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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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29 comments
Mimi James
Mimi James

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

Dwayne Washko
Dwayne Washko

erik climbing everest though! ! nothing is impossible

Wesley Tunks
Wesley Tunks

Maybe true but I still could subscribe to McKenna's "stoned ape" theory.

Chris Civils
Chris Civils

I would have to disagree except Herman's is nice but crowded.

Rachel Norkin
Rachel Norkin

Brenda Yamen - Here's a good checklist. I like the Three Sisters one for a weekend some time soon!

David Entremont
David Entremont

And it should be mentioned most of these are the best hikes within a short drive from Denver.

Rik Armstrong
Rik Armstrong

"We've now officially entered summer..." Maybe I'm mistaken, but wasn't Friday the 21st the first day of Spring? I do not think 'officially' means what you think it means.

JeXica Elliott
JeXica Elliott

Lauren Szymecko sooooooooooooooooo soooooooooooooooooo

Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

Golden Gate Canyon was a favorite of mine; though, I experienced some listed, over time, and appreciate the updated list, here. Hoping w/ the busy ones, especially, that they are respected by visitors & not being littered (pet peeve of mine when I go to the "hills".

Alissa Smalls
Alissa Smalls

REALLY surprised Hanging Lakes isn't on this list. I think that's one of the premiere hikes in CO.

daveybessette
daveybessette

What non-hiker did you task with writing this article? Horrible, just horrible.

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