The Colorado Rockies is a haven for hikers since there are no shortage of trails – from a relaxing hike on Bear Lake trail to a grueling 8 mile hike around Pyramid Peak. There’s definitely something for a hiking aficionado regardless of your skill level.
If you are looking for a day hike, check out Bear Lake Trail which you can do in a few hours or Chautauqua Trail (near Boulder) which takes you through a picturesque meadow. If you are looking to push your limits a little, check out Bluebell-Baird Trail. It will add about 2 miles to your hike and it’s a more interesting trail than the first two.
For a moderate hike, you can try out Lizard Head Pass which is about 7 miles long and leads to Lizard Head Peak that gives you an amazing view of Colorado. Lion Lakes is your best choice if you prefer a 12 mile (round trip) hike that takes you around the Wild Basin trailhead and Thunder Lake Trail with a few lakes, streams and waterfalls in between.
For the experienced hikers, you can check out Longs Peak Trail. It’s one of the most hiked but least finished trails in the entire state. Around 15,000 people try to reach the peak but only about half of these people make it. It’s 15 miles long with about 5,000 feet in elevation. If that sounds like child’s play to you, you should check out Pyramid Peak. It’s only 8 miles (round trip) but you may need to take a rope and harness with you when you go. It is said that it will take you about an hour to complete one mile on this trail.
Don’t forget to prepare layers of clothing, water, and a first aid kit when you go.
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