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07-28-2012 01:42 AM
linvillegorge Chief Mountain is definitely a cool hike. Shorter than Evergreen Mountain, but steeper too. Basically the same views as Squaw Mountain, but without the fire tower. The old fire tower is pretty cool, but he "hike" up Squaw Mountain kinda sucks. Pretty much just walking up an old fire road.

Squaw would be a really easy hike, but the only time I ever did it there was about 3 feet of snow on the ground. That wasn't too easy.
07-28-2012 01:25 AM
snowklinger Good hikes in evergreen: Bergen Peak, Elephant Butte, Golden Resevoir is real mellow cool scene, also Elk Meadow is a nice stroll.

Nearby: Chief, Squaw and Judge Mountains/Peaks

Bailey: Pegmatite Points one of my faves mini tr somewhere round
07-28-2012 12:06 AM
kushman
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About 6 miles round trip with 1100' of elevation gain. It's not a bad hike at all. My wife did it with minimal bitching and she is strongly averse to any hike much more difficult than a stroll through the mall.

Evergreen Mountain : Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering : SummitPost
Sounds like it'd be perfect for me in my current condition. If the weather isn't too bad this weekend I just might give it a go.
07-28-2012 12:03 AM
linvillegorge About 6 miles round trip with 1100' of elevation gain. It's not a bad hike at all. My wife did it with minimal bitching and she is strongly averse to any hike much more difficult than a stroll through the mall.

Evergreen Mountain : Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering : SummitPost
07-27-2012 11:50 PM
kushman Damn, plenty of suggestions so far. I'm probably looking to keep it pretty mellow for my first hike, I'm a bit out of shape being a desk jockey and all, plus I don't think I'm quite used to the altitude yet, but hopefully some hikes will help me with that.


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Just across the street is Evergreen Mountain. The actual hike isn't all that, but great views of Mt. Evans from the summit.

Bergen Peak from Elk Meadows Open Space is another great hike local to the Evergreen area.
How long of a hike is Evergreen Mountain to the summit?
07-27-2012 11:35 PM
linvillegorge
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3 Sisters / Adelfer Park
Just across the street is Evergreen Mountain. The actual hike isn't all that, but great views of Mt. Evans from the summit.

Bergen Peak from Elk Meadows Open Space is another great hike local to the Evergreen area.
07-27-2012 11:33 PM
linvillegorge My favorite nearby fairly challenging hike with lots of great scenery is Chicago Lakes. Two alpine lakes at the base of Mt. Evans.

There's just too many good ones to even begin listing them.
07-27-2012 11:26 PM
turbospartan Chautauqua Park in Boulder - Royal Arch is a good, easy one. 2-3 miles each way.
Deer Creek Canyon
Lair o the Bear
3 Sisters / Adelfer Park
Mt Falcon

All of those are fairly easy, most around 5-7 miles round trip. All within 30 minutes of Denver, give or take.
07-27-2012 06:05 AM
tomtom88 There are some decent trails near the metro area that are some seriously good day hikes. My personal favorite is Devil's Thumb loop in Boulder. a good 4,200' vertical gain, and a total of roughly ten miles. I hiked it in about seven hours. A more fit individual could achieve that in five to six hours. Although I can't comment on the trail quality ever since the Flagstaff fire.
07-27-2012 02:58 AM
Fruman Living in Parker myself, if you're looking for kind of flat/decent uphill trails I would go to Castlewood Canyon which is about 10 minutes from Parker going south on Parker Road, about where you hit Elizabeth. If you're looking for more serious hiking, you'll have to go hit a 14er. There are 54 of them (if I'm correct) so you have plenty of options.
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