Summer is here and I'm thankful for the chance to get out with the family and get some exercise, all while enjoying fresh mountain air. The front range has some great hiking trails that are just a short drive away from Denver. Here are some of my family's favorite hikes to try out this summer!
Be sure to go in the early morning to avoid the heat. And bring lots of water!
Bear Creek Trail at Lair O’ The Bear Park
Lair O' the Bear, in our family’s opinion, is the best family hike near Denver. First, the drive into the canyon on Bear Creek road is beautiful. Once at the park you’ll find great hiking trail options, the cool water of bear creek, great parking, and some good picnic spots. There are open areas as well as shade. Our one big suggestion is to keep your kiddos close to you on the busier trail segments as this is also a mountain biking mecca. You'll find maps and parking information here. I recommend making the trek to Panorama Point if you have the time!
Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park
It’s a demanding hike up Chimney Gulch near Golden, Colorado, but the views at the top are worth the workout. This hiking trail crosses streams as it zigzags up the side of local landmark, Lookout mountain. Explore this hike profile for the trail map and all the details and tips that you’ll need to get out the door and hike Chimney Gulch.
Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden
The Clear Creek Trail in Golden Colorado is it! It’s got shade, the kids can bring their bikes, and you can finish your hike with a stroll around downtown. We might get some flack for calling this a hike, because it runs through the business district of Golden... But you can wear the soles of your shoes down on this one. Jefferson County even has plans to expand the trail several miles into Clear Creek Canyon, and construction is well under way. See more details about walking along the creek here.
North Table Mountain Trails
When the sun rises over the North Table Mountain, you’ll see this mesa rising above the town of Golden, Colorado. A vast network of trails awaits hikers, mountain bikers, and nature photographers. This is a perfect hike near Denver for when you don’t have much time on your hands but need some fresh air. While the trails on Table Mountain are accessible all year round, the best time to hike it is in early Summer when wild flowers start to bloom. Check out this detailed description of the hike, the Table Mountain trail map, and driving directions so that you can explore this unique Colorado hike.
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