101 of the Most Beautiful Hikes in Colorado Gives us Quite the Summer Bucket List

"Our great state is home to arguably some of the most spectacular and diverse hikes in the country, and is a big part of summer weekends for Coloradans all across the state." -Sarah Stapley, 303 Magazine

Stapley, S. (2016, May 25). 101 Of The Most Beautiful Hikes In Colorado. 303 Magazine. Retrieved From

Looking for some great hikes this summer? This article may be able to help. "101 Of The Best Hikes In Colorado" provides us with a summer bucket list of hikes that could keep you entertained for years to come. We all know that Colorado is a mecca for outdoor recreation, especially hiking. Our beautiful state provides us with numerous opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. We have everything from desert to high alpine lakes and waterfalls and everything in between. This list may seem large but is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hiking opportunities in this beautiful place we call home. In the spirit of this article, we have put together our top ten list of day hikes in Grand County.

  1. Byers Peak Trail: This 8.5-mile strenuous hike takes you to the top of 12,804 foot Byer's Peak which dominates the backdrop of the Fraser Valley.
  2. Cascade Creek Trail to Crater Lake: A very long day hike at 14 miles, this route is better as a backpack, but the reward is unmatched. A spectacular view of Lone Eagle Peak and Crater Lake await you in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
  3. Devil's Thumb Trail: A jagged spire sits atop the Continental Divide and can be accessed by this 7-mile strenuous hike.
  4. Columbine Lake Trail: This 7.3-mile moderate hike takes you into the Indian Peaks Wilderness where beautiful Columbine Lake awaits your arrival.
  5. Continental Divide Trail to Mt. Flora: Your fix for high-alpine trekking, Mt. Flora is a moderate day hike that stays true to the Continental Divide almost the whole way.
  6. East Inlet Trail: A short out-and-back, East Inlet leads to Adams Falls within the first quarter mile. Keep hiking for another two miles past the waterfall for unparalleled views into Rocky Mountain National Park.
  7. Baker Gulch to Bowen Lake: A difficult 20-mile loop, this trek is most commonly backpacked. Check it out for unrivaled views of the Never Summer Wilderness Area.
  8. Lost Lake Trail: A 2-mile out-and-back, Lost Lake can be accessed from 4-Wheel-Drive roads off of Stillwater Pass north of Grand Lake.
  9. Second Creek Trail to the Twin Cones: Starting on Berthoud Pass, the Second Creek Trail leads into the high alpine tundra. Follow the moderate route to the Twin Cones for amazing panoramic views of the Continental Divide and Winter Park Ski Resort.
  10. East Shore Trail: Paralleling Shadow Mountain Lake, the East Shore Trail does not disappoint with continuous lake views and backdrops of the Continental Divide as it meanders north of Grand Lake.