Trailhead: West Parking Lot Trailhead (this will be the second trailhead that you get to) Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking Closest City / Town: Evergreen, Colorado Driving Directions: Travel south of Evergreen on Highway 73. Turn west (right) on Buffalo Park Road, approximately 1 mile to the east parking lot. A second parking lot is located another 1/2 mile along Buffalo Park Road on the right-hand side of the road. Motorized vehicles are confined to the parking areas and roadways. We recommend parking at the west parking lot, which contains better restrooms and more parking than the east lot. Hiking Distance: 2.9 miles (roundtrip) Description: Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park has hiking (and biking) options for just about anyone. The various trails rollercoaster, and rarely will you find yourself on a prolonged incline or downhill. The park contains 770 acres of open space. Ever since Evergreen was settled, the four rock formations called “The Three Sisters” and “The Brother” have been landmarks, providing spectacular views of the Bear Creek Basin and beyond. Over 10 miles of trail lead you around the Three Sisters and up to The Brother and connect to Evergreen Recreation District property. Our favorite adventure begins at the west parking lot. Jefferson County Open Space […]
Trailhead: Activities: Hiking Closest City / Town: Indian Hills Driving Directions: From the junction of C-470 and US-285, head southwest on US-285 S Continue west on US-285 for 4.2 miles Exit right onto County Road 120 (aka Parmalee Gulch Road) Continue on Parmalee Gulch Road for approximately 4.3 miles The trailhead will be on your left (west) at the very top of the hill; look for a large gravel parking lot. Hiking Distance: ~3.3 miles (roundtrip) Description: Cross over to the east side of Parmalee Gulch Road from the trailhead. Continue on the Bear Creek Trail for 1.2 miles until you reach your first trail intersection. Hang a left at the junction onto the West Ridge Loop Trail. You’ll stay on the West Ridge Loop Trail for just under a mile until you reach your next intersection. Don’t miss out on the incredible views to the west. Take a left at the next intersection and remain on the West Ridge Loop Trail. After another .8 miles, take a right and follow the Bear Creek Trail back to the trailhead. Other Information: This loop offers some fantastic views of the Mount Evans Wilderness Area and Mount Evans to the west. Take your time and […]
We’re excited to announce a new partnership between The Colorado Hiker and Nomad Colorado. Over the upcoming months, all of the content on this website will be transferred to Nomad Colorado. The content of this page has already been transferred and can be found on the Deer Creek Trail page on Nomad Colorado. Happy trails!
We’re excited to announce a new partnership between The Colorado Hiker and Nomad Colorado. Over the upcoming months, all of the content on this website will be transferred to Nomad Colorado. The content of this page has already been transferred and can be found on the Lost Lake Trail page on Nomad Colorado. Happy trails!
Lake Isabelle Trailhead: Long Lake Trailhead (near Brainard Lake) Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Snowshoeing, Fishing Closest City / Town: Ward, Colorado Driving Directions: The Long Lake Trailhead is within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, off Highway 72, 13 miles north of Nederland, and just north of Ward. Turn west onto Brainard Lake Road (County Road 102, National Forest System Road 112). (Note: This road is closed at the halfway point to Brainard Lake from late October through late June/early July). Travel approximately 5 miles on the paved road to Brainard Lake. The Long Lake Trailhead is .5 miles up the left fork of a side road that turns off at the west end of Brainard Lake. Hiking Distances: (all distances are one way) Long Lake: .2 miles Lake Isabelle: 2.1 miles Description: The Brainard Lake area is a busy little bee during the warm season, as is much of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. However, it’s incredibly beautiful. Heading out from the Long Lake Trailhead, the trail begins its relatively gentle ascent up to Long Lake and Lake Isabelle. After a quarter-mile of trekking, the trail intersects the Jean Lunning Trail, which will take you over to and around Long Lake. […]
Trailhead: End of the Road (see directions below; please note that this is only a viable trip option during the winter) Activities: Snowshoeing, Skiing Closest City / Town: Nederland, Colorado Driving Directions: From the Peak-to-Peak Highway (Highway 119/72), turn west on County Road 130, located just south of Nederland town center, and follow signs for Eldora and Eldora Ski Resort. At the fork in the road, keep right, through the town of Eldora. You will eventually dead end into a snow embankment; this is the trailhead. (During the summer and early fall, you can continue beyond the embankment to the Hessie Trailhead & Fourth of July Trailhead) Hiking Distance: Approximately 10 miles (roundtrip). Description: This is the perfect adventure for folks looking for a gentle snowshoeing or cross country ski trip. You will be on established roads the entire time. Nonetheless, the excursion offers a decent backcountry experience — especially on the weekdays when few people are cruising through the area. The hike kicks-off by following the Fourth of July Road for just under one mile until reaching a fork. If you decide to head left, you will end up at the Hessie Trailhead. Instead, take a right towards the Fourth […]
We’re excited to announce a new partnership between The Colorado Hiker and Nomad Colorado. Over the upcoming months, all of the content on this website will be transferred to Nomad Colorado. The content of this page has already been transferred and can be found on the Brainard Lake Trails page on Nomad Colorado. Happy trails!
Trailhead: Our favorite Centennial Cone Park trailhead is on the north end of the park. Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking (Note that the park is closed during certain times of the year and due to heavy visitation on the weekends, hikers are only allowed to hike on one of the days. You can check here for additional info on seasonal closures and when hiking is allowed.) Closest City / Town: Golden Driving Directions: From Golden, head north on Hwy 93 and then take a left (west) on Golden Gate Canyon Road about a mile north of town. Travel 7.9 miles and take a left (south) on Robinson Hill Road. You’ll travel 1.1 miles and then take a slight left on Camino Perdido. Follow this to the dead end/trail head about .6 miles up the road. You can also check out this map for directions. Hiking Distance: 12 miles (roundtrip) Description: Centennial Cone Park provides a near-backcountry experience, with a 12-mile trail loop that challenges stamina, offers sweeping views of Clear Creek, and will knock your socks off with the opportunity to see elk and other wildlife over wide expanses. Though the trails are all technically easy, the long climbs and precipitous drop-offs might not make it suitable for some […]
Centennial Cone Park Jefferson County Open Space
Trailhead: Summit of Berthoud Pass (Parking Lot at the top) Activities: Hiking, Skiing, Snowshoeing Closest City / Town: Empire or Winter Park, Colorado Driving Directions: From I-70, head west beyond Idaho Springs. Get off on Highway 40; head north towards Empire/Winter Park. Take Hwy 40 to the summit of Berthoud Pass and park in the summit parking lot. Hiking Distances: 3.0 miles (roundtrip) – but you can go further in the summer. Description: The Berthoud Pass Ditch trail/road is not really a designated trail, but it is a well used route on the Pass for hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. This is a great trail if you are looking for something easy that can be accomplished in just a couple of hours, it’s close to Denver, and has amazing views. The “trail” starts at US 40, just north of the Berthoud Pass warming hut and parking lot. It is not marked, since it is not really a trail, but rather an access road for the Berthoud Pass Ditch and a USGS Snotel site. It does have a green gate that is visible after the snow melts, but that is the only indication of the road and trail. Individuals that wish to hike the […]