Today is the first day of summer so the days are longer and the snow’s finally melted, which mean’s it’s time to start getting outside more regularly. Here’s a guide to hiking Denver. If these trails aren’t your bag then you can run your own search on Panorak to filter for dog friendly trails, or beginner friendly hikes,  those featuring waterfalls, or any number of features.

Flatirons Hike

Panorak Co-Founder Dustin Hiking Near Boulder



Best Trail For Dogs: Lair O’ The Bear (About 2-12 miles depending on your loop) Maybe it’s because I have a black lab, who can’t resist jumping in the water every chance he gets, or because I love the sound of babbling creeks as I hike, but for our four legged friends life doesn’t get much better than an afternoon at Lair O’ The Bear.

Best Waterfall Hike: Hanging Lake Trail (about 2 hours round trip, plan 1.5 to 2 hours) The 3 hour drive from Denver will be completely worth it once you visit Hanging Lake off of I-70 near Glenwood Springs. For some reason the water is that aqua green color you usually only see on tropical islands. The trail gets crowded on weekends, but at least you won’t have to deal with ski traffic during the summer months!

Best Workout Hike: Chimney Gulch Trail (3 Miles, 1.5- hours) near Golden, CO will have you in shape for even the toughest 14ers in no time. You’ll gain over 1000 feet of elevation in just over 2.5 miles. The very close second award goes to the Manitou Incline near Colorado Springs, which probably is a better work out but feels more like the gym to me and less like a hike.

Best Boulder Hike: (2.5 miles, about 3 hours) Since the Flatirons define Boulder, I had to give this one to First-Second Flatiron Trail. This trail switchbacks up the first and second Flatirons and ends at Sunset rock with a stunning view of Boulder. Granted I’m a little biased because I went to the University of Colorado, but this trail is among my favorite in the entire world.

Hanging Lake Trail

Hanging Lake Trail Near Glenwood Springs, CO

What other awards would you like to see? Be sure to visit the Panorak Search page and if you don’t see what you’re looking for then select “Create New Route” to add it to the system. Or if you’ve done any of the hikes I listed here go to the Route Page and select “Add Activity” to upload your photos, ratings, and GPS files. Panorak is your playground to make what you want of it- so log in and contribute!


See you on the trails.




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