As temperatures gradually warm up and flowers peek through the snow, Coloradans know what time of year has arrived. No, not springtime: hiking time.
Snow-wary outdoorsmen are beginning to dig out their hiking boots again, ready to stretch their legs across the state’s many trails. But with all those options, it can sometimes be difficult to choose which trail to set out on, especially because of lingering snow.
We’ve got something to help with that.
A new Colorado guidebook, “Base Camp Denver: 101 Hikes in Colorado’s Front Range” (Imbrifex Books), comes out this month, and with it information on just over 100 day hikes. The author, Pete KJ, breaks down each hike, giving you details on every trail, including its difficulty, how kid-friendly it is and — crucial for this time of year — which season the trail is best for.
So using KJ’s breakdowns as a guide, we selected five hikes that are best done in spring, whether you’re looking to get in shape for the summer or just want to appreciate a trail’s solitude before the hoards of summer hikers can interrupt it.
Check out the hikes on The Know Outdoors.