Denver’s Hiking Hot Spots

November 12th, 2018 | Posted by bbarr in Travel Nursing, Travel Tips, Traveler Tips

Attention all hiking enthusiasts – this one’s for you!

It is a glorious time of year in Colorado and PPR recruiter, Kayla Canan, gets to experience this first hand. She is living the dream in Denver, CO and is ready to share her hiking hot spots with the world!

Here are her favorite hiking trails in the Denver area:

The 4 Lakes Hike

What are the 4 lakes, you ask? Dream Lake, Nymph Lake, Emerald Lake and Haiyaha Lake. The 4 Lakes Hike starts at the Bear Lake trailhead and is about 5.5 miles. If 5.5 miles sounds overwhelming, then you can shorten it and just hike the Dream Lake which is 2 miles or hike Emerald Lake which is 3 miles.

Lake Helene Hike

The Lake Helene hike is about 6.5 miles and considered moderately difficult. This is a really popular hike that features stunning views throughout.

Ouzel Falls Trail

Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Just kidding, you definitely should. The Ouzel Falls hike is stunning and features amazing waterfalls and serene views.

Guanella Pass Trail

Guanella Pass Trail is super long but can be made as long as you like! It’s just outside of Georgetown. Did I mention it is dog friendly?!

St. Mary’s Glacier

St. Mary’s Glacier is great for all skill levels and is only about 2 miles. The hike may be short, but the views are incredible. It is just outside of Idaho Springs.

Lookout Mountain

Looking for those instagrammable sunrises and sunsets? Look no further than Lookout Mountain. Located just outside of Golden, CO.

Eldorado Canyon State Park

This is actually 4 solid hiking trails. But Rattlesnake Gulch Trail or the Eldorado Canyon Trail are highly recommended. Just outside Boulder, CO!

And let’s not forget these honorable mentions:

  • Jewel Lake (Glacier Gorge trailhead to Jewel Lake) – about 6 miles
  • Emerald Lake – 3 miles
  • Devils Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower – just outside Sedalia, CO
  • Maxwell Falls Hike – anywhere from 1.6 to 4 miles – not far from Denver!
  • Lake Isabelle Trail – outside of Nederland – about 4.5 miles

For those of you who are already on assignment in Colorado or those who are considering Colorado for your next assignment, download the All Trails app and use this as your hiking guide! Depending on what time of year you attempt these trails you may need some snow shoes so be sure to check out the All Trails app before going.

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