Monarch Lake from the trailhead

Colorado Hiking Trails

Colorado provides endless hiking opportunities in all types of environments, from arid plains to the highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains.

A good rule of thumb to use for calculating hiking times when starting out is “Naismith’s Rule” . Allow one hour for every 3 miles (5 km) forward, plus an additional hour for every 2,000 feet (600 m) of ascent.

The difficulty rating of hikes on this site are based on the conditions at the time they were traveled.

Easy

30 minutes – 2 hours, elevation gain minimized.

Moderate

1/2 a day or so, good trail, no technical climbing, several thousand foot elevation gain possible.

Difficult

Whole day hike, usually an alpine start (before sunrise), substantial elevation gain, possibly no trail in sections or entire trip, up to class 3 climbing.

14ers

Whole day hike, usually an alpine start (before sunrise), substantial elevation gain, possibly no trail in sections or entire trip, up to class 3 climbing.

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