Here is a sneak peek into our favorite easy trails that are guaranteed to get you loving hiking. 

All offer up Colorado outdoors in amazing ways and we’ve loved all of them. If new to hiking or to Colorado or an avid hiker there is one for you… or 2 or 3 or… all of them!

 

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Inter-Laken Trail 

WANDER THROUGH A HISTORIC RESORT!

Need an easy trail with stunning views in Colorado’s high country? Sitting at the base of Independence Pass in Twin Lakes, Inter-Laken Trail rolls gently up and down right alongside one of Colorado’s most beautiful lakes. Upon hiking about 2.4 miles you will find the remains of the historic “Inter-Laken Resort” built-in 1879 which is remarkable!

Inter-Laken Trail is perfect for families, a great beginner trail, a perfect snowshoe trail, a trail to show off Colorado to visitors, and a nice hike to acclimate to the altitude before hitting higher trails.

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Rated: easy

4.7 miles out and back

Start Elevation: 9,272 ft. minimal gain

No restrooms at trailhead

Popular for: hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback, fishing and trail running

Open year round

Nearest Towns: Twin Lakes, Leadville, Buena Vista

Part of the Colorado Trail/Collegiate West Trail

San Isabel National Forest

 

 

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Mayflower Gulch Trail 

WE HAVE AN OBSESSION WITH THIS HIKE! 

Mayflower Gulch Trail is an awesome adventure in any season. An easy uphill mile tops out at what some call the Mayflower Amphitheater with its surrounding views of Mayflower Hill (elevation 12,389 ft), Pacific Peak (elevation 13,950 ft) and Fletcher Mountain (elevation 13,951 ft). Stunning! You can explore here or keep going on several trail options leading in all directions!

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Boston Mine Camp, 1.8 mile, starts at 10,994 ft., ends at 11,980 ft.

Gold Hill and across top: approx: 4 miles out and back

Gold Crest Mine Site: approx: 3 miles out and back

No restrooms at trailhead

Rated: easy to moderate 

Open to: hiking, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, dogs, mountain bikes

Kid Friendly

Located in: Arapaho National Forest 

SNOWSHOEING IS MAGICAL HERE: Mayflower Gulch Trail – in winter! Great beginner snowshoe trail.

 


 

 

Lily Pad Lakes Trail 

THIS TRAIL IS A GEM! 

HIke into the forest and deeper into magical lush greens, tall lodgepole pines, and crossing small trickles of water crisscrossing on the path. An unexpected surprise when reaching the lakes. Flowering Lily pads cover the surface of the lake. Take every social trail you can find and wander around both lakes. Abundant wildflowers and birdsong greet you in summer.

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3.2 miles out and back

Rated: easy

Trail # 50

Start elevation: 9,928 ft. 

End elevation: 10,009 ft.

Open to leashed dogs & horses

Bikes not allowed

Fishing is permitted in the second lake with valid Colorado fishing license

Eagles Nest Wilderness, White River National Forest – for camping information

Dillon Ranger District – 970-468-5400, for the latest trail & weather conditions 

Nearest Town: Silverthorne & Frisco

 

 

 

 

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Loveland Lakes Trail 

A LOT OF “WOW” ON THIS SHORT HIKE! 

Hiking around Loveland Lakes is easy peasy with 3 alpine lakes and views that are breathless. One of the best areas to experience what other hikers spend hours getting to above timberline. Perfect for the non-hiker who wants to see wildflowers, alpine tundra, and experience the amazing views that always comes with being above the treeline.

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Rated: easy

0.8 mile out and back

Trail #9044

Elevation: Above 11,000 ft.

No Restrooms

Dog friendly

Family friendly

 

 

 

Judd Falls Trail

A HIKE YOU WON’T FORGET! 

Judd Falls is a hike for all levels and if new to hiking, you’ll soon be hooked on finding more trails! Wander through fields of wildflowers in summer and towering Aspens in fall to an impressive waterfall cascading down a narrow slot canyon far below. 

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Rated: easy to moderate

2.2 miles out and back from parking lot

Start Elevation: 9,600 ft. Gain 300 ft.

Family friendly

June – October: Best months

Gunnison National Forest

Nearest Towns: Crested Butte, Gunnison

Free Shuttle to Trailhead in the summer months

Popular Event: Crested Butte’s Annual Wildflower Festival

 



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Lower Cataract Lake Trail

A LOCAL FAVORITE FOR SNOWSHOEING TOO! 

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the unexpected beauty surrounding you on the trail. Hike around Lower Cataract Lake in thick Aspen grooves and eventually leading into a dense spruce-fir forest where in season a waterfall greets you. This is one of our favorite casual day hikes, perfect beginner hike, or snowshoe trek.

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2.5-mile loop

Rated: easy

Trail # 57

Family and dog friendly

Open to: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Fishing

Start Elevation: 8,652’ Minimal elevation gain

Restrooms

Eagles Nest Wilderness

White River National Forest

 

 

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Three Lakes Trail

AN EASY HIKE ON KEBLER PASS! 

3 stunning alpine lakes and a waterfall on a rolling trail through wildflowers, aspens, and pines.So close to the tree line, yet perfect for seasoned or newbie hikers. Sporadic views of Ruby Range & Beckwith Mountain were stunning, yet you’ll find that Dollar & Lost Lake are the highlights!

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4.7 mile loop

Trail #843

Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

Start elevation: 9,612 ft

Rated: easy/moderate

Open to hiking and horseback

Facts on Kebler Pass

Nearest towns: Crested Butte, Paonia

Dispersed camping

 

 

 

 

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Bridgeport Trail

FINd PETROGLYPHS!

Off the beaten path doesn’t even begin to explain the unsurpassed beauty and solitude of Colorado’s Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. If you haven’t discovered Colorado’s high desert on the western slope, start here! 

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TIDBITS – Bridgepoint Trail – Big Dominguez Canyon

7-14 miles out and back

Rated: easy/moderate

2 miles from Trailhead to access Dominguez Canyon Wilderness

Approximate 2 miles from access to petroglyphs

Backpacking haven

No fresh drinking water

Family, dog & horseback friendly

Horse trailer parking

Minimal cell service

 

 

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Django Trail

UNSURPASSED VIEWS OF THE COLLEGIATE PEAKS! 

Django Trail and Fistful of Dollars Trail is a fun loop with stellar views of the Collegiate Peaks on every bend. Easy hiking through beautiful rock outcroppings, and pinon forest. You’ll stop often to take it all in. Close to the picturesque town of Buena Vista, it can be an easy all-day adventure. 

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Django Trail #6033

Fistful of Dollars Trai  #6034

Loop hike – 3.4 miles

Rated: slightly moderate

San Isabel National Forest

Nearest Town: Buena Vista  (known by locals as BV)

Located in the Four Mile Travel Management Area

 


 

 

Mini Mine Trail

EXCEPTIONAL IN FALL! 

Short but sweet hike with exceptional views of the mountain peaks while hiking through some of Colorado’s most historic remnants of mines. Even though rated moderate you will find this trail quite easy and the surrounding beauty will keep you going! In the fall this trail is known as the most colorful trail in Breckenridge.

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1.8-mile loop

Rated: moderate

Dog friendly

Family-friendly hiking and snowshoeing

Popular for mountain biking

Lots of history

Nearest Town: Breckenridge

Views of Breckenridge Ski Resort

Want to step it up a little? 3 Trails to get you started.

Browns Creek Falls – family friendly!

Native Lakes Trail – gets you above tree line!

Chief Mountain Trail – perfect beginner summit hike!

Hoping one of these hikes makes it to your list of hikes to do! Guaranteed to make you happy and excited to do more trails. Have questions, need help, or simply want to share your hiking adventures leave a comment below. Love to hear from you. 

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