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North Table Mountain – Golden, Colorado

Tilting Mesa Trail on North Table Mountain

Tilting Mesa Trail on North Table Mountain

Once you get up the 3/4 mile from the parking lot to the top, all the trails up on North Table Mountain near Golden are pretty much flat. From the top, you get views of the Rockies to the west and the city of Denver to the east.

There’s a side trail to Lichen Peak, the highest point on the plateau, and there is a full loop (part of which was closed when I was there) that takes hikers back down to the starting parking lot.

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Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

I first hiked this trail as a tourist in the summer of 2010, and now I finally explored it again as a resident, this time in the winter.

This 3.8 mile trail is is on the easy side of moderate with about 900 feet of elevation gain up to about 9100 feet in elevation. Worth checking out the park’s other trails and the yurts.

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Bluffs Regional Park Trail – Lone Tree, Colorado

Bluffs Regional Park Trail near Lone Tree, Colorado

Bluffs Regional Park Trail near Lone Tree, Colorado

Location: Near town of Lone Tree, south of Denver

Trail Length: About 3 miles, loop trail

Elevation Gain: About 250 feet

Link: Bluffs Regional Park Trail on AllTrails.com

Notable Features: An easy trail without much elevation gain. Great for kids and beginning hikers. It’s not exactly a wilderness as suburban developments edge right up to the park, but it offers nice views of the outer suburbs and the mountains to the west.

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Cub Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park

Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

Location: Moraine Park area of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Trail Length: About 6.5 miles, loop trail

Elevation Gain: About 700 feet

Link: Cub Lake Trail on AllTrails.com

Notable Features: A great longer trail right in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park. After hiking past a meadow and up a ridge, you’ll hit the trail’s namesake lake. If you keep following the loop, you’ll parallel the Big Thompson River as you circle back to the trailhead.

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Lily Lake Ridge Trail

Lily Lake Ridge Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Chasm Falls via Old Fall River Road

Chasm Falls via Old Fall River Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Bierstadt Lake Trail

Bierstadt Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Bear Lake Loop Trail

Bear Lake Loop Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Dream Lake Trail

Trail to Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Alberta Falls Trail

Alberta Falls Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.