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Mary Norton
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Rocky Mountain National Park has many, many trails that lead to mountain lakes or ponds. One of the easiest to access is Bear Lake at the northeast end of the park (entering from Estes Park). The trail is an easy .5 mile hike on a flat, natural surface. It leads through the trees along the water’s edge and there are beautiful views of the mountains that flank the lake as well as the mountains that are far in the distance. - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/bear-lake-trail.html#sthash.RXlYmewk.dpuf

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The beginning of the Colorado Trail is the Waterton Canyon Trail segment adjacent to Chatfield State Park on Waterton Rd. This section of the famous trail is very popular due to its proximity to Denver and easy access to the trailhead. - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/colorado-trail-segment-1-waterton-canyon.html#sthash.tLBoNbUG.dpuf

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This trail is what anyone would expect from a Colorado hike – views, elevation, cool air, a well-defined path and wildflowers! The Continental Divide Trail at Berthoud Pass is a hike that will take you from the trailhead to above treeline offering spectacular views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Another great feature; it’s less than one hour from Denver! - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/continental-divide-trail-at-berthoud-pass.html#sthash.zjctznjw.dpuf

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Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, near Castle Rock, offers an easy hike called Chuck’s Trail. The area offers a mesa-top trail with views of the the black forest area, Parker, Cherry Creek, Mitchell Gulch and the mountains from Pikes Peak all the way to Mt Elbert. - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/gateway-mesa-trail.html#sthash.B7OcFjef.dpuf

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Silverdale Trailhead offers a series of hikes located in the beautiful Guanella Pass area just off the east side of the pass road. The area features a creek, open views of the valley, large stands of aspens, towering mountains and a scenic drive to and from the trail. - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/sporting-times-trail.html#sthash.ckqzzawt.dpuf

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The Silver Dollar Lake Trail begins at the first parking lot just off Guanella pass road (a new paved parking lot with plenty of spaces provided you get there early)- the first ¼ mile of the hike is a four-wheel drive road that leads to a second parking lot and the trail head. - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/silver_dollar_lake.html#sthash.VJTV9cOr.dpuf

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Beautiful mountains, and tundra surroundings encompass the Guanella Pass area! From the parking lot, Rosalie trail (Tr 603) heads south. The entire length of Rosalie Trail is 14 miles but just hiking a short portion of 2.5 miles keeps you up above treeline until you meet Gomer Creek and its drainage (it then heads down into Abyss Trail and trailhead). We prefer the short portion of 1 mile in-and-out just for the views of the peaks, peaceful surroundings and cool air. - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/rosalie_trail.html#sthash.uQR5U8Wn.dpuf

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Two easy Mt Falcon Park hikes from the west entrance of Mt. Falcon Park are Meadow Trail and Castle Trail offering level terrain and views of the mountains as well as the city. One of the best perks of this park is that it is close to Denver just bordering Indian Hills, Colorado (west entry from Hwy 285 to Parmalee Gulch Rd.) - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/mt_falcon_park_hikes.html#sthash.feP5krTC.dpuf

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Nestled in the foothills just 11 miles west of Sedalia, sits this pleasant and surprisingly pretty trail. The south end of the Indian Creek Trail #800 in Pike National Forest offers a three mile loop trail that begins and ends at the Indian Creek Campground. - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/indian-creek-trail.html#sthash.vUmPpaCd.dpuf

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Devil’s Head Trail begins by passing through several large Aspen stands that are quite beautiful; especially in autumn. The hike continues to wind its way up through Evergreen forest and around huge granite boulders. Through the breaks in the trees you will be able to catch several glimpses of the Eastern plains. The trail is well established and well maintained. It is a popular hike site and sees a lot of traffic. - See more at: http://funcoloradohikes.com/devils_head_trail.html#sthash.LE49ntv5.dpuf
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