From the Wyoming border to Pikes Peak, authors Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh present a comprehensive collection of 184 boot-tested hikes. Ranging from easy day hikes to weekend excursions and even far-flung mountaineering adventures, all the trips are accessible from Denver, Boulder, and other Front Range communities.
Afoot & Afield Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park has abundant choices for everyone, from families with small children, to hikers looking for a relaxing trip, to experienced hikers and mountaineers.
This guide encompasses the millions of acres of public lands in the Denver area, including Rocky Mountain National Park; Pike, Roosevelt, Arapaho, and White River National Forests; Lory, Eldorado Canyon, Golden Gate Canyon, Roxborough, and Mueller State Parks; and numerous county and city parks.
For every trip you’ll find:
- Complete trip description and hiking directions
- An easy-to-read map
- Key information such as distance, elevation gain, and difficulty
- Highlights summarizing its best features
- Notes on which trails are suitable for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, dogs, and kids
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- Distance Up to 8 miles, out-and-back
- Difficulty Easy–challenging
- Elevation Gain 2,600' (starting at 10,000')
- Trail Use Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, skiing, leashed dogs OK
- Agency Clear Creek Ranger District, Arapaho National Forest
- Map(s) Latitude 40° Summit County Trails
This beautiful mountain valley is close to Denver and doesn’t require a drive over Berthoud Pass. There are several trails you can explore at this popular location near the Henderson Mine, but you share this trail with some off-road vehicles (all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles). Enjoy a hike of any length, and soak in the views. You can combine this hike with Butler Gulch, and make it a loop hike. The Butler half will be vehicle-free.
Take I-70 west from Denver and exit at Empire for Berthoud Pass/Winter Park. Drive through Empire toward the pass. When you come to the first sharp bend to the right, exit to the left for Henderson Mine. Continue north on the mine road until you reach the designated parking area. The road is closed at the trailhead that serves both the Jones Pass trail and the Butler Gulch trail. Travel west through the trees on the joint trail until a junction at approximately 0.25 mile. Bear right for the Jones Pass trail or left for the more difficult and advanced Butler Gulch trail.
You have some glimpses of the ridgeline as you travel through the trees. At a little less than 0.5 mile you break out of the trees and enjoy the panorama of the valley and soaring ridgeline. Avalanche runout zones are observable on the steep slopes to the west. The trail/road steepens as it switchbacks. It then travels through a varied landscape of high mountain meadows and trees. You can go all the way to the summit of the pass or turn around whenever you wish. If you continue to the top of the pass, you will see a trail that goes south. You can take this to the top of Butler Gulch for a loop hike. Route-finding is easier if you start with Butler Gulch and travel clockwise.
Table of ContentsOverview Map
Introducing the Front Range Area
Comfort, Safety, & Etiquette
Using this Book
Overview of Hikes
The Hikes by Area
- Denver Area: Plains & Foothills
- Boulder Area: Plains & Foothills
- Denver Area: Mountains
- Boulder Area: Indian Peaks
- Nederland Area
- Rocky Mountain National Park: South
- Rocky Mountain National Park: East
- Rocky Mountain National Park: West
- Fort Collins Area
- Poudre Canyon & Cameron Pass Areas
- Red Feather Lakes Area
- Colorado State Forest
- Colorado Springs Area
Best Trails For
Agencies and Information Sources
Conservation & Hiking Groups
About the Authors