Beginner’s Trail Guide: Jud Wiebe in Telluride

The Jud Wiebe Trail is one of Telluride’s most-loved, and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. A minute in, and you’re already getting some of the most spectacular panoramic views that Colorado can offer. And they somehow just keep getting better. How do I get there? One drawback about Telluride is that itContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Jud Wiebe in Telluride”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (whew, that’s a mouthful) was the last stop on our 2016 road trip. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but this park has crazy cool scenery, a great campground, and no crowds.  When we went in June, we were en route from Durango, but ifContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Winter hiking at Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Winter means most Coloradans are headed to the mountains to strap on skis. If you’re still in the mood for outdoor recreation but don’t want the 4 a.m. wake-up call that comes with a mountain trip, head east instead of west to Paint Mines Interpretive Park. How do I get there? Paint Mines is aContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Winter hiking at Paint Mines Interpretive Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Matthews Winters Park

Less than an hour from Denver? Check. Beginner-friendly trails with a view? Double check. Like many of the parks in the Jeffco (Jefferson County) Open Space system, Matthews Winters makes it wonderfully beginner-friendly to get outdoors. It’s great to hike, bike, or run without sacrificing views or an entire day. How do I get there?Continue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Matthews Winters Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Fountain Valley Loop at Roxborough State Park

When 2016 rolled around, I realized not only had I been neglecting this blog, but I also hadn’t gone for a hike since summer. Let me remind you – I live in Denver. Mere hours from some of the most spectacular outdoorsy-ness this country has to offer. And there I was, on my couch. HoursContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Fountain Valley Loop at Roxborough State Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Elk Falls Hike in Staunton State Park

The Elk Falls Overlook is one of the more iconic views of Staunton State Park (after Lion’s Head at least), and the trek out to see it is perfect for a beginner looking to push into longer distance hikes. It’s a challenge, but not out of reach for a beginner as the trail isn’t tooContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Elk Falls Hike in Staunton State Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: St. Mary’s Glacier

St. Mary’s Glacier is a bit of a hidden gem, and it’s definitely a hike you should do once. Obviously, it’s not hard to find spectacular views on hikes in Colorado, but how many chances do you get to hike on a glacier?! To be completely honest, this was a doozy of a hike for me asContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: St. Mary’s Glacier”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Gem Lake in Estes Park

This four-mile out and back trail was the first hike I ever did after moving to Colorado. The elevation in Estes Park is no joke, so if you’re new to town like I was, plan on taking lots of water and lots of breaks. It was slightly demoralizing that a very small fluffy white dogContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Gem Lake in Estes Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Rattlesnake Gulch in Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park was is less than an hour from Denver and offers stunning canyon views, an overlook at the Continental Divide, and well-maintained trails that are beginner-friendly. Rattlesnake Gulch is challenging because it’s all uphill on the way out, but as long as you take plenty of breaks along the way, you’ll beContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Rattlesnake Gulch in Eldorado Canyon State Park”