With warmer days just around the corner, spring is the perfect time to get out of the gym and into the mountains. Fresh air, beautiful wildflowers, and breathtaking mountain views…what’s not to love?
Although March and April tend to bring more snow than rain to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, there are various day hikes at lower elevations for those who prefer boots to snowshoes or skis. Whether you live up north, close to Denver, or down in Colorado Springs, here are four of our favorite day hikes to conquer this spring.
Seven Bridges Trail Loop
Elevation Gain:1115 feet
Dog Friendly?:On Leash
A perfect hike for the entire family, the Seven Bridges Trail is a loop located just west of The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hikers can enjoy an easy to moderate trek through luscious forests to see seven cascading waterfalls. A perfect day hike to escape the city and enjoy the fresh, spring air.
Chimney Gulch Trail
Elevation Gain:1768 feet
Chimney Gulch Trail, located just outside of Golden, Colorado, is a difficult climb, but well worth the effort. With beautiful mountain views and blooming wildflowers along the way, this trail is perfect for the athletic and adventurous hikers. Think of it as a great weekend workout to calm your spring fever!
Horsetooth Rock Trail
Elevation Gain:1761 feet
Dog Friendly?:On Leash
Popular and sometimes crowded (but for a good reason), Horestooth Rock Trail is a 6.1 loop located in Fort Collins, Colorado. A moderate, dog-friendly trek, this trail rewards hikers with a stunning view of Fort Collins, Horestooth Reservoir, and surrounding mountains. Relax, take some photos, and enjoy the views before beginning the descent.
First and Second Flatiron Hike
Elevation Gain:1443 feet
Looking for a trail with a view of the Continental Divide, Flatiron Rock Formations, and meadows with blooming wildflowers? Check out the First and Second Flatiron Loop near Boulder, Colorado. A strenuous hike, this trail is perfect for athletes or advanced hikers, as well as their dogs. Be ready for breathtaking views at the top.
**As a reminder, be sure to check local weather forecasts and trail conditions before setting out. To stay fueled and hydrated, be sure to bring enough water and food (may we suggest some Vukoo bars?!) If hiking alone, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. And don’t let the cooler weather fool you - Colorado’s high elevation requires sunscreen in all seasons. Happy Hiking!