendly when you begin your hike but don’t be misled. It changes in minutes in every area of Colorado.

ALWAYS check for avalanche warnings. They can happen in nice weather too. >  Colorado Avalanche Information Center

PATAGONIA has a Nano Puff Vest and a Nano Puff Jacket I have owned for years and carry with me year-round in Colorado’s High Country. Warm, lightweight, packable, and comfortable. The vest is my most prized possession. I have all the colors. You will have your vest and jacket for years of hiking.

SPRINGTIME TRAILS

Colorado hikers are getting antsy in spring, waiting for the snow to melt at high elevations. It’s early June 2023, and we are still waiting! We found two hikes at higher elevations without much snow to keep us happy.

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Willow Creek Falls

Silverthorne, CO

Willow Creek Falls via South Willow Creek Trail is a peaceful trail through rich forests, the sounds of bubbling creeks, moose sightings, and a beautiful waterfall befriended by a Big Horn Sheep. 

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Lost Lake via Hessie Trailhead

Indian Peaks Wilderness

Indian Peaks Wilderness, near Nederland, CO, is a mecca of sensational hiking trails. Hessie Trailhead is a starting point for several hikes within Indian Peaks. Today’s adventure, Lost Lake, is a family-friendly trail for backpacking and day hiking.

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TWO BEST ALPINE LAKE HIKES SUMMER 2023

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Willow Lakes Trail

Silverthorne, CO

Willow Lakes, nestled high in the Gore Range surrounded by its jagged rugged peaks, is breathtaking — one of our favorite day hikes. It’s a grueling uphill, but the rewards are incredible. Popular weekend backpacking trail. 

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Lost Man Lake Trail

Independence Pass

Lost Man Trail is a Colorado gem! It is near the Summit of Independence Pass, a high alpine wonder with unstoppable views and two gorgeous alpine lakes — I can’t recommend it enough! 

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CRESTED BUTTE, CO

Known as the “Wildflower Capitol of Colorado” It lives up to its title: gorgeous trails in July of 2023

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Rustler Gulch Trail

Rustler Gulch Trail is a fantastic trek into meadows of wildflowers, spruce, and pine forests and ends above the timberline with panoramic mountain peak views and a waterfall. One hike I would do again and again, it’s sensational.

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Washington Gulch Trail

Washington Gulch trail is an alpine treat with wildflowers galore and peak views that left us in awe and often stopping to take it all in. Hiking near Crested Butte, CO, never disappoints. This trail is exceptional. 

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Scarp Ridge Trail

Scarp Ridge Trail endpoint is a remarkable 360-degree panoramic vista, including the Ruby Range and Paradise Divide. It is one of the most spectacular ridgeline views I’ve hiked after a short yet slightly grueling climb. 

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GRANBY/GRAND LAKE, CO

Quaint Mountain Towns surrounding drop-dead gorgeous scenery with abundant hiking and looking for a few days away? We love Granby and Grand Lake for adventure. Bring your paddleboard, too…

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Strawberry Lake Trail

Strawberry Lake Trail is a fairytale dream of lush forests, wildflowers, and stream crossings, towards stunning views when reaching Strawberry Lake. The drive to the trailhead is gorgeous, too.

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Cascade Falls Trail

Cascade Falls is a series of enchanting waterfalls that tumble over large boulders for hundreds of feet. Located in Grand Lake, CO, and part of Rocky Mountain National Park, it is magical. One of Colorado’s most spectacular waterfalls!

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Be aware of altitude sickness when hiking in the Colorado Mountains, at higher elevations. > Colorado High Altitude Hiking Effects and Advice

MEMORABLE HIKES 2023

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Piney Falls Trail

Vail, CO

Upper Piney Falls rushes down deep canyon walls 3 miles from Piney Lake on an easy yet rugged trail for anyone looking for a Colorado wilderness experience. Located at Piney River Ranch, a mountain retreat along the shores of Piney Lake nestled at the foot of the majestic Gore Range. 

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Twin Cones Peak via Second Creek Trail

Berthoud Pass

Twin Cone Peaks via Second Creek Trail is an incredibly scenic hike through forests of pines, a bubbling creek, an alpine hut, and across alpine tundra with incredible views. Now, it’s one of my favorite high-altitude treks!

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Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood Pass connects the town of Buena Vista in the east to the town of Almont in the west. Views from the summit show both sides of the Continental Divide — a scenic drive loaded with spectacular hiking trails. Just minutes from the summit is a Colorado favorite, Lost Lake Trail. Family-friendly.

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Woods Mountain via Watrous Gulch Trail

Near Bakerville, CO

Woods Mountain via Watrous Trail is packed with incredible 360-degree views — a beautiful hike on Watrous Trail, then eye-popping views on the push to Woods Mountain at 12,940′ elevation. It’s a beauty!

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Nightmare on Baldy to Historic Iowa Mill

Breckenridge, CO

Nightmare on Baldy in Breckenridge, CO, is known for mountain biking, yet hiking is an option and takes you deep in the forest to historic old mines, historic Iowa Mill, and incredible views.

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Hoosier Pass Loop

Summit Hoosier Pass

The Continental Divide Range in Colorado boasts mind-boggling views, and Hoosier Pass is an adventure in any season — glorious views when summer hiking. Also famous for winter backcountry snow sports, skiing, snowshoeing & snowboarding. 

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NEAR DENVER

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Tanglewood Trail

Bailey, CO

Tanglewood Trail is a woodsy adventure popping out above the tree line on the way to Roosevelt Reservoir in the Mt. Evans Wilderness. Across the tundra, several trail options give you the “make your own hike” easy. 

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Eagles View – Renoylds Park

Conifer, CO

Reynolds Park, Eagle’s View Trail, is a complete surprise, with incredible, unexpected, gorgeous views of Colorado’s famous Pikes Peak and along the Rampart Range. 

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Hells Hole Trail

Idaho Springs, CO

Hell’s Hole Trail is a forest that buzzes with life. Bird song fills the air with abundant wildflowers and lush greens; this hike is about being in the woods. 

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SOUTHWEST COLORADO

We traveled to the towns of Dolores and Cortez, CO, and enjoyed stunning fall colors, great trails, and beautiful autumn weather in October 2023

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Geyser Springs Trail

Geyser Springs Trail is a hidden gem located off the beaten path near Dunton Hot Springs in Southwest Colorado. One-of-a-kind hike featuring the only geyser in Colorado. We loved it; it will be one we will always remember! 

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MePhee Reservoir Overlook Trail

McPhee Reservoir Overlook Trail is miles of a rugged, cliffside trail with views along beautiful McPhee Reservoir, the 2nd largest reservoir in Colorado. The trail goes for miles. 

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Petroglyph Trail

Petroglyph Trail was a highlight of our time in Mesa Verde National Park — a rugged backcountry hike through deep canyon walls across rocky up-and-down terrain and a rock wall of petroglyphs. Fun and adventurous!

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