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SQUARE TOP LAKES. PIKE NATIONAL FOREST, COLORADO

COLORADO

The state of Colorado is made up of mountains, foothills, high plains and desert lands. The state is not only known as a winter destination, but also a mecca for mountain climbing, hiking, biking, fishing and camping. Here, you will find four national parks - Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Great San Dunes National Park and Preserve. There are also five national monuments and a number of state parks.

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Vien and Hermann have been hiking together in Colorado for over fourteen years. But prior to getting married, Hermann has explored many miles of hiking trails and climbed fourteeners since 1980. 

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Autumn

 Hiking Trails

YOUR REFERENCE TO HIKING IN THE HIGH MOUNTAINS

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ARAPAHO NATIONAL FOREST

 

      Herman Gulch Trail – 7.5 miles

      Second Creek Trail to Twin Cones – 4.6        to 6 miles

      Silver Dollar & Murray Lake Trail – 7              miles

      Watrous Gulch Trail – 6 miles

      Butler Gulch Trail – 6 miles

COLLEGIATE PEAKS – SAWATCH RANGE, BUENA VISTA

      Hartenstein Lake –7 miles

      Browns Pass – 8 miles

      Kroenke Lake – 8.6 to 10 miles

      Lake Ann – 6.6 miles

      Ptarmigan Lake – 7.5 miles

CRESTED BUTTE, GUNNISON COUNTY

      Three Lakes Trail – 4.5 miles

      Snodgrass Mountain - 4 miles

      Oh-Be-Joyful Trail – 8 miles

GORE RANGE – EAGLES NEST WILDERNESS

      Eaglesmere Lakes – 8 miles

      Lower Cataract Lake Loop Trail – 2.5            miles

      Tipperary & Surprise Lakes Loop – 10          to 11 miles

      Pitkin Lake – 11 miles

      Wheeler Lakes – 7.5 miles

      Piney Lake to Lost Lake – 7 miles

      North Ten Mile Creek Trail – 6 miles or          longer

HINSDALE COUNTY, LAKE CITY

      American Basin – 4 miles

      Williams Creek Trail – 7 miles

HOLY CROSS WILDERNESS – SAWATCH RANGE

      Missouri Lakes – 8.5 miles

      Lake Constantine – 9 miles

      Lyle & Mormon Lakes – 7 to 10 miles

INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS – FRONT RANGE

      Lost Lake to Devils Thumb Trail – 6.5           miles

      Woodland Lake – 9.5 miles

      Diamond Lakes – 9 miles

      Arapaho Pass/Lake Dorothy – 8 to 9              miles

      Long Lake (1.0 mile) & Lake Isabelle –          6 miles

      Mitchell Lake & Blue Lake – 6 miles

JAMES PEAK WILDERNESS/ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FOREST – SOUTH BOULDER CREEK TRAIL

      Forest Lakes – 9 miles

      Crater Lakes – 6.5 to 7.5 miles

      Rogers Pass Lake – 9 miles

      Heart Lake – 10 miles

MAROON BELLS – SNOWMASS WILDERNESS-WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST

      Maroon Lake Trails

      Crater Lake – 6 miles

      American Lake – 7 miles

      Cathedral Lake – 6.5 miles

MOSQUITO RANGE, PIKE & SAN ISABEL NATIONAL FOREST

      Mohawk Lakes (Spruce Creek                       Trailhead) – 8 miles

      Mayflower Gulch – 6 to 7 miles

MOUNT EVANS WILDERNESS

      Echo Lake – 1.3 mile

      Chicago Lakes – 8.5 - 10 miles

      Beartrack Lakes & Cub Creek Trails – 5        to 10 miles

      Mount Bierstadt – 8 miles

NORTH SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS

      Blue Lakes – 10 miles

      Portland Creek Trail-Chief Ouray Mine -        8 miles

PIKE NATIONAL FOREST

      Shelf Lake – 7 - 9 miles

      Square Top Lakes/South Park Trail – 4          to 5 miles

WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST

      Hanging Lake – 3 miles

      Loveland Pass Trail – 3.5 mile

 

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MESA COUNTY

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT – GRAND JUNCTION/FRUITA

     Monument Canyon Trail/Wedding                 Canyon Trail –  5 to 7.2 miles

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 ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

(RMNP)

 

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RMNP WILD BASIN ENTRANCE

HIKING TRAILS

IN THE FOOTHILLS

 

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BOULDER COUNTY

  • Bear Peak, Shadow Canyon – 7.5 miles

  • Walker Ranch Loop – 8 miles

  • Green Mountain/Saddle Rock/Gregory Canyon – 6.5 miles

JEFFERSON COUNTY

 

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COLORADO STATE PARKS

 

CASTLEWOOD CANYON STATE PARK

 

ROXBOROUGH STATE PARK, DOUGLAS COUNTY

      Fountain Valley Trail – 2.5 miles

      Carpenter Peak Trail – 7 miles

      Carpenter Peak & Fountain Valley Loop Trail –              8.5 miles

      Carpenter Peak, South Rim & Willow Creek                    Loop Trail – 9 miles

STAUNTON STATE PARK 

     Elk Falls Pond & Elk Falls Overlook - 12 miles

     To Elk Falls - 11 to 12 miles

     Catamount Overlook, Pikes Overlook &                           Eagle Cliffs Overlook - 8.5 miles

GOLDEN GATE CANYON STATE PARK

     Coyote & Mule Deer Loop Trail - 8.0 miles

     Burro & Mountain Lion Loop Trail - 7 miles

     Black Bear & Horseshoe Loop Trail - 6.5 miles