16 May 2018
Put Some Spring in your Hike
Spring is here and you’re probably dying to shake off those winter doldrums. One of the best ways to get the most out of spring is to get outside and hike!
While you’ll still find snow in the Rocky Mountains (probably well into June), some trails along the foothills that should be relatively clear and perfect for a walk. Here are suggestions for hikes that are pretty accessible this time of year:
Mount Sanitas – Boulder
This trail is a local favorite – and for good reason. Even though it is a straight-up climb for a good mile, it all pays off when you get to the top and see the views of Boulder below.
White Ranch Sunset Loop – Golden
This loop hike in White Ranch Park is a gorgeous place to watch the sunrise over downtown Denver’s skyline. This easy-to-moderate trail features tranquil meadows and spring wildflowers.
Matthews/Winters Park – Morrison
This is the hike that overlooks Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Dinosaur Ridge. The 4.5 mile loop is family-friendly and can be a sweet-smelling wildflower hike depending on the time of year, so it’s a good idea to pack a picnic.
Alderfer Three Sisters Trail – Evergreen
This 6.7 mile trail climbs up Evergreen Mountain to a wonderful lookout. You’ll pass stunning vistas, landmark rock formations (including “The Three Sisters”), and ponderosa pine on this path.
South Rim Loop at Roxborough State Park – Littleton
Here you’ll find gorgeous red rock formations up against the bright green of spring. This trail takes hikers to several overlooks for panoramic views of Denver, so remember to bring your camera!
Before you head out, always check snow and ice conditions. Colorado weather can throw serious curve balls in the springtime. It’s a good idea to pack ice trekkers and hiking poles just in case – you never know when you could hit an icy patch along a trail. And know that this is the muddiest time of the year, so don proper footwear and maybe bring along gaiters to keep your lower legs dry.
And, as always, wear sunscreen! We know you’re anxious to soak up some sun, but you don’t want to deal with red, sore skin later. Slather on that SPF-50.
If you’re inspired by this blog post, please take photos and then send them to us! Your friends at Reunion always want to see where your hiking boots take you.