Winter Hikes You Can Actually Enjoy in February
Winter hiking can be a fun and rewarding outdoor activity for a variety of reasons. From the beautiful scenery, snow-covered landscapes, and frosty trees to the solitude and physical challenge, it’s not uncommon for Denverites to hit the mountains before spring for a satisfying hike.
However it’s important to take appropriate precautions and plan accordingly when hiking. Here are some hiking options near Denver that are accessible in February:
This park is located about 30 minutes southwest of Denver and offers several trails ranging from easy to moderate. The trails are generally well-maintained but can be icy in the winter, so bring appropriate footwear (hiking spikes or snowshoes).
This park is located in Boulder, about 45 minutes northwest of Denver, and offers several trails with stunning views of the Flatirons. Some trails may be closed due to snow or ice (be sure to check before heading out), but the park is generally accessible year-round.
This park is located about 40 minutes west of Denver and offers several trails ranging from easy to difficult. The area is known for its wildlife and it’s not uncommon to spot moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, beavers, foxes, and Golden eagles, among other animals that call Golden Gate Canyon State Park home.
This park is located about 30 minutes south of Denver and offers several short, easy trails with beautiful views of red rock formations. This time of year the trails are often muddy, so appropriate footwear is a must. The trail is not dog friendly, so leave your pet at home. There is also a “dog world” located near the entrance that will provide puppy-day-care as well.
Regardless of where you decide to hike, make sure to check trail conditions before heading out and bring plenty of warm clothing, food, and water. It’s also a good idea to let someone know your plans and expected return time.