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    Top Spots in and near Central City

    • Boulder, Colorado

      Hike South Boulder Peak

      4.5
      6.7 mi / 2900 ft gain
      Starting at the Mesa trailhead, continue a half a mile through a relatively even grade before arriving at the North Fork Shanahan trailhead, which will take you another half a mile on much steeper grade up to Fern Canyon where you will start a much harder portion of the hike; here, you'll head st...
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    • Boulder, Colorado

      Hike the Big Bluestem Trail Loop

      4.0
      4.35 mi / 841 ft gain
      This is a great spot for an easy/moderate hike or trail run. The trail is accessible year round and can often be hiked in winter as well as other seasons. You start out at the Mesa Trailhead parking lot off of Hwy 170. There is a parking lot here but this is a starting spot for several hikes into...
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    • Boulder, Colorado

      Hike Bear Peak

      4.8
      7 mi / 2810 ft gain
      The best advice I can give you? Wake up early to start this hike.Even though the Bear Peak hike will only take you about 4-5 hours round trip, it will still be advantageous to get off the mountain before afternoon and evening storms might pass through. This is a steep 7-mile out and back trail.St...
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    • Boulder, Colorado

      Doudy Draw Trail

      4.37 mi / 433 ft gain
      Doudy Draw Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Boulder, Colorado.
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    • Golden, Colorado

      Hike South Table Mountain

      4.0
      3.3 mi / 1500 ft gain
      Want to see a rainbow? Possibly some coyotes or other Colorado wildlife?This hike is full of twists and turns, mostly involving the trail, but also in surprises along the way.Drive into downtown Golden (grab some food if you're hungry) and then park at the base of the Golden Summit trail. Startin...
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    • Boulder, Colorado

      Watch Sunset from the Lost Gulch Overlook

      From Boulder, drive west on Baseline road.  Continue up for about 5.5 miles past the Flagstaff Summit (Realization Point) pull off.  After some more steep and very tight switchbacks there will be a dirt parking lot on the north side of the road.  From here you can head northwest towards the cliff...
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    • Idaho Springs, Colorado

      Camp at Guanella Pass

      4.5
      This is a beautiful campground that serves as a great basecamp for many different outdoor activities in the Front Range. Whether you are looking for a casual day fishing or trying to knock one of the nearby 14ers off of your bucket list, this is an excellent place to begin. There are also abandon...
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    • Evergreen, Colorado

      Pence Park's Independence Mountain Trail

      4.4
      2.09 mi / 869 ft gain
      Pence Park, part of the Denver Mountain Parks system, is nestled between the mountain communities of Indian Hills and Kittredge on Myers Gulch Road. It's one of those places I always drove right past without bothering to check it out. From the road, it looks the same as any other place in the foo...
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    • Boulder, Colorado

      Hike the Flatirons Vista Loop Trail

      4.7
      3.3 mi
      From the parking lot, take South Flatiron Vista Trail for 2.4 miles, where you'll cross onto North Flatiron Vista Trail. In 1 mile, take the connector trail back to the trailhead. To shorten the loop to 2 miles, hike South Flatiron for just 1 mile to Prairie Vista Trail, which leads back to the c...
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    • Boulder, Colorado

      Mountain Bike the Betasso Preserve

      4.0
      3.3 mi / 564 ft gain
      The Betasso Preserve features two loop trails that are accessible to both hikers and mountain bikers.  Drive up (west) Boulder Canyon about 15 minutes outside of Boulder and turn right (north)  on Sugarloaf Dr.  After another 5 or so minutes you'll see a sign on the right-hand (northeast) side of...
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    • Evergreen, Colorado

      Maxwell Falls

      3.4
      3.95 mi / 928 ft gain
      Located just outside of Evergreen, this beginner hike is a great escape from the city for a few hours. There are three different options to hike to the falls: Maxwell Falls Lower Trail (4 miles), Upper Maxwell Falls Trail (1.1 miles), and Maxwell Falls Bluffs Cliffside Trail Loop (5 miles). On th...
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    • Golden, Colorado

      Argos Trail & Magic Mountain Trail Loop

      5.0
      1.91 mi / 397 ft gain
      Argos Trail & Magic Mountain Trail Loop is a scenic loop that's great for stretching your legs in Apex Park near Golden Colorado. This trail is fun for the family (baby carrier needed for families with newborns) and for your pup (on-leash). NOTEOdd days of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) are...
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    • Dillon, Colorado

      Bakerville Scenic Snowshoe/XC Ski Trek

      4.0
      In summer, Stevens Gulch Road, the access point to Grays Peak and Torreys Peak, is typically packed with adventurers intent on summiting a 14er or two. Once the snow comes, this unmaintained road becomes impassible, and the once busy lane transforms into a silent and pristine haven for snowshoers...
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    • Boulder, Colorado

      Hike the Tenderfoot Trail

      4.3
      2.1 mi / 400 ft gain
      From Chautauqua Park in Boulder, follow Baseline Road west (if you are driving up the mountain, you are golden). Drive 3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road and look for the sign for Realization Point on your right. It’s a little tricky to see from the road, so keep an eye on your odometer. The trail star...
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    • Silver Plume, Colorado

      Grays and Torreys Peaks

      4.3
      7.97 mi / 3458 ft gain
      At about an hour's drive from Denver, Grays Peak (14,270 ft./4338m) and its sister mountain, Torreys Peak (14,267 ft./4337m), are two of the most popular 14ers in the state. Because of this, a wealth of information is available on the internet. Rather than go into all the details of the technical...
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    • Silver Plume, Colorado

      Torrey's Peak via Kelso Ridge

      5.0
      5.79 mi / 2982 ft gain
      The start of this route up the Kelso Ridge is the same as doing the standard route of Gray's and Torrey's peaks. From the trailhead cross the large metal bridge and continue on the great trail as it slowly climbs away from the parking lot and trailhead. This first section is not steep, but prov...
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