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Winter Park Hiking Guide and Safety Tips

There is so much to see and explore when you make your way to Colorado for your next vacation getaway. Specifically, you will want to make your way to Winter Park for an outdoor playground that is begging to be explored. Winter Park has a variety of activities and attractions that continue to make it a top Colorado destination any time of year. One of the best ways to explore Winter Park is by exploring the local hiking trails. You will find a near endless number of hiking trails that will take you to some of the best sites in the area. Of course, you will want to know all about hiking in the area before you set off. Take a look at our Winter Park hiking guide and safety tips:

Stock Up on the Right Gear

One of the best ways to be prepared for your hiking here in Winter Park is to make sure you have the right gear. If you left home without your hiking gear fret not as the area has plenty of adventure shops to help stock you up. Winter Park Adventure & Supple Co. is found right at the base of the mountain and will provide you with all the outdoor gear you need. You will be able to browse from a selection of hiking and trail running shoes, men’s and women’s apparel, hats, visors, sunglasses, sunscreen, and more. Having the right amount of water is always important so purchase a new water bottle to keep it cold. Additional shops in the area that will also provide you with incredible gear include Burton and James & Parry’s.

Safety Information

Winter Park is a beautiful area to explore through hiking with trails in the area of various difficulty levels. Hikers should always understand a trail’s difficulty level and gauge if they are prepared for the trek. Many longer trails do not have services along the way and may take you out of cell phone service. We always recommend hiking with a partner to help avoid getting lost. While there may be plenty of cloudy days here in Winter Park you may forget that the higher elevation will still keep you at risk for sunburn. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water to remain protected and hydrated during your hike. Layering up is never a bad idea either. With all of this, you will be ready to take on your next hike here in Winter Park!

Take a Guided Hike

One of the best ways to explore all of Winter Park without getting lost is by booking a guided hike in the region. Specifically, Adventure Concierge located inside Winter Park Adventure & Supply Co can help you out. They are located in the Village and offer guided hikes in the region to help you get a closer connection with the local mountains, trails, and valleys. The guided hikes offer a few different options for you to pick and choose from. The Panoramic Hike offers a stunning hike along the Rocky Mountains for an extended hike that is roughly 4.5 hours in length. Up to 10 individuals can join the guided trek where you can find 360-degree views of Fraser Valley and the Continental Divide. When you enjoy the hike during the summer months you will be able to take in the beautiful wildflowers that will be in full bloom. This advanced hike is perfect for ages 12 and up as you will have a 1,000- to 1,200-foot elevation gain. Simply call 970-726-1606 to get your guided hike scheduled here in Winter Park!

Find the Best Trails

Winter Park is full of incredible trails that offer some truly beautiful views. One of the most popular trails in the area is Jim Creek Trail that is a moderate hike through the Arapaho National Forest. Your hike will take you past a beautiful picnic area where you can enjoy a break or snack. The trail is 7.5 miles in length and will take most hikers a little over 3 and a half hours to complete. Additional trails that are favorites for both locals and visitors include Yankee Doodle Trail and Blue Sky Loop that are both moderate trails. For those seeking a challenge, Byers Peak Trail offers a hard level hike over an 8.7-mile trek. The trails in the area will make sure you have an absolute blast exploring all that Winter Park has to offer.

Winter Park Has Never Looked So Good

The best way to see Winter Park is by exploring the countless miles of hiking trails right here in the area. Make the most of your stay and book a reservation in your favorite vacation rental. Come see why Winter Park is a top Colorado destination! Contact us today!