Best Fall Hiking Colorado
Colorado is one of the most iconic places for fall hiking. With a wealth of aspen trees and beautiful views year round, there are no shortages of fall hikes. If you are traveling to Colorado or have lived in the area for years, a few of my favorite and the most scenic include:
- Maroon Bells Scenic Loops in Aspen. This hike takes a bit to drive to since it is tucked near the town of Aspen. Aspen gets its name because of the plethora of aspen trees in the area. This 1.9 moderately trafficed out and back hike is ideal for leaf peeping.
- Piney River Falls is a 5 mile out and back trail near Vail, CO. Vail is located along I-70 and is a high end ski town with majestic views and slopes on all sides. Piney River Falls is lightly trafficed, even in fall foliage season. The bonus of Piney River Falls is the lake at the end, leaving wide open views, perfect for fall viewing.
- Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs is a difficult out and back trail. Hanging Lake is popular year round, as it has a lake and waterfalls that look as though they are hanging over the boulders and rocks. This hike is great for anytime of year. The balance of boulders, water, tough climb and trees make this is ideal hike for anyone active looking for a quick hike.
- Lizard Head, Telluride is a 7.6 mile loop. Lizard Head is easily the best hike in Telluride, with views of the town and the rockies on every side of Telluride. This difficult loop is best in fall before the ski season begins and after the many summer festivals have finished.
- If you are near the front range, the first and second flatirons in Boulder, CO are ideal for fall views. Once the fall folliage reaches the front range, the combination of trees and city views are fantastic! I cannot recommend these trails enough. As a note, the trails are very busy on the weekends so start early or try for a mid-week hike.
I hope you enjoy beautiful Colorado as much as I do. If you have other recommendations, let us know of our Go Adventure Mom facebook page.
Photo of Hanging Lake in June, 2018