Guidebook

Best After Work Hikes near Denver, Colorado

Though the bulk of the Rocky Mountains are rather far from the city, Denver has plenty of options for a quick escape into the foothills. These trails do not disappoint!

Description

Denver, Colorado is a well-known gateway to the Rocky Mountains. One of many assets spurring the growth of the city and its metro-area suburbs is access to the outdoors. The 14,000-foot peaks, blue alpine lakes, trails among them, and vistas over them are spectacles commonly associated with Denver. The postcard image of the city shows an urban skyline against a mountain backdrop, making the wilderness seem close at hand. The mountains are indeed nearby, but not near enough for most people to reach on a typical weekday, however.

What you may not realize unless you live in Denver is, to reach the quintessential Rocky Mountain scenery, you have to drive an hour or more... and maybe much more depending on traffic and your location in the metro area. Luckily, there are great trails in the foothills, close enough to the city to make a short day trip.

On these trails, you’ll find panoramas over the city and views to peaks of the Rockies. You’ll encounter up close the impressive rock formations, flowing creeks, colorful flora, and local wildlife of the Denver area. Though a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park may have to wait until a weekend, you can enjoy any of these nearby adventures before or after work, any day of the week, at any time of year.

Grant Terry Trail
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Grant Terry Trail

0 - 1 hrs
3.0 km
25 m
25 m
Shady stroll along the creek—great for cooling off on a hot day.
Easy
Private
Golden Cliffs Loop
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Golden Cliffs Loop

Denver
0 - 1 hrs
2.8 km
189 m
176 m
Climb to the panoramic top of North Table Mountain near Golden.
Difficult
Private
Hayden Trail Green Mountain Loop
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Hayden Trail Green Mountain Loop

Denver
1 - 2 hrs
5.2 km
187 m
188 m
Scenic open space near the city—perfect for before or after work outings.
Moderate
Private
Castle Trail and Turkey Trot Loop

Castle Trail and Turkey Trot Loop

Denver
1 - 2 hrs
5.3 km
249 m
249 m
Mountainside hike next to Red Rocks Park with wide-open views over the Amphitheater and downtown Denver.
Moderate
Private
Bill Couch Mountain via Meadowlark Trail

Bill Couch Mountain via Meadowlark Trail

Denver
2 - 3 hrs
11.1 km
444 m
444 m
Scenic jaunt to a Denver area summit, mostly on hiker-only trails.
Moderate
Private
Mount Morrison Trail
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Mount Morrison Trail

Denver
2 - 3 hrs
5.2 km
596 m
567 m
A tough ascent to the highpoint over Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Severe
Private