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Three Amazing Colorado Hiking Experiences

Posted by Nathan Miller on Oct 10, 2016 10:33:35 AM

    

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Everyone knows that one of the biggest reasons to visit Colorado is for all of the amazing hiking options. In this article I will be focusing on three of my favorite hiking spots and how to prepare for each one.

 

 

Mountain Lion Loop
Distance: 7.9 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Start Elevation: 7,739’
Top Elevation: 9,106’
Closest Town: Golden

This is a great trail for someone making their first trip that wants a challenge but doesn’t want to feel overwhelmed. My first trip here was great and I have been back many times. It is full of beautiful views and some challenging climbs. Be prepared for some traffic though as dogs, bikes, and horses are allowed on this trail. My favorite time to hike here is in the fall when the colors start to change. For a full trail description click here.

What to bring: Good hiking shoes/boots, a light jacket or sweater, sport sunglasses, hydration pack or water bottle, some snacks, and an up to date trail map.

 

 

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Distance: 8.6 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Start Elevation: 9,475’
Top Elevation: 12,332’
Closest Town: Estes Park

I love this trail because of the diversity of terrain. It’s the perfect mix of forest trail and open tundra. The trails are very well maintained and easy to follow. If you have never been here before I suggest getting a good amount of moderate level hikes under your belt beforehand. Be ready to get your heart rate up quickly as the trail rises fast for the first mile of the hike. The best time to hike here is during the summer months. Sure it gets hot and can be very fatiguing, but the beautiful summer skies make for some amazing views. For a full trail description click here.

What to bring: Good hiking shoes/boots, sport sunglasses, hydration pack or water bottle, some snacks, and an up to date trail map.

 

 

Bear Lake Trailhead: Five Lake Loop
Distance: 12.5 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Start Elevation: 9,475’
Top Elevation: 10,662’
Closest Town: Estes Park

This trail is a linked combination of well-managed trails including Bear Lake, Lake Helene, Odessa Lake, Fern Lake, and Cub Lake. This trail can be very challenging from a navigation stand point, but the lakes trails and beautiful walks through the forest make it all worth it. With the aforementioned, beautiful forests and lake views, makes this a great fall trail. I’d say perfect timing for this would be late fall and early October. You get the great colors but it’s still warm enough to enjoy a hike at any time of the day. For a full trail description click here.

What to bring: Good hiking shoes/boots, light jacket or sweater, sport sunglasses, hydration pack or water bottle, some snacks, and an up to date trail map.

 

Now, I want to remind you all that hiking is not only a great activity for exercise, but a great bonding trip for families, couples, and friends.  That being said it is important to be prepared and understand what you are getting into. Some good sport sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the sun, branches, dirt, and many other hazards.

 

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Topics: Sunglasses, Hiking