Wandelen in Colorado

Find the best hikes in Colorado including detailed trail maps, guides, trail descriptions, Points of Interest (POIs) and GPS tracks / GPX data. All guides can be downloaded to your iPhone and Android phones

The words “Colorado” and “hiking” should be listed as synonyms in every Thesaurus. From aggressive climbs of all fifty three 14,000 foot peaks in the state, to relaxing strolls along the well-maintained paths of state and municipal green spaces, there’s something for every ability and ambition. City hikes such as the Boulder Creek Greenway Trail in Boulder or Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs make it easy to begin enjoying the local topography. When the needs is for some altitude and distance exotic names such as “Devil’s Thumb Pass,” “Beaver Creek Loop,” and “Sentinel Point” beckon. But “hiking” in Colorado isn’t limited to the kind of treks available to people on foot. Horses, mountain bikes, cross country skis, and snowshoes all add to the ways adventurous travelers can access the beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountain open spaces. Don’t miss out on any of this. Get a map and get going!
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Meyers Homestead Trail
Meyers Homestead Trail
Boulder, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 5.2 miles, 1 - 3 uur
This trail is part of the Walker Ranch Open Space area southwest of Boulder, Colorado.

The Meyers Homestead Trail is located nine miles southwest of Boulder, Colorado. To reach the trail from Boulder, you will drive west on Baseline Road until you get to Chautauqua Park. You will continue on this road, but the name changes to Flagstaff Road and it begins to climb quite steeply. Once you reach the top of Flagstaff Road and begin downhill,...
Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Ward, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 5.3 miles, Een halve dag
A hike within the Roosevelt National Forest

There are a couple of Blue Lakes in the Colorado front range. This one is located in the Roosevelt National Forest north of Nederland, near the small community of Ward. It is a fabulous hike in which you will encounter two major lakes (Mitchell and Blu) and several other streams and small ponds. Ther is abundant wildlife and flowers that offer some...
Boulder Creek Path with a loop
Boulder Creek Path with a loop
Boulder, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 7.1 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Enjoy America's #1 recreation town by bike. This path starts in the plains, goes through town and ends in the mountains.

In a town that loves its trails and alternative forms of transportation, the Boulder Creek Path is the perfect defining landmark. This trail also symbolizes the state of Colorado since it start in the plains and ends in the mountains; it also runs through both rural and urban landscapes. This trail is also commonly known as the Boulder Bike Path...
Horsethief Falls & Pancake Rocks
Horsethief Falls & Pancake Rocks
Divide, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 7.6 miles, Een halve dag
Hiking on the back side of Pikes Peak

I did part of this hike at the end of April. I didn't know then that despite the snowmelt in most of the area (Colorado Springs, Woodland Park & Divide), this trail runs along the north face of one ridge and the south face of another. So the snow was still quite deep. So with no snowshoes, the only one who enjoyed that trek was the dog. Drive west...
Mount Bierstadt
Mount Bierstadt
Dillon, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 6.9 miles, Een halve dag
A Perfect Beginner Fourteener

Nestled in the heart of the Front Range mountains, and with superb access from the Denver metropolis, Mount Bierstadt is a terrific adventure for the weekend warrior. If you are looking to climb your first fourteener, or make your first fourteener ski descent, this is the peak for you. Named after Albert Bierstatdt a famous painter of western landscapes,...
Dirty Bismarck Loop
Dirty Bismarck Loop
Superior, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 12.1 miles, 1 - 3 uur
This mountain bike version of the famous Morgul-Bismarck bike race course, is a great loop trail near Superior, Colorado

Also known as the "Happy Meal Loop," the Bismarck Dirty Loop was completed in 2011 with the addition of the Meadowlark Trail section. This trail is easily accessible by Colorado Front Range trail users and is an especially enjoyable mountain bike trail. Although challenging in a couple short sections, in general the Bismarck Dirty Loop is not a very...
Devil's Thumb Pass
Devil's Thumb Pass
Nederland, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 13.3 miles, Een dag
Devil's Thumb Pass from the Hessie Trailhead

The hike to Devil's Thumb Pass is a wonderful hike for those who are able to make the journey. Although there are other, much shorter routes to the pass, none offer the scenery that you will encounter on this particular route. It is rated as moderate due to the length of the hike and the fact that you will ascend approx. 2400 feet (add another 800ft...
Garden of the Gods Loop
Garden of the Gods Loop
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 4.0 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Views From the Perimeter of the Garden

The Garden of the God’s really deserves more than one guide. This one takes you on a walk around the main section of the formations that constitute the Garden of the Gods as most people experience it. Three primary trails connect to form a 4 mile loop: The Palmer Trail begins on the north side of the main parking area, heading west and then south....
Mineral Belt Loop Trail
Mineral Belt Loop Trail
Leadville, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 11.6 miles, 1 - 3 uur
At over 10,000 feet in elevation, the Mineral Belt Loop Trail will take your breath in more ways than one.

Located in Leadville, Colorado, the Mineral Belt Loop Trail is an 11.6 mile asphalt path that is replete with history, scenery, and recreation. The riding is smooth and the educational opportunities are bountiful. Set in Colorado mining country, the trail is dotted with historical signs and remnants of a rich geological past. When it is hot down in...
Willow Lake Trail
Willow Lake Trail
Crestone, Colorado, United States
Gematigd: 9.0 miles, Een dag
Spectacular Beauty in the Heart of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Deep in the heart of the Sangre De Cristo mountains in southern Colorado, Willow Lake provides a respite for the waters draining the Obstruction Peak glacial trough, as they rush north and west toward the central Colorado basin. If you tee off from the top of Obstruction Peak, Willow Lake is in the center of the dog-leg left, with 500 yard long meadow...
Hall Ranch Trails including Bitterbrush Trail and Nelson Loop Trail
Moeilijk: 5.9 miles, 1 - 3 uur
The Bitterbrush and Nelson Loop Trails are fairly difficult mountain bike routes that form a lasso trail near Lyons, CO.

Unlike many of my other trail guides, this one is definitely a little more strenuous and technical. If you are riding a bike, prepare for steep climbs and rapid descents. There are some tricky corners and numerous rocks and roots in the trail. There is also great scenery, lots of wildlife, and a heck of a roller-coaster ride. Although this trail is...
North Mt. Elbert Trail - Highpoint of Colorado
North Mt. Elbert Trail - Highpoint of Colorado
Leadville, Colorado, United States
Moeilijk: 8.7 miles, Een dag
An easy non-technical day climb, that is if you are used to the 14,440 ft elevation

At 14,440 feet Mt. Elbert is the highest point in the Sawatch Range as well as the state. On this 4,500 foot climb you'll mostly be above treeline so be prepared. You will also be at altitude so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time. Also, make sure to get a VERY early start because thunderstorms always roll in during summer afternoons and...
Stanley Canyon
Stanley Canyon
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 4.0 miles, Een halve dag
Slicing Into the Front Range

Picture the “wall” of the side of a chocolate layer cake. Imagine making one knife cut down through that wall. Pull out your imaginary knife (so you won’t get hurt) and gaze into the slit you’ve created. Now transfer this image to the front range of the Rocky Mountains, behind the Air Force Academy, near Colorado Springs. This is Stanley Canyon. Trail...
Devil's Head Fire Lookout
Devil's Head Fire Lookout
Sedalia, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 2.8 miles, 1 - 3 uur
A "must do" hike to the area's only working fire lookout

Devils head is a distinct granite rock outcropping in the front range west of Castle Rock. The outcropping is clearly visible from Castle Rock to Woodland Park. The outcropping is also home to the only fire lookout, in Colorado, that is staffed by the National Forest Service. This grants it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It should...
South Rim Trail at Roxborough State Park
South Rim Trail at Roxborough State Park
Roxborough State Park, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 2.5 miles, 1 - 3 uur
A gentle hike with spectacular red rock views

Roxborough State Park is a true natural gem, conveniently located in Southwest Denver. The park is one of the best places near Denver to encounter wildlife. The highlight of this hike will be the dramatic views of the red rock formations angling skyward. This trail offers some of the best views in the park, and is less crowded than the fountain valley...
Columbine Trail
Columbine Trail
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 8.0 miles, Een halve dag
Enjoying the Bold Beauty of Cheyenne Canyon

North Cheyenne Creek slices through Cheyenne Canyon, bordered on the north by Mays Peak and Mount Buckhorn, and on the south by Mount Cutler and Muscoco Mountain. Columbine Trail traces the cut of the creek from the canyon’s mouth in southwestern Colorado Springs, west about four miles to its terminus at Helen Hunt Falls. With the lower trailhead...
Palmer Park -- Templeton Trail
Palmer Park -- Templeton Trail
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 4.0 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Challenging Inner City Wilderness Loop

Palmer Park is one of the largest park/open spaces in the city of Colorado Springs. It contains excellent facilities: dog park, horse stable, riding trails, picnic areas, and for our purposes, hiking trails. My favorite is the four mile loop that circumnavigates the top of the mesa in the center of the park. The Templeton Trail begins and ends at the...
Red Rock Canyon Trails
Red Rock Canyon Trails
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 5.0 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Wandering among the Seedlings of the Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is world famous, but two miles south of the Garden “Red Rock Canyon Open Space” invites hikers to enjoy the same geological strata in a much less “Victorian” setting. The land now included in the “Open Space” has been in use for at least 9,000 years, where because of its proximity to Fountain Creek early American settlers...
Sand Creek Regional Greenway
Sand Creek Regional Greenway
Denver, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 13.5 miles, Een halve dag
Ride the 14 mile long Sand Creek Regional Greenway trail.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made the metro Denver area a national model for linked trail systems. This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through Denver and the new Stapleton community. The...
Mount Falcon Mountain Bike Ride
Mount Falcon Mountain Bike Ride
Morrison, Colorado, United States
 
Mountain bike trail near Morrison, CO. It is about 30 minuues southwest of Denver.

This is a fun intermediate to advanced trail. It begins with a long 2+ mile climb that is entirely sun exposed. Then you'll get to the top where it flattens out. The best part of the trail in my opinion is the Parmalee Gulch section. This is a fun 2 mile singletrack section that makes the climb worth it. There are many options on this trail. I describe...
Goat Mountain
Goat Mountain
Littleton, Colorado, United States
 
Moeilijk: 7.3 miles, Een halve dag
Fun SW Denver Scramble

This is one of the most fun hikes in Southwest Denver. It is not well known, so you are not likely to encounter any other people on the hike. You will get great views of southwest Denver, and have a fun / challenging 1/2 day. This is not a particularly well marked trail, and there is some very steep and loose areas. Do not attempt unless you are...
Peaks Trail
Peaks Trail
Frisco, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 16.2 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Classic trail connecting Frisco and Breckenridge in Summit County (Colorado).

This is a classic out and back trail that you can start from either Frisco or Breckenridge. This trail description starts at the trailhead near Main St. in Frisco. Directions: Frisco is about 70 miles from Denver. Take I70 West from Denver. Drive about 70 miles to exit 203. Go south on Route 9. In about 1 mile, the intersection with Main St. will...
Mount Cutler
Mount Cutler
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 2.0 miles, 1 - 3 uur
An easy hike on the South Side of Cheyenne Canyon

Here is a leisurely family hike you can do in a morning or afternoon. The hike is only 2 miles in length. Mt Cutler — named after Henry Cutler, one of General Palmer’s friends and a supporter of Colorado College — rises above Cheyenne Creek about half way up the Cheyenne Canyon, on the south side. The trailhead is well marked and has ample parking....
Broomfield/Louisville Loop Trail
Broomfield/Louisville Loop Trail
Louisville, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 11.7 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Enjoy this loop trail that meanders along creeks, beside a pond, through pumpkin fields and over Colorado hills.

This trail wanders through the communities of Louisville, Broomfield, and Lafayette, Colorado. Most of the ride is on open space trails, but portions of it also utilize Dillon Road and S. 120th Street. There are three good trailheads from which to access this trail, and each trailhead is in a different one of the three communities mentioned above....
Helen Hunt Falls
Helen Hunt Falls
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 0.8 miles, 1 uur of minder
An easy hike on the South Side of Cheyenne Canyon

Helen Hunt Falls — named after Helen Hunt Jackson, author and social activist in the late 19th century — marks the abrupt descent of Cheyenne Creek where North Cheyenne Canyon Rd merges with Gold Camp Rd. The hike takes you up beside the face of the falls, then back around to another creek and a promontory from which you can view the entire valley.
South Boulder Creek Trail
South Boulder Creek Trail
Boulder, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 3.2 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Follow the beautiful South Boulder Creek past grazing cattle and spot wildlife of all kinds on this marvelous trail.

It's not easy being a trail on the edge of America's most fit community. You get a lot of use. But it's not just humans that make this trail popular. Critters of all sorts populate South Boulder Creek and its companion trail. It's not unusual to see deer, coyote, dogs, cows, geese, and many smaller birds. On this particular trip, the author of this...
Mitchell Creek Canyon
Mitchell Creek Canyon
Founders Village, Colorado, United States
 
A Castle Rock Classic

This 1.5 mile trail is a great example of the ecology and geography of the Castle Rock area. It offers much of the same experience as the nearby castlewood canyon with out the crowds. This trail is fun and there is beauty to be found here, however, I wouldn't drive more than 30 minutes to visit this trail. The trail climbs to the western rim of the...
Miller Rock 4x4 Trail
Miller Rock 4x4 Trail
Raymond, Colorado, United States
 
Moeilijk: 9.2 miles, Een halve dag
Mix of easy and difficult terrain. Popular hiking area.

Lesser used area is entirely land locked by private property except where forest road enters between houses. Fun, challenging terrain. Great views from top of Miller Rock. Popular hiking area. Good for unlicensed vehicles except no place to park at start. Drive in 0.1 miles to small spot. Trail is open all year, weather permitting. You can exit through...
Raspberry Mountain
Raspberry Mountain
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 6.0 miles, 1 - 3 uur
360 Degrees of Amazing!

The hike to the top of Raspberry Mountain is a pleasant six mile jaunt (round trip) through the Pike National Forest. The trail is wide and smooth, most of it shaded by tall dark Colorado Spruce. Sentinel Point and the northernmost of the Sibling Spires are visible occasionally about four miles to the south, whetting your appetite for the “Big View”...
The Crags
The Crags
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 4.2 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Granite Spires Along Four Mile Creek -- Teller County CO

Sometimes granite erodes horizontally into monumental slabs resembling stacks of gigantic red pancakes (see my guide for Horsethief Falls & Pancake Rocks). Not too far away the same kind or rock erodes vertically into colossal collections of cusps, ready to take a bite out of any clouds that venture too close to the earth. A few miles south of Divide...
Horsetooth Rock/Horsetooth Falls
Horsetooth Rock/Horsetooth Falls
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 6.2 miles, 1 - 3 uur
6.2 mile trail near Fort Collins, Colorado

Horsetooth Rock is about 6.2 miles long and located near Fort Collins, Colorado. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This is one of my all time favorite trails to hit near Fort Collins! It's close and can provide some spectacular views as well as a great workout!! You can add on a little distance and during a few months of...
Deer Creek Canyon Park Mountain Bike
Phillipsburg, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 9.1 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Mountain bike ride southwest of Denver

Directions: Take I-70 West to C-470 East. Take the Wadsworth Boulevard exit. Turn right off of the exit and then turn right at the first light, Deer Creek Canyon road. Go about 2 miles to a stop sign, turn left and continue past the South Valley park trail head. In less than a mile from the South Valley park trail head, turn left onto Grizzly Drive....
North Table Mountain Park Mountain Bike Guide
North Table Mountain Park Mountain Bike Guide
Golden, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 6.1 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Relatively new trail system near Golden. A good trail if you want something short and relatively easy.

This is a relatively new trail system just built north of downtown Golden. It is fairly short and nontechnical but does offer a climb and some singletrack. It's a good ride if you are short on time and want something easy. Directions to trailhead: From west Denver, drive 12 miles on 6th Avenue going west. At the intersection of 6th Ave, CO-58 and...
Maja Falls
Maja Falls
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 8.0 miles, Een halve dag
Hidden Beauty Along “Ring the Peak” Trail

This is a beautiful section of the “Ring the Peak” trail system. The distance from Horsethief Falls trailhead to Putney Gulch trailhead is 4 miles. You can begin at either end; both are easily accessible to cars. The Putney Gulch location is also used for camping, and there are several good camping spots along the trail if you want to do more than...
Gem Lake - Estes Park
Gem Lake - Estes Park
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 1.8 miles, 1 - 3 uur

Gem Lake is a great little hike with some awesome free views of Estes Park. The hike starts just outside of Estes up Devils Gulch Road. Turn on to Lumpy Ridge Road and park in the lot. All the pictures were taken at the start of March.
Browns Creek Waterfall
Browns Creek Waterfall
Nathrop, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 6.1 miles, 1 - 3 uur
A pleasant hike to a beautiful waterfall

This guide is brought to you by ColoradoKeith.com This is a very fun hike to a spectacular waterfall. The hike has plenty of variety that will keep your interest including meadows, pine, and aspen forest. You will be treated to many views of Mt Antero, and even get to test your balance by crossing Browns Creek via small log bridges. The usage...
Spruce Mountain Trail Loop
Spruce Mountain Trail Loop
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Makkelijk: 5.0 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Colorado Butte With a Beautiful View

Just east of the Rampart Range section of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains the plains limestone buttes rise randomly across the plains. One of the largest of these rocky islands is Spruce Mountain, situated west of I-25 and north of the small town of Palmer Park, CO. Spruce Mtn. provides a delightful opportunity to enjoy views of Pikes Peak, Rampart...
Mt Herman
Mt Herman
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 2.2 miles, 1 - 3 uur
Monument Colorado's Topological Highpoint

Monument, CO, is about 10 miles north of Colorado Springs, straddling I-25 today as it straddled the Rio Grande Railroad when it was founded in 1872. As Pike’s Peak dominates the skyline west of Colorado Springs, Mt Herman rises majestically from the plain on which Monument rests. For those who like their mountains accessible and their hikes manageable,...
Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 3.9 miles, 1 - 3 uur
3.9 mile trail near Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Hanging Lake is about 3.9 miles long and located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-4 hours. The trail is very steep with many large rocks/steps. A little work and you will find yourself at one of Colorado's most visited and beautiful short hikes!
Engineer Pass 4x4 Road
Engineer Pass 4x4 Road
Ouray/Lake City, Colorado, United States
 
Gematigd: 19.6 miles, Een halve dag
An exciting trail that’s great for new and experienced drivers alike.

This trail, combined with Cinnamon Pass, constitutes the famous Alpine Loop. It is an exhilarating trip for drivers of all experience levels. There are many mines and points of historical interest along the route. The east side of the trail follows Henson Creek where you’ll find excellent places to camp and fish. For current conditions, contact the...