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Favorite easy hikes?

I've decided that we need to get out in nature more, so I'm going to start hiking with the boys. DH might not always join due to his work schedule but that's ok.

Since we are all out of shape (and I'll be packing LG too), they need to be pretty easy. Got any recommendations for my list?

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Re: Favorite easy hikes?

  • Devil's Backbone by Loveland is a gorgeous, easy hike.
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  • I am not sure of the name but there is a trail that starts at the the bottom of Moffat tunnel.  I think it branches off into a bunch of other trails but we went several times last year with the dogs and it is gorgeous and easy enough (for the first 2-3 miles anyway), mostly very gentle incline and it follows Boulder Creek (I think it is Boulder...).  Soo pretty in the Fall!

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  • Lair o' the Bear is nice.  Here is the link http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R11.htm

     

    ETA: you could always hike Standley Lake too.  They have a parking lot up here and a bunch of trails around the lake. 

     

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  • Ceran St. Vrain near Jamestown
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    Lair o' the Bear is nice.  Here is the link http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R11.htm

     

     

    With little ones we're all about easy hikes!

    Lair o the Bear is a favorite because the lower trail is by a nice river and there are options with zero vertical.  For us the chance for boys to throw rocks into a river earns a hiking spot an extra star.

    We also like to walk around the lake up in Evergreen.  100% flat.

    We often jaunt over to the Cheese Ranch because it's walking distance from our house.  Not super "mountain" type exciting but it's flat, there's a few ponds and interesting history to read about as you take breaks along the way.

     

    And you may all surprise yourselves.

    My 2.5 yr old can do 3 miles as long as it's not too vertical and we take breaks and pack snacks and water. 

    A kids hiking book I read once suggested that breaks be kept to under 5 minutes so they can recharge without becoming too relaxed.  Inertia is an issue with super little ones.  May not be as big an issue with your older guys though!

    We tend towards more shorter breaks rather than fewer longer ones.  They get cranky about getting back up when we pass that 5 minute mark! 

    GL and enjoy!

     

    Oh... and if you need a back pack carrier let me know, K? 

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  • We like Castlewood Canyon.  It's easy and it has a stream that you can splash around in.
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  • Thanks ladies!

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  • I'm a little late on this one, but there is a great easy one in Roxborough State Park that is pretty flat and does a nice loop back around to the car. 
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