3 Hidden Gem Hikes Near Denver

It’s summer and we here in Colorado love to get out and enjoy our beautiful scenery.  The thing is, there are more of us in the state to share the space.  So how to we get away from it all without the hassle of terrible parking, too much dog poop, and weaving around slow families wearing flip flops?  Here are some ideas from Only In Your State:


  1. The Sleepy Lion Trail near Lyons takes you up to the Ralph Pine Reservoir in a 5.4 mile loop.You are hiking next to the North St. Vrain Creek for lovely bubbly ambient noise and there is a meadow as well.  I LOVE a mountain meadow!
  2. Herman Gulch Trail to Herman Gulch Lake.  At 6.4 miles it’s not short (for my kids at least) but it is supposed to be one of the best wildflower hikes near Denver.  The trail head is off I-70 at Bakerville (no services!).
  3. Mount Flora Trail near Idaho Springs offers several alpine lakes on the 6.1 mile trek.It gets steep near the top, but is supposed to be pretty easy to that point.


These aren’t so secret that nobody knows about them, so start early for the most peace and quiet.  Also to avoid those afternoon storms.



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