Guidebook

Top Picks: Easy Hiking and Mountain Biking near Denver

With such diversity of trails around Denver, easy adventures include everything from after-work jaunts to a 14er summit.

Description

Set at the foot of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is close to an unbelievable wealth of adventures. Within an hour’s drive from the city, you can find everything from relaxed hikes in the foothills to committing treks in the alpine. There are so many to choose from, in fact, that narrowing down the choice of where to go can seem overwhelming... especially if you are worried about getting in over your head on a trail that might be too tough.

Luckily, there are plenty of easy yet rewarding hikes and rides—you just have to know where to go. Here’s a list of beginner and family-friendly adventures that offer a satisfying taste of the Front Range. On these trails, you’ll encounter mountain vistas, city skyline views, historic sites, flowing rivers, lush forests, rock formations, wildlife, wildflowers, and more. There’s even a 14,000-foot summit in the mix. Check them out and find the one that’s right for you.

Waterton Canyon
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Waterton Canyon

4 - 5 hrs
20.2 km
219 m
219 m
Easy hike or jog beside a swift river in a forested gorge with plentiful wildlife.
Easy
Private
Coyote Song and Swallow Trail Loop
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Coyote Song and Swallow Trail Loop

Denver
0 - 1 hrs
3.4 km
60 m
60 m
Relaxed stroll among enchanting rock formations in rolling meadows.
Easy
Private
South Valley Loop
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South Valley Loop

Denver
5.9 km
187 m
186 m
A quick after-work ride near Littleton, or a fun test for riders trying to step up their skills.
Easy
Private
Castle Trail West to Mount Falcon Tower Loop
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Castle Trail West to Mount Falcon Tower Loop

0 - 1 hrs
3.9 km
120 m
121 m
Find the views atop Mount Falcon and a historic "Castle" in the hills above Denver.
Moderate
Private
Castle Trail West Loop

Castle Trail West Loop

3.4 km
75 m
83 m
Family-friendly biking loop on Mount Falcon, featuring "The Castle" ruins and mountaintop views..
Easy
Private
Panorama Point Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Panorama Point Trail

1 - 2 hrs
4.5 km
199 m
186 m
Hiker-only trail to an overlook of the Rocky Mountains at a bouldery outcrop.
Moderate
Private
Green Mountain/Rooney Valley Loop
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Green Mountain/Rooney Valley Loop

Denver
8.5 km
283 m
283 m
Quick ride to the top of Green Mountain, then back down on fun and scenic trails.
Moderate
Private
Mount Evans Summit Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Evans Summit Trail

0 - 1 hrs
0.9 km
36 m
36 m
Test your legs and lungs above 14,000 feet on this short hike to one of Colorado's highest summits.
Moderate
Private