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Afoot and Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most comprehensive hiking and biking books available. Alan Apt, author of the best-selling guidebook, Snowshoe Routes Colorado’s Front Range, and Kay Turnbaugh, author of Around Nederland, carefully describe 184 adventures for people of all abilities and interests. The book includes everything from easy access Front Range lakeside strolls to high challenging treks among the high peaks. Many trails are great for kids (of all ages)less ambitious but highly satisfying, easy gambols in the natural world. The geographical scope of the book stretches from the Fort Collins area to Colorado Springs, and west to Rocky Mountain National Park, Fairplay, and Independence Pass; with superb coverage of mountains, plains, canyons and riverside adventures.
The new edition offers much more than the first edition, with: 184 trails, many of them new 60+ hikes within one hour of Denver-Boulder 33 peak summit hikes--20 mountain summits, 13 foothills 80 hikes with options for families with kids 43 hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park 57 hikes to lakes 65 trails good for mountain biking 80 trails good for winter sports
Alan Apt has been hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, biking, and backpacking in the Colorado Rockies for over 40 years. He is the author of the best selling guidebook, Snowshoe Routes Colorado's Front Range (CMC Press) and lives in Nederland, CO.
Kay Turnbaugh, an avid hiker, biker, snowshoer and skier, lives in Nederland, Colorado. She has written three books, The Mountain Pine BeetleTiny but Mighty, Around Nederland, and The Last of the Wild West Cowgirls.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS Preface Introducing the Denver/Boulder Area Comfort, Safety & Etiquette Using This Book Overview of Hikes
Chapter 1 Denver Area: Plains & Foothills Less Than One Hour from Denver 1 Cherry Creek State Park 2 White Ranch: Belcher Hill Trail 3 White Ranch: West Access Trails 4 North Table Mountain 5 Mount Galbraith 6 Lookout Mountain: Beaver Brook Trail 7 Coyote, Mule Deer & Elk Trails Loop 8 Raccoon Trail 9 South Valley Park: Coyote Song Trail 10 Fountain Valley Trail 11 Carpenter Peak 12 Willow Creek & South Rim Trails 13 Ringtail Trail 14 Bergen Park Open Space: Meadow View Trail 15 Chief Mountain 16 Beaverbrook Watershed Trail 17 St. Mary’s Glacier & James Peak
Chapter 2 Boulder Area: Plains & Foothills Less than One Hour from Boulder 18 Mesa Trail: Northern Segment 19 Gregory Canyon: Crown Rock & Flagstaff Mountain Summit 20 Range View & Ute Trails 21 Tenderfoot Trail 22 Green Mountain Summit West 23 Marshall Mesa East: Marshall Valley, Community Ditch, Chowdrey Trails 24 Marshall Mesa West: Marshall Valley, Community Ditch, Green Belt Plateau, Flatirons Vista, Spring Brook Trails 25 Doudy Draw Trail 26 South Boulder Creek Trail 27 Cobalt, Sage & Eagle Loop 28 Left Hand Reservoir 29 Foothills Trail: Hogback Ridge Loop 30 Foothills Trail: Wonderland Lake Loop 31 Mesa Trail: Southern Segment 32 Royal Arch Trail 33 Gunbarrel Farm: White Rocks Trail 34 Red Rocks Trail & Mount Sanitas 35 Anne U. White Trail 36 Betasso Preserve 37 Hall Ranch 38 Heil Valley Ranch 39 Walker Ranch 40 Walker Ranch: Meyers Homestead Trail 41 Rabbit Mountain: Little Thompson Overlook Trail 42 Rabbit Mountain: Eagle Wind Trail 43 Pella Crossing 44 Lagerman Reservoir 45 Walden & Sawhill Ponds 46 Streamside Trail 47 Fowler Trail 48 Rattlesnake Gulch Trail 49 Eldorado Canyon Trail 50 Switzerland Trail
Chapter 3 Denver Area: Mountains One to Two Hours from Denver 51 Davis Ponds Loop 52 Staunton Ranch Trail 53 Butler Gulch 54 Jones Pass 55 Guanella Pass: Silver Dollar Lake Trail 56 Mount Bierstadt 57 Loveland Pass Ridgetop 58 Grizzly Peak 59 Mount Sniktau 60 Eastside Trail: Continental Divide Trail 61 Lily Pad Lake 62 Echo Lake, Chicago Lakes Trails 63 Colorado Trail: West Branch 64 Colorado Trail: East Branch
Chapter 4 Boulder Area: Indian Peaks One Hour or Less from Boulder 65 Middle St. Vrain 66 Coney Flats Trail & Beaver Reservoir 67 Sourdough Trail: Red Rock Trailhead to Beaver Reservoir 68 Sourdough Trail: Red Rock Trailhead to Rainbow Lakes 69 Red Rock Lake 70 Mitchell Lake & Blue Lake Trail 71 Long Lake & Jean Lunning Trails 72 Lake Isabelle 73 Pawnee Pass & Peak 74 Mount Audubon 75 Niwot Ridge 76 Rainbow Lakes & Arapaho Glacier Overlook Trails 77 St. Vrain Mountain & Meadow Mountain
Chapter 5 Nederland Area 35 Minutes from Boulder One to Two Hours from Denver 78 Caribou Ranch Open Space 79 Mud Lake Open Space 80 West Magnolia Trails 81 Arapaho Pass 82 South Arapaho Peak 83 Diamond Lake 84 Lost Lake 85 Woodland Lake Trail 86 Devil’s Thumb Lake Trail 87 King, Betty & Bob Lakes Trail 88 Rogers Pass Lake/Heart Lake 89 Forest Lakes 90 Crater Lakes
Chapter 6 Rocky Mountain National Park: South One Hour from Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins 91 Lily Lake & Ridge 92 Estes Cone 93 Chasm Lake 94 Copeland Falls 95 Allenspark & Finch Lake Trails to Wild Basin 96 Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls & Ouzel Lake
Chapter 7 Rocky Mountain National Park: East One to Two Hours from Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins 98 McGregor Ranch 99 Horseshoe Park 100 Deer Mountain 101 Cub Lake 102 Fern Lake 103 Mill Creek Basin 104 Glacier Basin & Sprague Lake 105 Around Bear Lake 106 Nymph, Dream, & Emerald Lakes 107 Flattop Mountain & Hallet Peak 108 Odessa Lake 109 Bierstadt Lake 110 Alberta Falls 111 The Loch 112 Jewell & Black Lakes 113 North Longs Peak Trail
Chapter 8 Rocky Mountain National Park: West Two to Three Hours from Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins 114 Ute Trail 115 Toll Memorial Trail 116 Mount Ida 117 Colorado River Trail to Little Yellowstone Canyon 118 Baker Gulch to Mount Nimbus & Mount Stratus 119 Holzwarth Trout Lodge 120 Coyote Valley Trail 121 East Inlet & Thunder Lake Trails 122 Monarch Lake to Brainard Lake
Chapter 9 Fort Collins Area 30 minutes to One Hour from Ft.Collins One to Two Hours from Boulder-Denver 123 Poudre River Trail 124 Spring Creek Trail 125 Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area 126 Foothills Trail: Pineridge Natural Area 127 Foothills Trail: Maxwell Natural Area 128 Foothills Trail: Centennial Drive 129 Foothills Trail: Reservoir Ridge Natural Area 130 Reservoir Road/Centennial Drive 131 Arthur’s Rock Trail 132 East & West Valley Trails 133 Eagle’s Nest Natural Area 134 Bobcat Ridge Natural Area: Ginny Trail 135 Bobcat Ridge Natural Area: Valley Loop Trail 136 Horsetooth Rock Trail 137 Horsetooth Falls & Connecting to Lory State Park 138 Coyote Ridge Trail 139 Devil’s Backbone, Blue Sky, & Coyote Ridge Trails 140 Crosier Mountain Trail 141 North Fork Trail 142 Red Mountain Open Space: Bent Rock Trail 143 Soapstone Natural Area: TowheeOverlook Trail
Chapter 10 Poudre Canyon & Cameron Pass Areas One Hour or Less from Fort Collins One and a Half to Three Hours from Boulder-Denver 144 Grey Rock 145 Hewlett Gulch 146 Mount McConnel 147 Lower Dadd Gulch 148 The Big South Trail One to Two Hours from Fort Collins 149 Green Ridge Trail 150 Sawmill Creek Trail to Clark Peak 151 Blue Lake Trail to Clark Peak 152 Trap Park Trail to Iron Mountain 153 Zimmerman Lake Trail 154 Meadows Trail 155 Montgomery Pass 156 Diamond Peaks 157 Cameron Connection 158 Brown’s Lake 159 Mineral Springs Gulch to Prospect Mountain 160 Fish Creek & Little Beaver Creek Trails 161 Stormy Peaks Trail 162 Emmaline Lake Trail 163 Mummy Pass Trail 164 Signal Mountain Trail
Chapter 11 Red Feather Lakes Area One Hour from Fort Collins Two Hours or More from Denver-Boulder 165 Mount Margaret Trail 166 Dowdy Lake Trail 167 North Lone Pine Trail to Mount Baldy Overlook
Chapter 12 Colorado State Forest State Park Two or More Hours from Ft.Collins Three and One-Half to Four Hours from Denver-Boulder 168 Michigan Ditch Trail to Thunder Pass Trail 169 Lake Agnes Trail 170 Seven Utes Trail 171 Mahler Mountain Trail 172 Ranger Lakes Trail 173 Grass Creek Yurt Trail
Chapter 13 Colorado Springs Area One Hour or Less from Colorado Springs Two Hours or More from Denver 174 Garden of the Gods 175 Devil’s Head Lookout 176 Pikes Peak 177 The Crags 178 What in a Name Trail 179 West Loop 180 North Loop 181 Peak View, Elk Meadow, & Livery Loop 182 Homestead Trail 183 Revenuer’s Ridge 184 Rainbow Gulch Trail to Rampart Reservoir
Appendix 1: Best Trails for Kids Mountain Biking Mountain Summits Lake Hikes
Appendix 2: Recommended Reading Appendix 3: Agencies & Information Sources Appendix 4: Conservation & Hiking Groups INDEX Acknowledgments About the Authors