Easy Hikes Near Denver

Looking for Colorado hikes that are easy on your legs and close to Denver? Explore our growing set of hiking trail profiles. Surprisingly, some of the best destination hikes in Colorado are some of the easiest and right out your back door. If you are searching for a great hike for visiting family and friends, check out our page of hike profiles recommended for your out of state guests.


Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks Park

February 7, 2015 Comments (0) 1-2 Miles, About 30 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Deer, Easy, Meadows, Red Rocks, visiting family friends

The Trading Post trail at Red Rocks takes you around 10 of the parks giant red rock formations. It’s a short loop hike near Denver, accessible off of 470. Check out our full hiking trail profile below for all the details. If you are looking for a family adventure that’s quick

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Mount Falcon View from Castle

Mount Falcon – Castle & Tower Hike

June 1, 2011 Comments (11) 3-4 Miles, About 45 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Bluff Top Views, Dog Friendly Hikes, Easy, hikes with kids denver, Meadows, Mountain Range Views, Ruins, visiting family friends

Mount Falcon features several trails. By combining a few, you can create a 3.7 mile loop and take in several historic sites as well as breathtaking views of Denver, Red Rocks, and the Front Range. This is makes it one of the best hikes close to Denver for visiting friends and family.

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Hiking Beautiful Waterton Canyon

August 29, 2014 Comments (6) 3-4 Miles, 4-6 miles, 7-9 miles, 9+ Miles, About 30 Min, Canyon, Cliffs, Easy, littleton hikes colorado

Hiking Options at Waterton Canyon Trail   1. The Shorter Hike in Waterton Canyon The first mile or two of Waterton Canyon takes you to an old water conduit pipe that juts out over the trail, and your best chance to catch the site of Bighorn Sheep and Golden Eagles. The trail quickly

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Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir

July 19, 2012 Comments (24) 2-3 Miles, About 90 Min, Boulder Hikes, Canyon, Creek or Brooks, Dog Friendly Hikes, Easy, fall colors, Waterfalls, Wildflowers

The shade of a wooded canyon, combined with a waterfall, ending at a blue lake, make this hike near Boulder Colorado worthwhile. Though it’s probably 25′ high, the waterfall is not what I’d call spectacular. So, if you are going for this waterfall, I’d recommend

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Mt. Bierstadt Trail on Guanella Pass

July 1, 2013 Comments (5) 1-2 Miles, 7-9 miles, About 90 Min, Creek or Brooks, Difficult, Easy, fall colors, High Country, Lakes, Mountain Range Views, Peak-Top Views

You’ve got options with the Mount Bierstadt trail. First, we’ll profile the hike to the summit. Below that, you’ll find some information on how to just explore the area with your family or friends, making this an easy hike high in the Colorado mounta Climb Your First

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Buffalo Creek Falls at Wellington Lake

June 12, 2015 Comments (1) About 90 Min, Creek or Brooks, Easy, fall colors, Lakes, Mile or Less, Waterfalls

The Drive to the Trailhead: You’ll drive 285 to Bailey, then hang a left onto 68/Wellington Lake Road. 68 is a dirt road and relatively smooth. Still, rain can change things in an instant, so we advise being alert for potholes and washboard. When you arrive at the lake, pull up to

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Deer Creek Canyon Loop Hike

February 6, 2015 Comments (0) 2-3 Miles, About 30 Min, Bluff Top Views, Canyon, Creek or Brooks, Easy, littleton hikes colorado, Rock Formations

Deer Creek Canyon Loop Trail Profile This 2.7 mile loop hike in Deer Creek Canyon is made by combining two trails. The Route: Start on the Meadowlark Trail (1.6 mile trail) until you come to the Plymouth Creek Trail junction. Go left onto the Plymouth Creek Trail for 1.1 miles back to the

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Echo Lake, Near Mt. Evans & Idaho Springs Colorado

Echo Lake Trail Near Mt. Evans

July 21, 2010 Comments (6) About 60 Min, Birdwatching, By Beauty, By Difficulty, By Distance, By Drive Time, Easy, fall colors, hikes with kids denver, Lakes, Mile or Less, visiting family friends

A great Colorado park to take visiting family and friends. It’s an hour from Denver and has very short trail, but it’s a great place to introduce others to the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and to take in a high Colorado lake. The trail circles Echo Lake and connects to

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Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park

October 16, 2014 Comments (1) 4-6 miles, About 45 Min, Bluff Top Views, Dog Friendly Hikes, Easy, Elk, hikes near golden colorado, Meadows, Mountain Range Views, Ruins

Looking East towards Centennial Cone Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Profile For a high country hike the elevation gains and descents are very gentle, and the inclines are not difficult. Centennial Cone Park is about 10 miles west of Golden, Colorado, and feels like a backcountry trail

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Cascades Near Berthoud Falls

June 15, 2013 Comments (0) About 60 Min, Easy, Mile or Less, Mountain Range Views, Waterfalls

There are some great views looking South to Engelmann Peak and Red Mountain. There is no picnic area, and the ground is soaked in early Summer, but my guess is that you could bring a blanket in late summer and Fall and enjoy a picnic lunch by the falls. It’s unclear if this falls is

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Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

April 12, 2013 Comments (0) 2-3 Miles, 3-4 Miles, About 45 Min, best winter hikes colorado, Bluff Top Views, Boulder Hikes, Creek or Brooks, Deer, Dog Friendly Hikes, Easy, Meadows, Medium, Mountain Range Views, Peak-Top Views, Rock Formations

Mt. Sanitas offers three different hike options, ranging from the more difficult climb up the mountain, to an easy walk through a peaceful valley. Sanitas is Latin for “health”, and this hike may either get you in better shape (the 3.1 mile loop), or restore your sanity (the

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O Fallon Park Trails

These hiking trails near Evergreen, Colorado weave through the Bear Creek area in

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Daniel’s Park Hikes

We are featuring Daniel’s Park ,not for it’s trails, but because it has

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Mt. Evans - Mountain Goats Near Summit June 25, 2011

Mt. Evans Summit Hike

Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s Front Range Fourteeners, and like Pikes Peak,

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Hiking at Pine Valley Ranch Park

Hiking Options at Pine Valley Ranch Park #1 – Park View Out-and-Back Hike

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Clear Creek Trail in Golden Colorado July 23, 2010

Clear Creek Trail in Downtown Golden

Bring a Picnic and throw down a blanket at one of the several parks along the way

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October 9, 2010

Evergreen Lake Trail

This Colorado hike (more of a stroll) is a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

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Golden Gate Sate Park Blue Grouse Trail Landscape September 20, 2014

Blue Grouse Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

Before you start this hike there are some things you should know – a Colorado

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Alderefer and Three Sisters Park June 13, 2010

Alderfer and Three Sisters Park

This park in Evergreen, Colorado is a family favorite of some of our good friends.

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Meyer Ranch Open Space Near Allenspark July 8, 2011

Meyer Ranch Open Space Hikes

Yearning for Colorado’s big sky and open meadows? Meyer Ranch Open Space is

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Castlewood Canyon State Park Hikes July 15, 2010

Castlewood Canyon State Park Trails

Because Castlewood Canyon State Park is hidden in the plains–and not the

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Red Rocks Trail at Settlers Park in Boulder

The trails of Red Rocks at Settlers Park in Boulder interconnect to form more of a

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Flatirons Vista Loop Trail

You’ve got options. The Flatiron Vista Loop trail offers 2 loops. One is 3.3

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Bear Lake Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

Bear lake is the epicenter of Rocky Mountain National Park. This means that you can

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Forest and Meadow Loop at Lookout Mountain Nature Center September 27, 2010

Meadow & Forest Loop Trails at Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Lookout Mountain Nature Center has 2 short loop hikes. If you have young children,

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Enchanted Mesa Trail Near Boulder, Colorado

Start your hike at parking lot near the Chautauqua Auditorium Trailhead. There is

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Georgetown Railroad Hike & Train Ride

The Georgetown Railroad hike is a one-of-a-kind guided hike through the clear creek

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March 24, 2011

Elk Meadow Park – South Loop

Elk Meadow Park is a great place to hike with your family, if you have little ones,

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Highline Canal Trail - South of Fly'n B Park June 17, 2011

High Line Canal Hike – County Line to Fly’n B...

The Highline Canal starts in the foothills and meanders over 60 miles through

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December 4, 2009

South Valley Park Trails

The trails of South Valley Park are perfect for an after work hike or run in South

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July 31, 2010

Lakes Loop Trail at Rocky Mountain Arsenal

An arsenal turned into a Wildlife Refuge. What a great idea! The refuge boasts over

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Roxborough State Park - Fountain Valley Trail February 11, 2011

3 Easy Winter Hikes Near Denver

It’s hard to just get out of the house on a Saturday morning. Add a bit of

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Greenland Open Space Trail Near Larkspur, Colorado

Rolling meadows stretch to spectacular views of Pikes Peak on this easy Colorado

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Crown Hill Lake Park August 9, 2010

Crown Hill Lake Trails

An Oasis in the midst of busy Denver, Crown Hill Lake Park is just that. Jefferson

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October 1, 2010

East Plum Creek Trail in Castle Rock

This paved trail winds along Plum Creek in Castle Rock, Colorado. Though it runs

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July 19, 2010

Willow Creek Trail at Roxborough State Park

Entering Roxborough State Park is like walking into another world. The red rock and

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August 4, 2010

Glendale Farm Trail – Douglas County Open Space

Glendale Farm is a short hiking trail near Littleton, Colorado, that offers a 17

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October 26, 2010

Homestead Trail at Castlewood Canyon

This trail is great place to begin if you plan to explore the west side of

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August 3, 2010

Canyon View Nature Trail at Castlewood Canyon

Castlewood Canyon State Park has created this beautiful paved trail that follows the

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