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Arapaho Pass Trail (east side) Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail climbs out of the 4th of July Campground to the Arapaho Pass where it connects with the Caribou Pass Trail.
Bard Creek Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This is a one-way trail if followed through to the Herman Gulch Trailhead. It is recommended to park a second vehicle at the Herman Gulch Trailhead unless you would like to hike back.
Beartracks Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail begins at the Camp Rock Trailhead west of Evergreen in the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area and leads to Beartrack Lakes.
Beaver Creek Trail (Boulder Ranger District) Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Beaver Creek Trail climbs to 11,300' before dripping down into the Middle St. Varian drainage. This trail is very crowded.
Beaver Meadows Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail begins west of Evergreen in the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area. It leads into the Mount Evans Wilderness and intersects the Beartracks Trail.
Ben Tyler Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This trail offers access to the Lost Creek Wilderness. Users will see beautiful wildflowers in summer and changing aspens in autumn.
Bob and Betty Lakes Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail originates from the Hessie townsite on an old road that turns into a trial leading through montane forests to Bob and Betty Lakes.
Chicago Lakes Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Chicago Lakes Trail #52, begins at the Echo Lake Campground, south of Idaho Springs, and leads to Chicago Lakes, in the Mount Evans Wilderness.
Colorado Trail (Buffalo Creek to Wellington Lake Road) South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail leads 13.5 miles west from the Buffalo Creek Area to the Rolling Creek Trailhead. The terrain is considered easy, but users gain some elevation after crossing Buffalo Creek.
Colorado Trail (South Platte to Buffalo Creek) South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The second section of the Colorado Trail leads 9.5 miles west from the old South Platte town site to the Buffalo Creek Mountain Bike area.
Colorado Trail (Waterton Canyon to South Platte) South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The first segment of the Colorado Trail stretches 10 miles from Waterton Canyon to South Platte. Hikers and horseback riders are welcome to use this section of the trail.
Colorado Trail (Wellington Lake Road to Long Gulch Trailhead) South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Long Gulch Trailhead is located approximately 11 miles east of Highway 285 on Lost Park Road. Hikers and Horseback riders may gain access to the Lost Creek Wilderness via the Colorado Trail from this site.
Devils Thumb Lake Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail follows an old road out of Hessie and provides access to Woodland Lake Trail, Jasper Lake, Devils thumb Lake and Devils Thumb Pass.
Diamond Lake Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail starts at the road closure at Buckingham Park and loops over a high ridge separating the North Fork Middle Boulder Creek/Jasper Creek drainage to reach Diamond Lake.
Goose Creek Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This very popular trail provides access to the southeast portion of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. The Goose Creek Trail offers primitive camping, good fishing and great vistas.
Grays Peak Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Grays Peak Trail is located west of Georgetown and south of Bakersville. A person can climb Grays and Torreys Peaks, two 14,000 foot peaks, in one day.
Hells Hole Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This is a moderately easy hike into a rugged area about 10 miles west of Idaho Springs.
King Lake Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail originates at the Hessie Townsite on an old road that turns into a trail leading through montane forests to King Lake.
Meridian Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Meridian Trail is a pleasant hike that leads to a saddle that separates the Pike and Arapaho National Forests. Hiking distance to the saddle is 3 miles and the elevation gain is 1,630'.
Payne Creek Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Payne Creek Trail, located in the northeast section of the Lost Creek Wilderness, travels 9.5 miles to meet the Colorado Trail. The trail is open to horseback riders and hikers.
Resthouse Meadows Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail south of Idaho Springs begins at the Echo Lake Campground and leads to Resthouse Meadows, in the Mount Evans Wilderness.
St. Vrain Mountain Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The St. Varian Mountain Trail is very steep and little water is available. It crosses through Rocky Mountain National park near St. Varian Mountain.
Ute Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail travels to the Continental Divide where it continues as the Rogers Pass Trail.
Watrous Gulch Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail begins west of the Bakersville I-70 exit and just east of the Loveland Ski Area. It begins in the trees then travels above timberline, offering great views of the surrounding peaks.
Wigwam Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Wigwam Trail provides a less-crowded alternative to the Goose Creek Trailhead. The trail accesses the east side of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area.
Woodland Lake Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail originates out of the Hessie Townsite and follows the Devils Lake Trail for about 2.5 miles until you reach Woodland Lake Trail.
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