Top Spring Hikes in Colorado

Between winter and summer lies beautiful, yet fickle, springtime weather. The high plains, foothills, and Rocky Mountains are known for wild weather, but none more so than what occurs between March and June. One day, we may receive a foot of snow and the next may invite warm sun and temperatures into the sixties. Hiking enthusiasts may struggle to find a melted, dry trail, but fortunately, we’ve done the research for you. Here are just a few of our favorite springtime hikes throughout Colorado’s Front Range.

Ceran St. Vrain & Miller Rock

Just outside of Boulder in Jamestown sits this kid-friendly, easy hike. The 6-mile out and back trail leads hikers through a beautiful pine forest and past a flowing creek. Best during spring or fall, this trail is dry with plenty of sunny exposure. At the summit of this 1,000-elevation gain trek lies Miller Rock. Scramble to the top of it for beautiful views of the Mummies, Indian Peaks, the plains, and more.

The Manitou Incline

Infamous for its 1,000 plus steps to the top, the Manitou Incline offers backpackers a great way to get in shape for lengthy summer treks. Manitou Springs is about an hour from Gunbarrel and boasts a charming downtown perfect for lunch after this strenuous climb. The incline gains 2,000 feet of elevation in just under 1 mile, making it a heart-pounding workout that offers great views from the top. 

Flagstaff Trail

Flagstaff Road is certainly a frequently traveled tourist attraction, however, Flagstaff Trail takes hikers a world away from this busy scenic thoroughfare. The trail intersects occasionally with Flagstaff Road, but its three miles and 1,300 feet of elevation treats nature enthusiasts to gorgeous views of the foothills, wildflower-speckled meadows, and wildlife galore. This trail is popular, but well worth it.

Mesa Trail

Hike below the stunning Flatirons on this easy and scenic trail. At 13.2 miles roundtrip, this trail can be a fantastic way to get in a trail run or tire out your playful pup. Countless hiking trails intersect with Mesa Trail, allowing hikers to explore shorter distances, check out a bat cave, or snap enviable photos amongst wildflowers. The pathway is wide and well-maintained in most areas, so it stays relatively clean and dry during spring’s wettest days.

Horsetooth Falls

Just an hour north sits the magnificent Horsetooth Reservoir and quiet Lory State Park. Each of these spots boasts numerous hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails that offer explorers a less-traveled experience than some Boulder hikes. Horsetooth Falls is a 2.2 mile out-and-back hike that remains relatively dry and warm throughout the year. The finale culminates in a picturesque waterfall.

There are ample hikes to be had in and around Gunbarrel for those itching to get outside and experience the mountains sans snow. As spring continues, lace up those boots and pack an extra layer in case the weather turns, like it’s known to do.

The Habitat Apartments is just a short drive from some of the best hiking in Colorado. Our tranquil neighborhood and spacious apartments are pet-friendly and close to Boulder’s bustling downtown. Contact us today to learn more.

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