Best Fall Hikes Near Denver
Where can you find hikes near Denver to view the changing aspens and fall colors? We’ve looked through all our hiking profiles to identify trails near Denver that are decorated with glowing aspens in the Fall. Some of these Autumn Colorado hikes have spectacular drives to the trailhead. Because some of the hikes closer to Denver are just so-so (it takes driving further into the mountains to get the best views of the Aspens), I’ll identify some of the best hikes to see the Fall colors near Denver here. There are over 3 pages with over 25 hikes, so be sure to explore them.
The Best Hikes Near Denver to See the Changing Aspens and Fall Colors
This whole area near both Guanella Pass and Hoosier pass is amazing in the fall, so your drive out 285 to Staunton will be a great way to take in the autumn aspens on your way to both a great hike and a beautiful waterfall. Get to the park during the right weekend in the fall and the whole place should be riddled with golden and orange aspens. Scan the mountainsides to see if you can get a glimpse of the occasional aspen turning red.
Our family loves this 2.5 mile hike in Golden Gate Canyon. There are panoramic views of the Front Range at the Panorama Point viewing area, and the hike takes you through meadows of aspens.
This drive and hike are both breathtaking when the aspens are turning in the fall. We suggest starting on the north end (I-70 end) and to make your way south over Guanella pass. When you get out onto 285, take it to the right (west) and over to Kenosha Pass. You’ll find a Kenosha Pass trailhead off to your left just before the pass. This place has a huge parking area, but it will fill up in the fall because the aspens here are incredible. The photo of the moose here was taken near the trailhead at Kenosha Pass.
And easy 1/2 mile loop hike with 360 degree breathtaking views of the changing aspens. It’s a two-hour drive that’s worth it. RMNP has an entry fee.
Here’s why you need to do this hike in the fall season: 1) The drive there will take you up Rampart Range road which should be gilded with changing Aspens, 2) When you get to the top of Devil’s Head, you’ll gain 360 degree views that will let you drink in the colors from for miles and miles.
A Few Other Noteable Fall Hikes Near Denver: The Forsythe Canyon Trail takes you through the shade of a good deal of Aspens, down to Gross Reservoir. The hike to Maxwell Falls near Evergreen, Colorado will sports a great drive and is riddled with fall colors, too. However, the waterfall will likely be a trickle later in the year. Finally, the First and Second Flatiron trail near Boulder may not have a ton of Aspens on the front side, but make it to the top and you should get great views of the Rocky Mountains to the West and there should be a lot of color as you look out to the continental divide.
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