Denver May 26, 2017
7 Amazing Denver Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
Are you a beginning hiker (like myself) who is looking for something short and sweet to conquer? Short on minutes but craving a little outdoor time? Or maybe you are just looking for something fun and new to try? No matter your answer, you are sure to love these 7 amazing Denver hikes that are each 3 miles or less:
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1.) Adams Falls (Grand Lake)
One of my family's favorite hikes is that of Adams Falls; a Rocky Mountain National Park gem that is located less than 2-hours from Denver and boasts a trail of less than a mile (.6 miles, to be exact). Word to the wise: Bring your camera -- the last time we went, we saw a family of moose!
2.) Lair o’ the Bear Park (Idledale)
If you can't make the nearly 2-hour drive to hike Adams Falls, may we suggest the Lair o’ the Bear trail, which is located a few miles from Morrison and offers trails ranging in length from 1.3 to 12.6 miles?
3.) Blue Grouse Trail (Golden)
If you thought that the Golden Gate Canyon State Park was spectacular before, wait until you experience it via the 1.4-mile Blue Grouse Trail! (Is it just me or does this short and sweet hike seem like the perfect nap-inducer for your littles?)
4.) The Dam Trail (Franktown)
For a hike that is both scenic and educational, there is nothing better than the Dam Trail at Castlewood Canyon State Park; a .35-mile hike that passes the magnificent ruins of the old Castlewood Canyon Dam. (What's so special about the Castlewood Canyon Dam? The historic structure burst in 1933 and spilled enough water to create a flood in Downtown Denver!)
5.) Devil's Head Fire Lookout (Sedalia)
It may be a short hike (only 2.8-miles round trip), but the Devi's Head Fire Lookout packs a bit of a punch with both its quick elevation gain of 1,000 feet, PLUS the fact that you have to climb nearly 150-steps to reach the top of this iconic structure... However, once you reach the top, you are guaranteed one of the most jaw-dropping and breathtaking views you have ever seen.
6.) Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison)
The next time you head to a concert at Red Rocks, make plans to leave early so that you can experience the fascinating Dinosaur Ridge; a Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark that houses an epic 1.5-mile trail that passes through hundreds of dinosaur tracks AND bones.
7.) Boulder Falls (Nederland)
Talk about short and sweet: our final trail spans a whopping 100 yards AND ends with the pièce de résistance that is the gorgeous Boulder Falls. (Please note: the Falls are currently closed for rock scaling, so please check its status before making the drive.)
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