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We've now officially entered summer -- and while every season is a great one to enjoy Colorado, the warm weather is the perfect excuse to hit the trail. With that in mind, we've collected this list of the best Colorado hikes, with picks close to town or a drive away culled from our Best of Denver archive. Check out our top ten below, so that next time someone tells you to take a hike, you'll know some great places to go!

Alderfer/Three Sisters Park

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Hikes need not be relegated to weekends and vacations. What better way to de-stress after a long workday than by taking in a sunset on a brisk scenic walk? Alderfer/Three Sisters Park is close enough to get to in forty minutes and far enough to feel like an escape from the city. Part of the Jefferson County Open Space program, it's anchored by the rock formations known as the Three Sisters and The Brother, which overlook Bear Creek Basin. The park boasts over ten miles of trails, with most in the half- to two-mile range. Sisters, which weaves through large boulders for just over a mile, is the most strenuous. But keep your eyes open and leave the iPod at home, because it's a popular trail for mountain bikers, too.

Best After-Work Hike, Best of Denver 2008

Herman Gulch

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Herman Gulch, just off I-70 at Exit 218, can sometimes have a clutter of cars at the trailhead, but don't worry: These are similar sorts seeking a quickie escape. And what an escape it is. Once you get beyond the cars -- and out of earshot of the Ski Way, which is only about a mile from the gulch -- all hikers will hear is the sound of a running stream and the birds. Bring a lunch to fend off a grumbling stomach while taking in the views of a pristine lake. The round-trip trek takes only a few hours, but it can seem like a getaway. If it's still not far enough, more determined hikers can take a fork at Jones Pass toward the Continental Divide.

Best Quickie Mountain Hike, Best of Denver 2005

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onelovelola
onelovelola

Yikes, Westword! You should have let a true outdoorsman write the article; a conversant Colorado hiker could easily list a hundred hikes more brilliant and representative of Colorado than these...


Sean Nallen
Sean Nallen

Is this the 10 best walks or hikes ?

akryeguy
akryeguy

You left off half the state. Has anyone there hiked San Carlos Trail 1320 and found the granite arch there? Zapata Falls? Music Pass? Moon Pass? Been to Beulah?

James Richardson
James Richardson

Should really be renamed top 10 Front Range Hikes; forgetting RMNP, Steamboat, Aspen, Vail. Glenwood Canyon, Telluride, Lake City, Pagosa to just name a few.

sballardo672
sballardo672

TWO PER PAGE??? Seriously? You need the clicks for advert bucks, huh?  Jack wagons!


Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson

Spike Jordan has a sore spot for one of the most beautiful hiking places in the world?

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson

Elk Mountain Dog Offleash Area/Open Space in Evergreen

Chad Church
Chad Church

Haven't done Hanging Lake yet, but Silver Dollar Lake is nice and a lot closer, the third lake is above the tree line and fishing with the clouds is pretty cool....until the inevitable freak lightning storm chases you out of there!!

Rachel Medina
Rachel Medina

Seriously let's go every weekend if possible! We need to go camping. Would you be down for my bday?

Chris Heller
Chris Heller

That is secret as it must be but I'll give a hint: It's nowhere near the Front Range or I-70.

Sharon Roseann
Sharon Roseann

I really like the Flatirons, but I think Royal Arch is still closed due to damage from last year's flooding. There are lots of other trails to explore there!

David Barton
David Barton

10 best in CO? More like best within an hour of Denver! Westwood authors need to venture out, apparently. How about Hanging Lake, top of the Sand Dunes, Harper's Corner, Devil's Causeway, etc. etc., just to scratch the surface?

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Herman's Gulch and Butler Gulch.

Carmen Wong
Carmen Wong

Delshaun McRae gonna hit em all in the next three years!

Robert Hack
Robert Hack

I'm not telling you so then you won't go there and you won't bring all your loud and annoying friends

Mimi James
Mimi James

Michael Copeland...have fun (without me please lol)

Dwayne Washko
Dwayne Washko

erik climbing everest though! ! nothing is impossible

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