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Hiking to castle ruins in Denver, CO

Mount Falcon via Castle Trail Date Hiked: February 11, 2018 Length: 7.9 mi Elevation Gain: 1669 ft Starting Elevation: 6060 Difficulty: Intermediate Distance from Denver: 30 min Sarah’s Ranking: 8/10 Total Hike Time: 3.5 hrs Parking: free, large lot Best Time: early spring to late fall Features: castle ruins, views Additional Information: All Trails About the Area: Mount Falcon is located in Morrison, CO, just south of the Red Rocks AmphitheaterΒ and marks the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. Mount Falcon contains numerous hiking trails, among the most popular, the Castle Trail, leads to the ruins of the Walker Mansion. Because of its popularity, this is a year-round, heavily trafficked trail that is both bicycle and dog-friendly. There are numerous benches, picnic tables, and covered areas along the trail as well as a few informational signs. The Walker Mansion was a large, stone home that was built in 1909. It…

South Table Mountain: A Quick Hike Near Denver

South Table Mountain Hike, Golden, CO Date Hiked: January 28, 2018 Length: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1023 ft Starting Elevation: 5800 ft Difficulty: Easy Distance from Denver: 25 min Sarah’s Ranking: 7/10 Total Hike Time: 2-3 Hours Parking: free, small lot (4-5 cars) Best Time: Sunny Day, Anytime Features: Views of Golden Additional Information: All Trails About the Area: Golden, CO is known to be a hub for beer drinkers (Coors Brewery), college students (Colorado School of Mines), and outdoor enthusiasts. There are countless hikes and outdoor activities nearby including Red Rocks, Dinosaur Ridge, Lookout Mountain, North Table Mountain, South Table Mountian, and much much more. The views from all of these hikes are different in their own way and people come from miles around to just get a glimpse. South Table Mountain itself is quite the hike! In my opinion, the best short hike near Denver. It is…

The Easiest Rocky Mountain Waterfall Hike: Estes Park, CO

Alberta Falls via Glacier Gorge Trail, CO Date Hiked: November 4, 2017 Length: 1.6 Miles Elevation Gain: 219 ft Starting Elevation: 9180 ft Difficulty: Easy Distance from Denver: 2 Hours Sarah’s Ranking: 7/10 Total Hike Time: 1 Hour Parking: Medium Lot, Entrance Fee Best Time: Late Spring to Mid Autumn Features: Waterfall, Views of Valley Additional Information: All Trails About the Area: The Rocky Mountain National Park is completely and utterly GIANT. There is so much to see and do it can be incredibly overwhelming. However, after hiking numerous hikes and checking out countless destinations in the park, I can easily say that Alberta Falls is among my top Rocky Mountain National Park hikes. To begin with, the hike itself is straightforward and easy. It is quick with a spectacular reward. My only regret was not checking the weather before we hit the trail. The trailhead is just outside…

Hiking Bear Lake, CO

Bear Lake Trail, CO Date Hiked: November 4, 2017 Length: 0.7 Miles Elevation Gain: 39 ft Starting Elevation: 9510 ft Difficulty: Easy Distance from Denver: 2 Hours Sarah’s Ranking: 6/10 Total Hike Time: 30 Minutes Parking: Large lot, Park Entrance Fee Best Time: Late spring to mid-autumn Features: Lake Additional Information: All Trails About the Area: Bear Lake is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park at the entrance just outside of Estes Park, CO. This is, perhaps, one of my favorite locations of the Rocky Mountain National Park. The roads are incredibly well maintained and nearly all paved. Most trailheads (especially the popular ones) have nice large parking lots and the trails themselves are large, well maintained, and easily accessible. These trails are a beautiful 2-hour drive from Denver, perfect for a day hike. At the beginning of the hike, there are large bathrooms and a small ranger…

Where to Find Dinosaurs near Denver, CO

Hiking Dinosaur Ridge Date Hiked: November 11, 2017 Length: 1.1 Miles (add 8+ miles for Dakota Ridge) Elevation Gain: 210 ft Starting Elevation: 5960 ft Difficulty: Easy Distance from Denver: 20 Minutes Sarah’s Ranking: 8/10 Total Hike Time: 1 hour Parking: Small Lot, Free Best Time: Non-Windy Day, No Snow Features: Dinosaur tracks and bones, view Additional Information: All Trails About the Area: Dinosaur Ridge is the best place to find dinosaurs near Denver, CO. It is located near the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, and is a fun, easy, and educational hike. The ridge itself starts and ends with a small parking area and information center; one of which is at the entrance of the Red Rocks Amphitheater. The entire hike is on an abandoned asphalt road with numerous interpretive signs at each location of interest including dinosaur tracks, dinosaur bones, various fossils, and numerous geologic formations and…