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Jasper Lake requires a 5.5-mile (one-way) hike into the mountainous, wildflower-laden Indian Peaks Wilderness. Just 40 minutes outside of Boulder Colorado and about 1hr 15 minutes from Denver, the trail to Jasper Lake gets its start at the Hessie Trailhead. Travel an additional mile beyond Jasper to see Devils Thumb, a striking rock formation that looms above Devil’s Thumb Lake. Explore the full Jasper Lake hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.


Trail Snapshot: Jasper Lake Trail
Hike Distance 11 Miles Round Trip
Difficulty Difficult
Duration Approx 6-7 hrs
Trail Type Out and Back
Starting Elevation 8642′
Elevation Gain Approx +2175′
Seasons May through Sept.
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of Jasper Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness
Denver Drive Time 1 hr 15min
Driving Directions to Hessie Trailhead Click for Google Map
partly cloudy
38% humidity
wind: 7mph W
H 58 • L 40
62°
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Long Lake offers an easy 1.5 mile loop hike in Indian Peaks Wilderness. Located about 1 hour West of Boulder, Colorado, Long Lake is an easy-to-access alpine lake with stunning scenery. It’s a popular spot, especially in the Summer months, so be sure to read the details on access fees and the notes below on the Long Lake Trailhead. Explore the full trail profile for trail maps, driving directions to Long Lake and more.


Long Lake in Indian Peaks – Trail Snapshot
Hike Distance 0.6 mile or 1.5 miles
Difficulty Easy
Duration Approx 1 hr
Trail Type Out and Back & Loop
Starting Elevation 10,500′
Elevation Gain Approx +100′
Seasons Mid-June to Mid-Oct. Depending on Weather
Dogs Dog Prohibited in Brainard Rec. area and on Jean Lunning and Pawnee Pass Trails
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of Long Lake Area in Indian Peaks
Denver Drive Time 1hr 30min
Driving Directions to Meyer Homestead Trailhead Click for Google Map
Activities Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, photography
Parking & Trailhead Information for Long Lake Loop

Note: This trailhead can only be reached by using Brainard Lake Road, which has seasonal closures. Because the Brainard Lake Recreation area is extremely popular, this entrance road experiences high amounts of traffic during weekends on the Summer. See the USFS page for details. For Brainard Lake Road closure status, see the Boulder Ranger District roads page.



From Boulder, Colorado, head North on US36/28th Street. Take a left onto Lee Hill Road. Lee Hill Road will dead-end at an intersection with Left-Hand Canyon Road. Take a left onto Left-Hand Canyon Road heading West. Eventually, Left-Hand Canyon Road will turn into Indiana Gulch Road and will turn into Utica Road upon entering the town of Ward, Colorado. Utica turns into Nelson Road (lots of name changes on this trip) then ends at an intersection with 72/Peak to Peak Highway. Take a right onto 72, then the almost immediate next turn will be on your left for the Brainard Lake Road. Travel on Brainard Lake Road 2.2 miles to the entry station where you will need to pay the fee for the recreation area. As you approach the lake, bear right to continue on the Brainard Lake Road for another 1/2 mile, then turn right onto Mitchell lake Road. Go less than 1/10th of a mile, then turn left onto Long Lake Road. After about 1/3 of a mile, you will have arrived at the Long Lake Trailhead and parking area.

In the winter, the Brainard Lake Recreation area is a popular snowshoeing and cross-country skiing destination. However, all parking is at the Brainard Lake Gateway Trailhead (near the access gate). It is approx. 4-miles one-way from the Brainard Lake Gateway Trailhead to the Long-Lake Trailhead.

The Hike: Long Lake Loop Hike

From the Long Lake Trailhead, it’s an easy and short 0.3-mile hike to Long Lake. Returning via this trail makes this a 0.6-mile out-and-back trip. However, to really take in the best of the Rocky Mountain Scenery, we recommend doing the full 1.5-mile loop.

Having reached the northeastern edge of Long Lake, head south over a footbridge and pick up the Jean Lunning Trail. The Jean Lunning trail travels alongside the southern perimeter of Long Lake and offers stunning views of the jagged mountain peaks surrounding the lake. Eventually, the Jean Lunning trail will intersect with the Pawnee Pass Trail. Take a right on the Pawnee Pass trail to head east and back to the short connector trail that leads back to the trailhead.

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Ward, CO
65°
partly cloudy
40% humidity
wind: 7mph SW
H 83 • L 56
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Day Hikes Near Denver by Aaron Johnson - 9M ago

Devils Thumb Lake is located in Indian Peaks Wilderness north of Boulder Colorado and can be accessed via a 6.5-mile (one-way) steep and challenging hike. Wildflowers, alpine meadows, small waterfalls, and cascades all beckon those who have the stamina to explore these heights in the Front Range near Denver. Explore the full Devils Thumb Lake hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.


Trail Snapshot: Devils Thumb Lake Trail
Hike Distance 13 Miles Round Trip
Difficulty Difficult
Duration Approx 7-8 hrs
Trail Type Out and Back
Starting Elevation 8642′
Elevation Gain Approx +2200′
Seasons May through Sept.
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of Devils Thumb in Indian Peaks Wilderness
Denver Drive Time 1 hr 15min
Driving Directions to Hessie Trailhead Click for Google Map
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62°
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Lost Lake is an accessible 4-mile (approximate) hike to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by the mountains of Indian Peaks. Just over one hour northwest of Denver, the trail up to lost lake takes you along the course of Middle Boulder creek, a slide waterfall, a set of tumbling cascades, and a variety of wildflowers that decorate the borders of the trail, the creeksides, and the small meadows that open up along the trail. In the winter months, the trail up to Lost Lake makes for a good snowshoeing route and cross-country trail. trail (though it’s a bit steep on the way up


While we categorize Lost Lake as a family-friendly hike and a great trail to take in the changing colors of Fall, it’s important to know that the hike is uphill and demanding up to its destination. Explore the full Lost Lake hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure in Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Trail Snapshot: Lost Lake Trail near Nederland, Colorado
Hike Distance Approx. 4 miles Round Trip
Difficulty Moderate
Duration Approx 3 hrs
Trail Type Out and Back
Starting Elevation 8642′
Elevation Gain Approx +1144′
Seasons Year Round
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of Lost Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness
Denver Drive Time 1 hr 15min
Driving Directions to Hessie Trailhead Click for Google Map
67°
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Day Hikes Near Denver by Aaron Johnson - 10M ago

Chief Mountain is a 1.5-mile hike in the mountains just one hour outside of Denver, Colorado. The Chief Mountain trail travels through alpine forest, then breaks out into high-country tundra, eventually gaining panoramic views of surrounding mountains. Chief Mountain gives hikers an incredible vantage point to survey the changing colors of Fall spread out in 360 degrees below. Explore the full Chief Mountain hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure near Denver.


Trail Snapshot: Chief Mountain Hike
Hike Distance 3 miles Round Trip
Difficulty Moderate
Duration Approx 3 hrs
Trail Type Out and Back
Starting Elevation 10800′
Elevation Gain Approx +1000′
Seasons Year Round (weather permitting)
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map – Winter Click for a Map of Chief Mountain Trail
Hike Trail Map – Summer Click for a Map of Chief Mountain Trail
Denver Drive Time 1 hr
Driving Directions to Chief Mountain Trailhead Click for Google Map
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Booth Creek Falls is a 60-foot waterfall located in the Eagles Nest Wilderness near Vail, Colorado. The journey to the waterfall requires a strenuous, 2-mile hike along the banks of Booth Creek. Explore the full Booth Creek Falls hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure near Vail.


Hike Distance 4 miles Round Trip
Difficulty Moderate
Duration Approx 2-3 hrs
Trail Type Out and Back
Starting Elevation 8460′
Elevation Gain Approx +1290′
Seasons March to October
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of Booth Creek Falls
Denver Drive Time 2 hr
Driving Directions to Booth Creek Falls Trailhead Click for Google Map
fair
56% humidity
wind: 7mph WNW
H 56 • L 41
67°
Mon
73°
Tue
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The Shanahan Ridge Loop Hike is an easy, 4-mile lollipop-loop trail with stunning views of the Shanahan Ridge of the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. Explore the full Shanahan Ridge Loop hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this hike in Boulder.


Trail Snapshot: Shanahan Ridge Loop Trail in Boulder, Colorado
Hike Distance 4 Miles
Difficulty Easy
Duration Approx 2 hrs
Trail Type Lollipop-Loop
Starting Elevation Approx. 5500′
Elevation Gain Approx +900′
Seasons Year Round
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of Shanahan Ridge Trail
Denver Drive Time 40 Min
Driving Directions to Shanahan Ridge Trailhead Click for Google Map
partly cloudy
100% humidity
wind: 4mph ENE
H 72 • L 52
69°
Tue
66°
Wed
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The Tarryall Falls Trail is a short, 1/4 -mile hike across a small canyon to a waterfall that pours into Tarryall Creek. The slopes of snow-capped peaks along Boreas pass make for a majestic backdrop against the contrasting sage grasslands of surrounding South Park.Tarryall Falls draws its waters from the Tarryall Reservoir, a popular camping and fishing destination here in the high-plains. Explore the full Tarryall Falls hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure near Jefferson, Colorado.


Trail Snapshot: Tarryall Falls Hike
Hike Distance 0.4 mile Round Trip
Difficulty Easy
Duration Approx. 30 min
Trail Type Out and Back
Starting Elevation 8900′
Elevation Gain Less than 100′
Seasons Year Round
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of Trail to Tarryall Falls
Denver Drive Time 1 hr 45 min
Driving Directions to Trail Parking Click for Google Map
65°
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Ridgeline Open Space is nestled in the Meadows residential area of Castle Rock. This network of over 13 miles of trails winds through elevated grasslands and gamble oak with a backdrop of distant snow-capped peaks of the Front Range. Hike it or bike it for a quick escape from the work week. Explore the full Ridgeline Open Space hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this adventure in Castle Rock.


Trail Snapshot: Ridgeline Open Space Trail near Castle Rock, Colorado
Hike Distance 1 to 13.4 miles
Difficulty Easy
Duration Approx 1hr+
Trail Type Multiple Loops and Out and Back Options
Starting Elevation 6600′
Elevation Gain Approx +200′
Seasons Year Round
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of Ridgeling Open Space Trails
Denver Drive Time 40 min
Driving Directions to Meyer Homestead Trailhead Click for Google Map
sunny
28% humidity
wind: 11mph ESE
H 75 • L 44
74°
Sun
82°
Mon
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Tue



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The St. Vrain Mountain trail is just a 3-mile hike into Indian Peaks Wilderness to stunning views of the rocky peaks of Wild Basin. Hike up and additional 1.5 miles from the RMNP boundary to the summit of St. Vrain mountain for 360-degree panoramic views of a wildflower-laden wilderness. Explore the full St. Vrain Mountain hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more.


Trail Snapshot: St. Vrain Mountain Hike
Hike Distance 9 miles Round Trip
Difficulty Difficult
Duration Approx 5-6 hrs
Trail Type Out and Back
Starting Elevation 8,800′
Elevation Gain Approx +3,200′to Summit of St. Vrain Mountain
Seasons June-Sept.
Dogs Allowed On Leash
Hike Trail Map Click for a Map of St. Vrain Mountain Trail
Denver Drive Time 1 hr 30 min
Driving Directions to St. Vrain Mountain Trailhead Click for Google Map
40% humidity
wind: 7mph N
H 69 • L 49
78°
Wed
85°
Thu
85°
Fri



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