Best Hikes Near
Who says you have to travel far from home for a great hike? With these information-packed guides in hand, readers have everything they need for the adventure they seek, from an easy nature walk to a multiday backpack. Each featured hike includes everything about the trail: location, length, hiking time, and level of difficulty, and if dogs can come along. Other features include:
- Trail finder chart that categorizes each hike (e.g., for particular attractions such as waterfalls and if it's suitable for families with kids)
- Full-color photos throughout
- Information on the area's history, geology, flora, and fauna
- Full-color maps of each trail
Maryann Gaug is a Colorado native and the author of Hiking Colorado and Hiking Colorado’s Summit County Area (both FalconGuides). She writes for Cyberwest e-zine and for Summit County newspapers.
Sandy Heise migrated to Colorado over 35 years ago to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. She learned to rock climb in a Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) Basic Mountaineering School course and fell deeply in love with anything related to mountains. She eventually became a Senior Instructor for the same course and also lead day trips into the mountains near Boulder. She has also assisted with the CMC's Advanced Mountaineering School, teaching ice climbing and winter outdoor skills. Sandy has climbed 51 of Colorado's 54 official “fourteeners” (peaks over 14,000 feet high) and backpacked several sections of the Colorado Trail. She has explored mountain ranges around the world. At least once a week, you can find Sandy on a trail, mountain summit, rock face, frozen waterfall, or a pair of skis somewhere in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.