Although pretty Colorado scenes can be found along the local road or in some city parks, many beautiful destinations require a difficult hike to reach. Here are 10 hard hikes for the experienced Colorado Adventurer.
Author’s Note: The hikes on this list include long distances, steep inclines, and extreme conditions throughout Colorado’s backcountry. Hikes on difficult trails require experience and knowledge of the risks present in high elevations and remote areas. Only expert hikers should attempt the hikes on this list.
Rocky Mountain National Park Lakes (Photo) Credit Steven Bratman
Kit Carson Peak (Photo) Credit Spencer McKee
Pikes Peak (Photo) Credit Adventure_Photo (iStock)
Great Sand Dunes National Park (Photo) Credit Christian Murdock
Gore Lake (Photo) Credit Katie Botwin
Manitou Incline (Photo) Credit SWKrulllimaging (iStock)
Engineer Mountain (Photo) Credit KaraGrubis (iStock)
Rattlesnake Arches Trail (Photo) Credit jimmy thomas (flickr)
Ouray Colorado in Autumn on the Million Dollar Highway (Photo) Credit Craig Zebre (iStock)
Chautauqua Park (Photo) Credit FashionAnatomy (iStock)
Mount Elbert (Photo) Credit Leslie James
Garden of the Gods (Photo) Credit Sean Pavone (iStock)
Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.