It’s Memorial Day weekend and Mike Nelson is calling for a comfortable 70 degrees over the next few days. That being said, now is the perfect time to get outside, hike or bike some trails, and enjoy this beautiful state that we call “home.” If you are looking to get out this weekend, be sure to check out these 10 must-take trails:
1. Manitou Incline (Manitou Springs)
No matter the time of year, there is nothing quite as satisfying as completing this butt-busting 2,744-step incline that climbs over 2,000 feet in elevation.
2. Chasm Lake Trail (Estes Park)
If you think the colors in this picture are beautiful, wait until you see the actual lake on this 8.4-mile trail...
3. Goose Creek Trail in Lost Creek Wilderness (Fairplay)
Alright, moderate hikers; this stunning 9.6-mile trail (and its jaw-dropping boulders, cliffs, and granite arches) is the Colorado hike you have been dreaming of. Just starting out? No problem! Try hiking around...
4. Adams Falls Trail (Grand Lake)
...the scenic Adams Falls Trail, which features a cascading waterfall and approximately 0.6-miles worth of walking.
5. Red Rocks Trading Post Trail (Morrison)
Come early before your next concert at Red Rocks and hike this unique, 1.5-mile trail that loops through some of the areas most ornate rock formations.
6. Aiken Canyon Trail (Colorado Springs)
Do you see this picture-perfect landscape? There's A LOT more where that came from on this gorgeous 3.3-mile loop (located just outside of the Colorado Springs area.)
7. Blue Lakes Trail (Ouray)
Let's just say they don't call the body of water found at the end of this 8.2-mile trail a "Blue" Lake for nothing...
8. Mineral Belt Trail (Leadville)
Get ready to experience Leadville's rich mining history like never before on this 11.6-mile trail that passes historic structures from the silver mines heyday.
9. Rainbow Hot Springs (Pagosa Springs)
After hiking this moderate 9-mile trail, make plans to soak all of your aches and pains away in Rainbow's delightful 103 degree all-natural soaking pool.
10. Conundrum Creek Trail (Aspen)
We're not going to sugarcoat it; the 17-mile Conundrum Creek Trail is indeed a hike... however, when you get to the outstanding hot springs (and its mountain valley views as far as the eye can see), you will realize that the journey was well worth it!