Great Fall hikes near Denver

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Great Fall hikes near Denver

Postby WhoDang » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:59 pm

Hello all, I'm looking for a great Fall hike to enjoy my first change of color in Colorado. I'm looking for something within a 2 hour drive from Denver.

I'm mostly interested in just seeing the fall colors but any lakes or waterfalls mixed in would be great.

I was thinking about something in summit county like the Mohawk Lake but I'm not sure if there will be a strong display of color. Or Eaglesmere Lakes

I plan on doing it sometime this week

Thanks for all your suggestions!

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Re: Great Fall hikes near Denver

Postby hatidua » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:13 pm

Regardless of location, I'd suggest you hurry. I was up in the James Peak Wilderness this weekend and it's more or less already finished there....and that's not all that high in terms of elevation. The leaves that remained were in the final stages and many of the aspen trees were bare.

The wind today probably took a fair number of leaves off as well :(
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Re: Great Fall hikes near Denver

Postby Trudger » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:19 pm

I'll recommend the North Ben Tyler Trail, near Shawnee (just past Bailey on 285). My recollection of the trail's history is that a wildfire burned the area the trail goes through sometime around 1900, and the forest grew back with Aspens in place of the conifers. I drove by Saturday and Sunday and there were only 4-6 cars at the trailhead. It's not far until you get into the Aspens, but it's still a nice climb for a good workout. Didn't look to me like the leaves have peaked there, but I was driving and didn't get a great look. There was a lot of yellow.

Here's a recent thread about it.
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Re: Great Fall hikes near Denver

Postby Rich H » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:32 am

try the Indian Peaks Wilderness - although the aspen aren't as big as on the west slope you can still see some amazing colours.
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Re: Great Fall hikes near Denver

Postby DScott49 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:43 am

10 days ago when I did Holy Cross the whole area up south of Vail on 24 was beautiful. Any of the trails up by Elbert or Massive should be great right now.

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