Colorado Front Range is a mega of hiking trails. If you don’t like the deep snow that covers the high altitude trails in springtime, then these trails will keep you ready for the more challenging trails when the milder weather returns at high altitude in the summer months.

There are numerous trails on the front range that get your adrenaline up with minimal snow in the springtime months. I thought I’d share a few favorites with you. Of course, all these trails are a plus in any season!

 

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Carpenter’s Peak Trail – Littleton, CO

SENSATIONAL IN WINTER & SPRINGTIME

Carpenter’s Peak Trail is a favorite hike located in Roxborough State Park. Winter and spring months find minimal crowds and sensational snow-capped rocks to hike through as you enter into beautiful forests while hiking to the highest peak in the park. In spring any conditions are always in play, snow, ice, and mud. However, it’s warmer and very pleasant in late spring as the snow disappears and the trails clear. READ MORE …

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6.4 mile out & back

Rated: strenuous

Fee: $10 per car or annual pass $80.

Visitor Center/restrooms

Roxborough State Park 

No dogs, camping, mountain bikes, horses, rock climbing, fires

Family Friendly

 

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Eldorado Canyon Trail – Eldorado Springs, CO

A GEM IN THE FOOTHILLS

Eldorado Canyon State Park is small yet so big is its rugged mountain beauty. Located near Boulder, CO in the town of Eldorado Springs you don’t have to go far to experience scenic mountain trails. Eldorado Canyon Trail within the park is one of the more challenging trails. Highly recommend it in winter and spring for a sweet workout and pleasant hiking experience. READ MORE …

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Eldorado Canyon Trail

7.5 miles out and back

Rated: moderate

Add 7 more miles with Walker Ranch Loop

Fee: $10 per vehicle, $4 for walk-in, or purchase $80 annual permit.

Restrooms at Trailhead

Open to dogs on leash

Nearest Town: Boulder, CO

More information: Eldorado Canyon State Park

Trail Map

No camping – Park is open Sunrise to Sunset

Vehicle entry is denied when parking capacity is reached. No public parking nearby.

 

Elk Meadow Park – Evergreen, CO

VIEWING ELK HERDS ARE POSSIBLE HERE!

A hiking area that wins my heart. First took my kids here when they were young and hiked to Bergen Peak. They thought they did Everest! The trail experiences here are diverse and can be anything you desire from easier loop hikes to an option for a 4.7-mile difficult hike with a 2,100-foot elevation gain from the trailhead to 9,708-foot Bergen Peak.

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14.7 trail miles to choose from

Restrooms at trailheads

2 Trailhead locations

Open to dogs on leash, bikes

More information: Jefferson County Open Space

 

 

 

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Eagle’s View Trail – Conifer, CO

SWEEPING VIEWS OF PIKES PEAK & BEYOND

Eagle’s View Trail located in Renoylds Park Open Space is a complete surprise when reaching the top of the loop. Unexpected gorgeous views of Colorado’s famous Pikes Peak and along the Rampart Range are incredible. Hiking Reynolds Park Open Space is a perfect get outside and enjoy nature day. Just enough uphill to get the muscles & heart pumped or easier trails for a gentle stroll. All with the added bonus of lush forests and views. Was totally unexpected how truly beautiful this area is. READ MORE …

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4.2.mile loop

Rated: moderate

Start elevation: 7200 ft

Elevation gain: approx: 1,082

Dog friendly

Family-friendly

Nearest town: Conifer, CO

Restrooms

Large parking area

 


 

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Hidden Treasure Trail – Blackhawk, CO

HIKE TO THE SUMMIT FOR THE VIEWS

Hidden Treasure Trailhead is a new 12-mile long recreational trail system for hiking, running, and mountain biking on Maryland Mountain northwest of Blackhawk, CO. Looking to get out for a couple of hours hiking this is perfect. Several of the trails are designated “hikers only”. This entire area is a work in progress and you will find that going farther down the Tram Track there are more options for seeing old mine relics and mills, a waterfall, and another trail to the summit. READ MORE …

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12 miles of trails

easy to strenuous

Trails marked “hiker only”

Trails marked “bikes only”

Family-friendly

Vault Toilets

 

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Waterton Canyon – Littleton, CO

HIKE, BIKE, RUN

Waterton Canyon is an area for anyone who enjoys simply a day outside. A winding dirt road along the South Platte River is mesmerizing as you go deeper into the canyon walls. Spotting Bighorn sheep, mule deer or even an eagle soaring above is one of its highlights. So many options that you can make this simply a short hike in and have a picnic or go all the way to the end and have a 12.4-mile out and back. Hiking, biking, and fishing have brought all ages here to spend the day. READ MORE …

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12.4 mile out and back

Rated: easy

Perfect spot for families

Not much shade – bring suncreen & water!

Great bike ride

No dogs allowed – to protect wildlife

Popular for fishing

No camping

Free parking

Restroom

 


 

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Red Rock Canyon – Colorado Springs, CO

TRAILS FROM GENTLE TO HEART PUMPING!

When you think of hiking Colorado, you think of pines, trees, mountains. Those are local favorites but if in Colorado Springs this area is a marvel. A mini “Garden of the Gods” without the hustle-bustle of people and cars. To see it from the road you simply drive by without a glance, but DON’T, it’s worth a venture in…

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Open dawn til dusk

Open to dogs, bikes, horses

Off leash area for dogs

Free parking

Porta Potties

CLICK HERE for a Map of Trails

 

Manitou Incline – Manitou Springs, CO

BEST ALL AROUND FOR GETTING IN SHAPE

I have a love-hate relationship with this hike! Manitou Incline is 2,744 steps and not for the faint of heart. It climbs over 2,000 vertical feet in less than a mile with sections as steep as 68% grade. Popular and strenuous it is a beautiful 3-mile hike back down Barr Trail. Reservations needed: Manitou Incline Reservations

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Rated: Intense

Free

Reservations needed (during COVID)

Parking Info: click here

Shuttle running again Aug 2021

 

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Caribou Range Open Space – Nederland, CO

EASY TRAILS FOR HIKING BOOTS, & SNOWSHOES

You will be surprised when hiking Caribou Ranch Open Space how much history is located within its boundaries. A loop trail takes you past the historic DeLonde Homestead and the famous Blue Bird Mine from the late 1880s. History buffs will love this and if you are just wanting a day out and hike through meadows, trees and take in the views, this is perfect too. Something for everyone. READ MORE …

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Caribou Ranch Open Space– about 4 miles of trails.

Rated: easy

Nearest town: Nederland, CO

Day use only

No pets, bikes, camping, open fires

Restroom, picnic tables at trailhead

Closed: the months of April, May, June

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Palmer Trail Loop, Manitou Springs, CO

A LOCAL FAVORITE

Palmer Trail Loop/Section 16 Trailhead at Red Rock Canyon Open Space is one of my favorite hikes in Colorado Springs. Problem is, it’s everyone’s! Can be crowded so get here early in the morning. A terrific workout with exceptional views and scenic settings. If possible hike here in late fall, winter, and early spring.

For a great map of this area try Pocket Pal Trail Maps 

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5.7 mile loop 

Rated: moderate

No restroom at trailhead

Limited parking

Come early

 

Staunton State Park, Pine, CO

MILES OF TRAILS & ALL AMAZING

Staunton State Park has so many trails options you could come here for several weekends. Offers a hike to Elk Falls (12 miles) Mason Trail to 3 overlooks (11 miles) and so many other ways to create your own trail adventures. 

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Map of Trails

Open year round

Staunton State Park website

Nearest town: Conifer, CO

Open to leashed dogs, horses, bikes

Fishing ponds, geocaching, camping

Junior Ranger program

There are numerous trails and several State Parks that line the front range of Colorado with options for beginner to avid hikers. It’s impossible to name them all but the ones listed are local favorites and now will be yours!

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