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Fall Hikes Near Denver

Fall is here! I went for a hike last weekend in Frisco, and the leaves were just starting to change. That means this week, they will be at their peak. I've put a list of hikes together for you to go explore this month. Get out there before the leaves change! Note these hikes are all in Colorado, relatively close to Denver.

Lily Pad Lake, 3.3 miles, easy/moderate.

This is my new favorite fall hike. It's located in Frisco, about an hour away from Denver. Note, it did take us three hours to get back on a fun. It is right off the highway, full of Aspens, and has a pretty lake at the end. It was so relaxing to be at the lake, and I was in awe of the leaves during the whole hike. Some of the best aspens I've seen. Also, a is across the highway from one of the best Colorado breweries, Outer Range. Grab some poke tots, a chicken sandwich, and the fried rice. They also have an outstanding coffee bar, and of course great beer.

Royal Mountain, 3.9 miles, difficult.

This is another great hike by Frisco. It is steep and challenging, but you get great views of the town, lake, and obviously leaves. Bring poles if you have them, and plenty of water.

Abyss Trail, 11.7 miles, difficult.

There are many trails in this area I would recommend. You can go to Abyss Lake or Helms Lake. All are great. It is a longer trail, but totally worth it. The aspens really start to get good after two miles, so be patient. This trail is located by the Mount Evan Wilderness, just off of 285.

Lost Lake, 4 miles, easy/moderate.

The Nederland area is also one of my favorite areas to not only hike year round, but also for fall. This trailhead gets especially busy, so I definitely recommend getting to the lot super early. If you get to the parking lot and it is full, go to Crater or Forrest Lakes for other great options. That parking lot is large, so you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot. Hit up Knotted Root Brewing after your hike and enjoy the sunshine and all of the pups that hang out there.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

This whole park has plenty of amazing hikes to do for fall. Horseshoe Trail to Frazer Meadow, Raccoon Trail, Blackbear/Horseshoe Loop, and Panorama Point Trail are all solid options. They do charge a fee to enter the park. You can purchase a pass at the Visitor Center, at the Reverends Ridge Campground Office, or at the cash-only self serve stations. I would recommend bringing cash with you to be safe.

Kenosha Pass

Any hikes in this area are going to be prime. That means there will be a lot of traffic. I would not go on a Sunday if possible, and definitely try to go on a weekday if you can. The Colorado Trail off Kenosha Pass is one of my go to's for fall. You can trail run, take pictures, and if you get a couple miles out-it usually isn't too busy.

14ers: Huron, Wilson Peak, and Antero.

This time of year is still usually prime for 14ers. It could also snow 5 feet, so always check conditions and weather before you go! My favorite 14ers for foliage is Huron, Wilson Peak (the drive alone here is wonderful but far from Denver), and Antero. Also, you get to see the fall leaves from 14,000 feet up too, which is pretty amazing.

I hope you enjoy these hikes. Get out there and enjoy truly the best time of year to hike. DM me if you have any questions on Instagram @ali_is_outdoors


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