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Arapaho Glacier Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail take the traveler to the Arapaho Glacier Overlook. It then continues to the Rainbow Lakes Campground.
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.
Arapaho Pass Trail (west side) Sulphur Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Arapaho Pass Trail, #6, is located east of Granby. It leads from Monarch Lake, up Arapaho Creek and over Arapaho Pass.
Bar Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Bar Trail is 4 miles long with an intermediate level of difficulty. It is the most popular and most heavily used motorized trail in the Rampart Range Area.
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.
Bear Creek Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Bear Creek Motorized Trail forms a 7 mile loop from its intersection with Russell Gulch Motorized Trail. It connects with the Colorado Trail in the northern section of the loop so riders should use extra caution.
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.
Buchanan Pass Trail Sulphur Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Buchanan Pass Trail, #2, is located east of Granby and Monarch Lake. It leads from Cascade Creek to Buchanan Pass.
Burning Bear Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This pleasant 5.5 mile trail follows the Burning Bear Creek west from Geneva Creek, over a ridge, and down the Burning Bear Creek on the west side of the ridge.
Cabin Ridge Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Cabin Ridge Trail is 4 miles long one way and rated easy by the Forest Service. It is heavily used by hikers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists and ATV riders.
Cascade Creek Trail Sulphur Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Cascade Creek Trail, #1, is located east of Granby and Monarch Lake. It is one of the most heavily used trails in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Castlewood Canyon State Park Castlewood Canyon State Park,
Colorado State Parks
Castlewood Canyon State Park offers visitors hiking, rock climbing and unique sightseeing opportunities in an arid and beautiful setting.
Chatfield State Park Chatfield State Park,
Colorado State Parks
This park's close proximity to Denver and numerous activities make it a special place to visit.
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.
Chief Mountain Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This is a fairly short hike that passes through a spruce-fir forest up to the alpine tundra. Once on top you can see Mt. Evans, Pikes Peak, Longs Peak & Denver.
Chinns Lake Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail begins at Fall River Reservoir, northwest of Idaho Springs, and leads to Sherwin Lake.
Chittenden Mountain Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail crosses Middle Boulder Creek and climbs to the Diamond Lake Trail.
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.
Columbine Lake Trail Sulphur Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Columbine Lake Trail #11, is located northeast of Fraser. It begins at the Junco Lake Trailhead, near Meadow Creek Reservoir, and leads to Columbine Lake.
Devil's Head Lookout Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Devil's Head Lookout Trail begins in the picnic area adjacent to Devil's Head Campground and ends at the last fire lookout for the Pike National Forest.
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.
Eldorado State Park Eldorado State Park,
Colorado State Parks
Eldorado Canyon State Park lies in central Colorado where the plains meet the mountains. It is located less that 30 miles from Boulder and Denver.
Gibson Lake Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This 2.4 mile hike follows the Lake Fork drainage to a pretty lake nestled in a high tundra bowl. The well-established trail climbs at a steady, moderately steep grade.
Gill Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This 3.5 mile trail follows the South Fork of the South Platte River to the Chessman Lake Dam. The trail serves as the primary access for anglers wishing to fish this 3 mile stretch of river.
Golden Gate State Park Golden Gate State Park,
Colorado State Parks
This beautiful 14,000 acre mountain park is located only 30 miles west of Denver. A spectacular view of the Continental Divide from the famous Panorama Point, makes Golden Gate Canyon State Park ideal for sightseers and photographers.
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.
Gramp's Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Gramp's Trail, #657, leads 2.7 miles southwest from Rampart Range Road to Trail 675. The trailhead for this intermediate connector lies 5.75 miles south of Highway 67 on Rampart Range Road.
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.
Herman 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. The trail climbs up through the forest and then leads above timberline to Herman Lake, offering spectacular views.
High Lonesome Trail Sulphur Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The High Lonesome Trail is located northeast of Fraser. It leads from the Monarch Lake area to Devils Thumb Pass. It can be accessed at various points.
High Lonesome Trail II Sulphur Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The High Lonesome Trail ll is located east of Winter Park. It leads from the south end of the High Lonesome Trail at Devil's Thumb Park to Rollins Pass.
Isabelle Glacier Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail takes the traveler to Isabelle Glacier. This trail sees hundreds of people a day on weekends.
James Peak Lake Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail drops gradually to James Peak Lake, set in the basin below the east face of James Peak (13,249'). Fishing, picnicking and camping are the principal attractions.
Jean Luning Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This is the most heavily visited wilderness entrance in the Indian Peaks, with literally thousands of visitors in the area on any given summer weekend.
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.
Knight Ridge Trail Sulphur Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Knight Ridge Trail is located to the northeast of Granby. It leads from the Arapaho Bay Campground, along the northeast side of Lake Granby and Shadow Mountain Lake to Grand Lake Village.
Long Hollow Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Long Hollow Trail, #649, leads 5.5 miles south from Noodle Trail, #677. The route has an intermediate rating and receives little use. It may be made into a loop ride in connection with Trout Creek Trail, #649.
Maxwell Falls Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Maxwell Falls Trail is located southwest of Evergreen. It is a nice enjoyable hike and is one of the first trails to open in the spring.
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'.
Mitchell Lake Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Mitchell trail ends at Blue Lake in the fragile forest/tundra transition zone. The trail is very crowded on summer weekends.
Mt. Audubon Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail forks off of the Beaver Creek Trail and ends at Mt. Audubon (13,233). It is very crowded.
Niwot Ridge Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This area is the most heavily visited wilderness entrance in the Indian Peaks, with literally thousands of visitors in the area on any given summer weekend.
Overlook Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Overlook Trail, #682, leads 2.8 miles southeast from Flat Rocks Campground to Rim Road. The terrain is rated intermediate and it connects with Trails 681, 683 and 685.
Pawnee Pass Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail sees hundreds of people a day on weekends. The area between the lake and Pawnee Pass has been interlaced with illegal trails cut by overanxious hikers looking for shortcuts.
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.
Power Line Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Power Line Trail, #690, follows power lines that run parallel to Rampart Range Road. The trail leads north-south for 7.7 miles from Highway 67 to Cabin Ridge Picnic Ground.
Rainbow Lakes Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Rainbow Lakes offers developed camping facilities for family and group use. The eastern end of the Arapaho Glacier Trail begins here.
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.
Roaring Fork Trail Sulphur Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
The Roaring Fork Trail is located northeast of Granby, on the east side of Lake Granby. It leads up to either Watanga Lake or Stone Lake.
Rocky Mountain Hiker Tour Rocky Mountain National Park
Rosalie Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Rosalie Trail is a popular trail extending from the southeast edge of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area to Guanella Pass. It offers spectacular views of Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans.
Russell Gulch Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Russell Gulch Trail, #693, leads north 6.5 miles from Sprucewood. It passes over Bear Mountain and through Russell Gulch to County Road 97 and the Platte River.
Scotty's Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Scotty's Trail, #681, leads 6.8 miles south from Forest Road 507 to Devils Head Road. This trail serves as a connecting route from northern trails in the system to southern trails in the system.
Shelf Lake Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Shelf Lake Trail follows the Smelter Gulch drainage to Shelf Lake in a high mountain cirque. The 3.2 mile hike is on an established trail the entire distance.
Silver Dollar Lake Trail Clear Creek Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail begins south of Georgetown, near Guanella Pass. It offers a scenic hike to two small alpine lakes.
St. Vrain Glaciers Trail Boulder Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail takes the traveler up to a glacier. It isn't an easy trail, but it offers a sight not usually seen.
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.
Tanglewood Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Tanglewood Trail is a moderately difficult trail in the Mt. Evans Wilderness. It leads to some spectacular views of rock formations, wildflowers and forest areas.
Three Mile Creek Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This popular hiking trail provides access into the heart of the southern half of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area. The trailhead is along Geneva Creek Road and its terminus is the junction with the Rosalie Trail.
Tomahawk Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Tomahawk Trail is located on the northern end of the Rampart Range Motorized Trail System. It leads 3.2 miles north from Forest Road 507 to Trail #686.
Trout Creek Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Trout Creek Trail, #649, leads in a 6.2 mile westward loop from Rampart Range Road. The trail passes through Trout Creek, which provides excellent fishing opportunities, but may be impassable in spring.
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.
Wilderness on Wheels Accessible Recreation Area Wilderness on Wheels,
Fairplay Area
Wilderness On Wheels Foundation provides access for disabled persons to the natural outdoor environment. The facility includes campsites, cabins, and a 8-foot wide boardwalk that is just over a mile long.
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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