Choosing how to meander through Colorado during winter can be perplexing. Between a variety of sports including skiing, ice climbing, hiking and the endless terrain, you may find yourself wondering which way to go. Taking to hills by foot is a great way to see a lot so we are giving you a few trails to get you started on your winter “tour de Colorado.”
Bear Creek – Telluride
Telluride is your classic Colorado mining town about six hours from Denver. Great skiing, enjoyable nightlife and classic hikes minutes from your hotel or condo. The Bear Creek trailhead literally starts from the center of downtown and heads into the surrounding hills. This casual hike, with minimal elevation gain, is shared by hikers, cross-country skiers and fatbikers alike so don’t expect seclusion. The end of the trail brings you to a large frozen waterfall where ice climbers tend to hang out.
Hunter Creek – Aspen
Although Aspen is known for its extravagant crowds and luxury everything, planning a trip on a budget is very doable. Skipping the resort and pulling out the snowshoes for some human powered exploration is readily available. Hunter Creek is a great place to get started. From the parking lot you can choose from a variety of trails including one that brings you to a viewing deck with a bird’s-eye view of Aspen and a couple of the resorts. Bringing your dog on the trails is a great option for getting them some exercise but make sure you leash them up when seeing the enforcement signs on portions of the trail.
Bear Peak – Boulder
Whether you’re staying in Denver, Golden or Boulder, Bear Peak is very accessible and the area is a must see. The Flatirons, a rock formation landmark in Boulder, are the highlight of the park and Bear Peak is the highest point nearby. With a moderate, to somewhat steep hike, you will want good grip on your shoes or even micro spikes when there is snow or ice covering the slippery rocks. The round-trip distance hits seven miles but you can choose your own adventure as it is an up and down and not a loop.
Golden Gate Canyon – Golden
Only 20-30 minutes from downtown Denver you will find Golden Gate Canyon, an expansive state park with more options than you will have time for. A good starting point could be the Burrow trail, but get online and make a choice based on how much distance you’re looking to cover. With mellow terrain this makes for a perfect hike right after a classic Colorado snowfall.
Telluride – http://bit.ly/1OwIJKS
Hunter Creek – Trip Advisor: http://bit.ly/1QVCiS2
Bear Peak – Roots Rated: http://bit.ly/1NOERBs