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MinesJeep
March 26th, 2009, 10:57 AM
Trying to get back into shape

Anyone got good recommendations for 4-6 Mile round trip hikes along the front range?

oldcjguy
March 26th, 2009, 11:39 AM
Eldorado canyon
Golden Gate park
hike up to ST. Mary's glacier (ice patch) may not be that far, but definitely be made into a workout.

MonkeyBomb
March 26th, 2009, 08:12 PM
Bit of a drive for you But Waldos canyon fits the bill.

ArloGuthroJeep
March 27th, 2009, 09:49 AM
This early in the year I suggest you pick up some "Yak Trax" (http://www.yaktrax.com/) or something similar if the trails you'll be on will be shaded at (trees or North facing). That snow gets compressed into some pretty thick ice throughout the year and makes hiking on trails no fun.

longboy
March 27th, 2009, 10:24 AM
A couple of good hikes that I enjoy near Boulder:
-Mount Sanitas (http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/mt_sanitas_loop_2082.asp)
-Royal Arch (http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGR228-011)

MinesJeep
March 28th, 2009, 08:51 PM
I've been to Eldorado Canyon, but don't remember any hiking trails in that area?

We went up to Fern Falls last weekend a bit of snow in the upper parts near the falls but not bad. After this week though probably be another couple weeks before stuff below 9-10k is completely melted.


I've done Isabelle glacier before, when is the earliest you can get up there with the YakTrax and without? Pretty nice looking boot I'll have to grab some def help get me out of the house earlier in the season next year.

mrutledge
March 30th, 2009, 02:54 PM
A couple of good hikes that I enjoy near Boulder:
-Mount Sanitas (http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/mt_sanitas_loop_2082.asp)
-Royal Arch (http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGR228-011)

These two are great.

There are many miles of trails along the foothills in Boulder. They start at highway 93 and highway 128 (?) with trailheads on 93 and 128, another trailhead over in Marshall, two more just before eldorado springs, NCAR, Chataqua...

North Boulder has some nice stuff as well with trailheads up around 36 and broadway.

The stuff along highway 93 should be thawed out pretty quickly except for where the drifts are.

If a trailhead is full, don't try to find a creative parking spot. You'll get ticketed.

Not sure where you are in Westminster, but the big dry creek trail and associated sub-trails will be thawed out and dried up in no time.

There are some trails on the west end of Broomfield as well. If one were to park at East Park in Interlocken, duck under 36, cross the tracks and head towards hunter douglas, go left at the fork to the first lake and back would be about four miles.

Lots of options.

-Matt

Yota
March 30th, 2009, 10:47 PM
Off I-70 at Bakersville: Herman Gulch but it would be a PITA in the winter.

Something a bit lower and easier and dog-friendly is Maxwell Falls, which is a Jeffco Open Space. It's a mild hike up to the falls and is a dog off-leash trail, which is cool if you have a dog. I don't think it'd be much fun in snow unless you wanted to snowshoe up it I guess. We usually hit that one on warm days.

scottycards
March 31st, 2009, 10:31 AM
In eldo canyon, walk up the main road to almost the top- at the stream crossing, on the south side there is a trail that goes up to the old hotel ruins (not much left) and eventually the railroad tracks (winter park train tracks). It's called rattlesnake gulch.

It's a good hike, flat trail, easy in snow, but good workout.

From the eldo canyon highway, there is also a trailhead before you get to town of eldo springs on the north isde. You can hike up into the flatirons via shadow canyon, etc. You have to cross some plains first- there's an old schoolhouse near the trailhead, but if you continue up into shadow canyon- it gets very remote, and goes up behind famous climbing formations, including the Maiden, where it's a 100' free rappel off the top- you might see climbers dangling by a thread as they descend through space. Very cool hike.

In south boulder, as you come in to town on 93, hang a left on Greenbriar (1st light as you get to bldr), follow it around to the very top where it meets lehigh street. Small trailhead there, but awesome access to mesa trail, fern canyon, and a bunch of others, all good for hiking with or without snow.

And there's always Chataqua park at 9th and Baseline in Boulder. Tons of amazing trails of all length and difficulty- the ranger station there has info., and maps are posted.

Basically, you live in hiking heaven, Mines. Tons of trails around here.

Jeff Mason
March 31st, 2009, 11:33 AM
Close to golden - near morrison is the east side of Mount Falcon. From the parking lot you can hike the Turkey Trot Trail, its 3.5 miles RT. Starts at 6000 feet and goes up to 6,800 feet where it meets the Castle Trail (about 1.7 miles). From there, you can head back down to the parking lot, or head west on the Castle Trail. If you hike another mile on the Castle Trail, you gain an additional 800 feet of elevation. Overall, in the 2.5 miles from the parking lot, you gain 1,350 feet in elevation.

I did this hike a couple of times with a pack when I was getting in shape for Philmont a few years ago. It is a great workout.

My other training hike was the Deer Creek Canyon Open Space Park down by Chatfield. You can do a couple of different trails there, I usually did about a 6 mile trip. there are a couple of steep sections that get your heart pumping pretty good there, too.

osirus82
April 2nd, 2009, 08:34 AM
missour pass it nice, little longer than your askin fer, but its up over by eagle and white river state park or something, you can make aloop from missour pass to fancy pass and loop back to the parking lot,


theres a couple nice little ponds on fancy pass after you come down from the mountain pass it has the most florcesant ornage brookies in there. i think its like 8 miles total.

zoriloco
April 2nd, 2009, 11:57 AM
I really like the hike up to Lost Lake up by Eldora Town (nest to Eldora ski resort... shut it I dont want to hear it)

Did you have a date in mind. Im trying to get something done this weekend (Sunday)

meatblanket
April 2nd, 2009, 12:34 PM
If you want to stay in Golden, try the Nightbird Gulch trailhead, which is located in the Beige Glacier (a/k/a Village at Mountain Ridge). You can take that up to a loop around Mt. Galbraith, a bit over 5 miles and about 1100' vertical. Nightbird Gulch sees a lot less traffic than the main trailhead off the Golden Gate Canyon road. It's a nice 2 or 2.5 hour hike that you can do easily on a weeknight after work, if you're looking for exercise.

MinesJeep
April 5th, 2009, 10:08 PM
Maxwell Falls would be a good pre-work workout. I'll have to give it a go some morning.

Thanks for the tips. We are finally moving out of Westminster next Friday. Bought a house off 470-Belleview in Morrison. Be alot closer to work and can maybe actually get out on Green mountain.

rubbersidedown
April 23rd, 2009, 06:34 PM
If you want to make a drive to Parker/Elizabeth area.? Castlewood Canyon is a great day of hiking. You would never guess it was there in the middle of flat lands. A pretty easy hike until you hike to the north end then climb out to the canyon rim. Walk along the rim and look down on hawks and other birds soaring! Amazing views! Five dollar per car load but definitely worth every penny!

RJsfun
April 24th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Off I-70 at Bakersville: Herman Gulch but it would be a PITA in the winter.

Something a bit lower and easier and dog-friendly is Maxwell Falls, which is a Jeffco Open Space. It's a mild hike up to the falls and is a dog off-leash trail, which is cool if you have a dog. I don't think it'd be much fun in snow unless you wanted to snowshoe up it I guess. We usually hit that one on warm days.

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:

All trails in Jefferson County REQUIRE your dog be on a leash!!! Except for specific "dog parks". LEASH LAW!!!!

Also, as a Jeffco Open Space employee and living up Brook Forest, Maxwell falls IS NOT Jeffco Open space. Get your info accurate before posting on the web please...

Whitey
April 26th, 2009, 09:12 AM
This site, Jefferson County Open Space (http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R108.htm), is a good guide to hiking trails along the front range, (depending on your definition of 'front range').

Meyer Ranch Park (http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R15.htm) or Reynolds Park (http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R18.htm) are two to consider. :shrug:

05Willys
April 26th, 2009, 11:52 AM
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:

All trails in Jefferson County REQUIRE your dog be on a leash!!! Except for specific "dog parks". LEASH LAW!!!!

Also, as a Jeffco Open Space employee and living up Brook Forest, Maxwell falls IS NOT Jeffco Open space. Get your info accurate before posting on the web please...

The maxwell falls lower trailhead says JefCo:P It also says dogs need to be leashed. I prefer to take a ticket once in a while and consider it the price of having my dog with me having fun. I pay a lot more to have fun myself (bike, jeep etc.)
P

RJsfun
April 26th, 2009, 04:00 PM
List of Jeffco Open Space Trails and Property to avoid more confusion:
http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R108.htm

RJsfun
May 1st, 2009, 02:49 PM
The maxwell falls lower trailhead says JefCo:P It also says dogs need to be leashed. I prefer to take a ticket once in a while and consider it the price of having my dog with me having fun. I pay a lot more to have fun myself (bike, jeep etc.)
P


I'm not sure where you claim to have seen JeffCo, so I snapped a pic on my way home...:P

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a162/RJsfun/P1100520.jpg

zoriloco
May 1st, 2009, 03:32 PM
The maxwell falls lower trailhead says JefCo:P It also says dogs need to be leashed. I prefer to take a ticket once in a while and consider it the price of having my dog with me having fun. I pay a lot more to have fun myself (bike, jeep etc.)
P

:thumbsdown: Ive seen and been attacked by dogs in trails then the owner will come up and say.....IM sorry,he/she has never done that before. Be responsible and respect other people.

Whitey
May 3rd, 2009, 11:48 AM
This site, Jefferson County Open Space (http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R108.htm), is a good guide to hiking trails along the front range, (depending on your definition of 'front range').......

List of Jeffco Open Space Trails and Property to avoid more confusion:
http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R108.htm

:laughing:

Geeze, thanks for the clarification there boss, duh .............















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bsaunder
May 7th, 2009, 04:15 PM
my dogs have been attacked 4 times now by off-leash dogs that "have never done anything like that before". needless to say I get a bit peeved when I see an off-leash dog in a leash required area, if I wanted to deal with off-leash dogs, I'd go to an area that allowed it.

back to the OP - all the above is good, also look up walker ranch and lair of the bear

MinesJeep
May 12th, 2009, 09:10 PM
Thanks for all the inputs again,

and since the side track. I carry a knife, hatchet and hopefully soon a gun when hiking. I have no qualms killing an offleash animal that threatens me. We stayed in canyonlands campground in Moab last week and I knocked out a lab that charged me with my tire iron. I felt bad, but I gurantee if I had the hatchet the dog would be dead. Keep your pet on a leash cause some people come prepared for loose animals. I've been bitten several times by "loose dogs" that "never" bit anyone.