Colorado is famous for its hiking, and Winter Park is no exception. Located in the ruggedly beautiful high country of Colorado, Winter Park is home to some of the best trails in the state. Read on below to learn more about backpacking and hikes near Winter Park!
Immerse Yourself in Winter Park’s Picturesque Landscape
Whether this is your first time hiking in Colorado or your hundredth, it’s good to know the basic requirements for our unique environment. The weather is constantly changing, with afternoon thunderstorms being a common occurrence in the summer, even on sunny days.
In the same trip, you’ll want to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, while also carrying a rain jacket, gloves, and warm layers of clothing—even if it doesn’t look like it’s going to rain. Dehydration also sets in quickly at our high altitude, so carry lots of water and don’t drink from streams, lakes, or rivers. You’ll also need to bring high-carbohydrate snacks, like energy bars and granola bars. Finally, do not hike alone, and always inform someone of where exactly you are going and when you expect to return.
There are a variety of Winter Park hiking trails suited to all skill levels. Beginners will want to check out Blue Sky and Little Vasquez, Fraser River Trail, Creekside Flume Loop, Monarch Lake near Lake Granby, and Adams Falls East Inlet Trail. These trails range from less than a mile to over six miles.
For a slightly more challenging hike, try out Winter Park hiking trails like Yankee Doodle (which starts in downtown Winter Park), Deadhorse Loop Trail, Discovery Trail and Jim Creek Trail, and Columbine Lake. Experienced hikers looking for trails that are extremely challenging will enjoy Devil’s Thumb and Byer’s Peak, which showcases views of the Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Gore Range.
Byer’s Peak is also a dog-friendly trail. Other dog-friendly trails in the area include the easy Silver Dollar Lake Trail in Idaho Springs, the gorgeous Cascade Falls Trail, and the peaceful St. Louis Lake Trail. If you take the St. Louis Lake Trail, keep an eye out for moose!