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12 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone Around Denver Should Take

As the grass grows greener and the sun burns hotter, all I can think about is getting out on the trails, but I don’t always have time for a 6 mile hike. These 12 trails range from easy strolls to more strenuous climbs, but they have one thing in common: They are all under 5 miles. Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range, the glorious geological wonders of a canyon, pristine alpine lakes and meadows, and of course, local wildlife. For big payoffs without the mileage, try these 12 hikes near Denver that will not disappoint.

Did we miss any fabulous hikes under 5 miles near Denver that you love? Let us know in the comments.

R. Phillips
Exploring the wilds of Denver, Colorado, and beyond.