If you live in the Denver area chances are you’re familiar or at least aware of the existence of Green Mountain. Its official name is actually William Frederick Hayden Park. Although if I’m being perfectly honest I didn’t know it’s “official” name till about five minutes ago when I tried to find a trail map (which I failed at by the way.) Everyone locally just calls it Green Mountain.
In my opinion Green Mountain isn’t they most exciting of hikes but it’s good for a quick (or not so quick if you please) adventure/workout for you and your dog that doesn’t take you read more...
Dinosaur Ridge Hike
I’ve been hiking Dinosaur Ridge for years and it’s one of my favorites!
If you call yourself a native/honorary native and you’ve never been to Dinosaur Ridge you must immediately be revoked of your title. Everyone’s been there! If you’re like me, particularly as a child with your parents and on school field trips. It’s super close to Denver, in the Morrison/Redrocks area and it involves freaking dinosaurs. There’s no excuse.
If you aren’t familiar with Dinosaur Ridge, it’s where you can find fossils and footprints read more...
It’s in Corwina Park, just past Lair O’ The Bear in Morrison. I absolutely love this hike! For the first portion you are hiking through a beautiful shaded forest, then it opens up to a lovely meadow. There are lush trees, grass, wild flowers, and brooks. It’s simply beautiful.
According to “Day Hikes Near Denver” it’s 2.2 miles total (there and back) and takes about 1 hour to complete. The beginning of the hike is uphill and I would consider it moderate. Then you get to the meadow and it’s a nice, flat reward for making it up the read more...
For this adventure we went to the Chief Mountain Trail between Idaho Springs and Evergreen. You can access it from either town and the drive is lovely I might add. I found it on the Alltrails app (I frequently use it to find hikes, I highly recommend giving it a download).
Alltrails gave it an easy rating and the photos people posted on it had some uphill, classic hike lookin’ shots and some shots where it would flatten out a bit for a nice quick break from the incline. So my momma and I decided to hit the trail (literally) with read more...