Summer is in full swing here in Denver and the days are long and beautiful. Here are my 3 best hikes in Denver to add some fun and variety to your regular workout routine.
Matthews/Winters Park - Golden
We’re starting this list off strong at Matthews/Winters Park in the foothills between Golden and Morrison. Only 30 minutes from downtown Denver, moderately difficult, and a variety of views—what more could you ask for?
The best part about this loop around the park is its flexibility. Explore the park’s network of connecting trails and the nearby Red Rocks Park trail system to gain more mileage and more views of Red Rocks, Denver, and more.
For a little extra cardio, make sure to tackle the Morrison Slide!
Bear Creek Lake - Lakewood
Less than an hour southwest of Denver lies Bear Creek Lake Park, which is a great option for those who are looking for relaxing and laid back trails.
Make a day of your visit when you explore the many activities Bear Creek has to offer. From fishing to camping to sandy swimming beaches; there’s plenty to do to add variety to your workout routine.
Chautauqua Park - Boulder
Alright, so this one might be a bit of a cop out. Not because I couldn’t find enough great hikes near Denver, but because this location less than an hour northwest has so many!
For a steep but rewarding hike, follow the First and Second Flatirons Hike 2.6 miles to expansive views of Boulder, Denver, and the mountains beyond.
If you prefer a flatter option, hop on the Mesa Trail. This moderate and long out and back can keep you busy for hours. There are plenty of opportunities to explore connecting trails.
And if you’re in it for the long haul, hit Green and Bear It which will take you to the summits of some of the most prominent peaks in Boulder over the course of 13 miles!
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