hikes in Denver

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hikes in Denver

If you want to find a hike near Denver, you're in luck, as we share the best hikes near Denver below. The best hiking trails around Denver include fun walks in Denver itself as well as epic summits in the front ranges.

These hiking trails are also popular with horseback riders, mountain bikers, and the occasional leashed dog. The mile-high city certainly is adventurer friendly.

The best hikes near Denver cover a spectrum of sights. These hikes do more than just offer some rivers and peaks. On Denver’s top hikes you can see old castles, elk, deer, one of the country’s best amphitheaters, and even an enchanted forest. Check out this list. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Check out our list of the top hikes around Denver below.

THE TOP 10 HIKES AROUND DENVER, COLORADO

  1. Chicago Lakes (10.6mi, 2772ft, 5-7h): The Chicago Lakes hike is a stunning hike in the front-ranges west of Denver. With epic views and pretty lakes, this is our favourite hike near Denver.
  2. Grays & Torreys (7.9mi, 3520ft, 6-7h): The hike to Grays and Torreys Peaks is a popular way to hike two 14ers in one day. The route up Grays and Torreys offers some technical challenge, so this is not a route for beginners.
  3. Mount Bierstadt (7.2mi, 2703ft, 5.5-7h): The Mount Bierstadt hike is a popular introduction to hiking a Colorado 14er. It’s easy to see why this is such a popular hike near Denver, as you have great views.
  4. Mount Evans (5.5mi, 1411ft, 3-5h): Many feel that the Mount Evans hike, near Denver, is the easiest 14er in Colorado. While that is debateable, it is a great hike, with stunning views.
  5. St. Mary’s Glacier (1.4mi, 433ft, 1-2h): The hike to St. Mary’s Glacier near Denver is a great, easy hike, suitable for a family day out.
  6. Beaver Brook to Chavez Trail Loop (5.2mi, 1257ft, 2.5-3.5h): Adventure is the nature of this great hike near Denver! Experience the best of all Colorado trails rolled into one scenic walk…hills, rocks, wildflowers, animals, river crossings and more!
  7. Lair o’ the Bear Park – Bear Creek Trail to Panorama Point (7.2mi, 1099ft, 3-4.5h): This is a classic Denver Hike. Lair o’ the Bear Park provides a great hike through the forest and beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks. This walk also holds a secret: views of the beautifully restored Dunafon Castle!
  8. Centennial Cone Park – Mayhem Gulch Trail (4.8mi, 1142ft, 2-4h): Encompassing over 24.1km of multi-use trails, Centennial Cone encompasses the beauty of Clear Creek Canyon with a backcountry feel. It’s a popular trail with locals from Denver, and if you hike it yourself, you’ll understand why!
  9. Red Rocks Park (1.5mi, 394ft, 1-1.5h): Hike around, over and through the beautiful sandstone red rocks that make up the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. If you’re lucky, stay for a concert in one of the most amazing venues in Colorado! We can’t think of a better way to finish a day hiking on one Denver’s best trails.
  10. Mount Falcon Park (9.4mi, 1827ft, 5-7.5h): This challenging hike near Denver isn’t short on elevation gain; however, this trail through the Colorado woods does boast some “castle” ruins. We like to think this walk is fit to please the explorer and the history buff in all of us!
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The best hikes in Denver

01. Chicago Lakes
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10.6mi 2,777ft 5-7h

The Chicago Lakes Hike, near Denver, takes you to Colorado’s high country! The trail winds though the wilderness to beautiful… Read More

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02. Grays Peak and Torreys Peak
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7.9mi 3,520ft 6-8h

Hiking Grays Peak and Torreys Peak is a popular intro hike to the famous Colorado 14ers (peaks above 14000ft Read More

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03. Mount Bierstadt
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7.2mi 2,704ft 5.5-7h

The Mount Bierstadt hike is a popular trail and a great introduction to hiking a Colorado 14er. If you are… Read More

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04. Mount Evans
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5.3mi 1,412ft 3-5h

The Mount Evans hike takes you to 14264ft, with the route going along the West Ridge via Mt.… Read More

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05. St. Mary's Glacier
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1.4mi 436ft 1-2h

The hike to St. Mary’s Glacier is a great family day out! St Mary’s Glacier is a short yet beautiful… Read More

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06. Beaver Brook to Chavez Trail Loop
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5.2mi 1,257ft 2.5-3.5h

Adventure is the nature of this hike! Experience the best of all Colorado trails rolled into one scenic walk… Hills,… Read More

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07. Lair o' the Bear Park
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7.2mi 1,099ft 3-5.5h

The perfect example of a Colorado trail, Lair o’ the Bear Park provides a great hike through the forest and… Read More

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08. Centennial Cone Park
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4.8mi 1,142ft 2-4h

Encompassing over 15.0mi of multi-use trails, Centennial Cone encompasses the beauty of Clear Creek Canyon with a backcountry… Read More

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09. Red Rocks Park
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1.5mi 394ft 1-1.5h

Hike around, over and through the beautiful sandstone red rocks that make up the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater and… Read More

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10. Mount Falcon Park
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9.4mi 1,827ft 5-7.5h

This challenging hike isn’t short on elevation gain; however, this trail through the Colorado woods does boast some “castle” ruins.… Read More

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Yes, there are more than 10

Denver is so beautiful that we can not give you only 10 hikes. So here is a list of bonus hikes in Denver that you should take a look at as well

11. Elk Meadow Park
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10.7mi 1,854ft 5-7h

Walk through the meadows and forests of Evergreen. Hike to the top of Bergen Peak. Capture beautiful views of the… Read More

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12. North Table Park
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7.3mi 1,056ft 3-5h

Acting as a gateway, the North and South Mesas are the entrance to the foothills town of Golden, CO. Hike… Read More

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13. Enchanted Forest Trail
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5.8mi 1,348ft 3.5-5.5h

In the Enchanted Forest, the sights, smells and sounds will make you feel like you’re walking through a fairy tale.… Read More

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14. Matthew/Winters Park
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4.8mi 725ft 2-4h

Many locals hike to this trail after work or in the morning before heading in to the office. This medium… Read More

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15. Bear Creek State Park
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4.2mi 128ft 1.5-3h

This State Park has activities for the whole family and a peaceful hiking trail to escape the bustling crowds:  a… Read More

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