5 Denver Hiking Spots

Denver is known for offering an array of outdoorsy activities. But sometimes it is hard to make the time to get out of the city and enjoy the nature around. Check out these Denver hiking spots that are close enough, but still a gorgeous mountainous setting. (Besides Red Rocks, which is spectacular obviously.)

Maxwell Falls

45 Minutes from Downtown Denver

This trail is one with a range of 1.6 to 4 miles allowing you to choose how far along the path you want to travel. Throughout the path there are creeks, water bridges, and eventually the waterfalls making it a cooler hike on a hot summer day.

Photo Courtesy of Day Hikes Near Denver

Photo Courtesy of Day Hikes Near Denver

Panorama Point Trail

40 Minutes from Downtown Denver

Roughly 3 miles in length, this trail leads to one of the most scenic views in the mountains. Panorama Point shows you the front range, Mount Evans, and 100 miles of the Continental Divide. If you want to extend your adventure even more take Bear Creek Trail to Panorama Point!

Photo Courtesy of Go Hike Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Go Hike Colorado

Chicago Lakes

60 Minutes from Downtown Denver

This trail is unique in that across the 8 to 10 miles you travel you’ll pass three mountain lakes beginning with Echo Lake and leading to Chicago Lake. Although this hike is a little more strenuous, the views definitely make it a worthy exploration!

Photo Courtesy of Day Hikes Near Denver

Photo Courtesy of Day Hikes Near Denver

Mount Falcon

40 Minutes from Downtown Denver

Close to Red Rocks, there is plenty to see on this hike. The amphitheater, the Denver skyline, and even castle ruins along your trek. There are 9 trails covering Mount Falcon that stretch over 11.1 miles. Some trails are dog, bike and even horse friendly!

Photo Courtesy of Meetup

Photo Courtesy of Meetup

St. Mary’s Glacier

60 Minutes from Downtown Denver

The shortest hike on the list St. Mary’s Glacier extends about 2 miles near Idaho Springs. Starting on St. Mary’s lake and headed up towards the glacier, this hike is the perfect summer getaway since snow covers the glacier year-round. A cool hike both literally and because of the incredible mountain views it offers.

Photo Courtesy of Day Hikes Near Denver

Photo Courtesy of Day Hikes Near Denver

Did we miss one of your favorite Denver hiking spots? Share in the comments below!

Evelyn Gallagher

is a native New Yorker transplanted to Kentucky where she graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Marketing and Sociology. New to Denver and UDR, when she isn’t in the office she can be found drinking too much coffee, exploring the mountains trying to find the best views, or plotting her next adventure traveling.

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