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Bootprints Hiking Guide: Upper and Lower Boulder Lakes in the Eagles Nest Wilderness

July 8, 2017 — The Eagles Nest Wilderness Area north of Silverthorne is nearly 133,500 acres of forestlands protected in a primitive condition by Congress in 1976. The wilderness area was carved out of undeveloped and abandoned parts of the Gore Mountain Range. The Gore Range itself was named […]

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Bootprints Hiking Guide: Mount Antero, Nathrop’s hometown 14er

June 3, 2017 — Mount Antero (14,269 feet) is the 11th highest 14er in Colorado and surrounded by many of the highest. The hike to the summit is ranked in the middle of difficulty among 14ers, accessed most often by Baldwin Gulch, a four-wheel road. The area can be […]

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Colorado Hiking Trips: A Classic Summit County Trail to Upper Cataract Lake

June 1, 2017 — Upper Cataract Lake is located south of Mount Powell (13,534 feet), below the Eagles Nest for which Eaglesnest Wilderness Area is named and is the perfect trail for a Colorado hiking trip. It forms a tributary for the stream of Cataract Creek that flows down […]

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Summit County Hiking Places: Ptarmigan Peak near Silverthorne

May 27, 2017 — The Ptarmigan Trail is a great local hiking trail located east of Silverthorne, across the Blue River Valley from the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. SUMMIT COUNTY — The Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Area is 12,594 acres of forest, meadow and tundra, making it an ideal hiking […]

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Winter Hiking Guide: A short-and-sweet trip to Mount Royal, Frisco’s hometown overlook

March 18, 2017 — Editor's note: This is a bi-monthly winter hiking guide. Until the trails thaw, stay tuned for more winter hiking reports from now through April. Springtime certainly seems to have arrived in the Rockies. Yesterday morning, I hiked in a short-sleeved T-shirt. Though it feels and […]

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Winter Hiking Guide: Tenderfoot Trail offers unbeatable views of Tenmile Range

March 11, 2017 — Editor's note: This is a bi-monthly winter hiking guide. Until the trails thaw, stay tuned for more winter hiking reports from now until April. The view atop Tenderfoot Mountain is so expansive it can barely be captured in a camera lens. On the far left […]

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Hike Summit: Missouri Lakes Trail in Colorado’s Holy Cross Wilderness Area

October 1, 2016 — The Missouri Lakes Trail is one of the most popular in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. Due to heavy snowpack, which does not completely melt until the middle of summer, the flat valley in which the lakes reside has soft, damp wetland mats that allow […]

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Tempting the Tenmile Range Traverse from Frisco to Breckenridge (360 video)

September 29, 2016 — It rained later that night. And it rained hard. My roommate walked down from his room and mentioned the lightning. I hadn't noticed it all that much — I was too busy staring blankly at the Olympics while rolling out the soles of my sore […]

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Best fall hikes for aspen leaves in Summit County (before they’re gone!)

September 25, 2016 — I'd always heard that aspen trees were classic Colorado, that their colors would be awe-inspiring. Humbling. It seems like just yesterday that summer arrived and the aspens started to finally bloom in rich, verdant hues. Now, every fresh morning turns them more rusted, golden. Soon […]

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The Summit County, Colorado, guide leaf peeping like a scientist

September 20, 2016 — As the days begin to shorten and crisp mornings bring the anticipation of winter, Summit County takes one last breath of brilliance before succumbing to the snow. The explosion of reds, yellows and oranges along the trails and across the peaks give the High Country […]

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Tempting the Tenmile Range Traverse from Frisco to Breckenridge (360 video)

September 2, 2016 — It rained later that night. And it rained hard. My roommate walked down from his room and mentioned the lightning. I hadn't noticed it all that much — I was too busy staring blankly at the Olympics while rolling out the soles of my sore […]

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Dillon Ranger District to close McCullough Gulch Trail, Road starting Tuesday

September 2, 2016 — The McCullough Gulch Trail south of Breckenridge will be closed to all users starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, to allow for the removal of an unauthorized bridge and debris in the drainage. As a result McCullough Gulch Road and the trail will be closed at the […]

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Meet Your Forest column: Volunteer for a trail day

August 27, 2016 — The Dillon Ranger District invites you to join your neighbors and friends to enhance our backyard we call the national forest. Volunteers make all the difference in helping with the efforts to clean up and maintain one of the most heavily-used natural areas in the […]

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Hike leads kids along fairy forest trail in Breckenridge

August 26, 2016 — Do you believe there is a land where fairies fly around and leave trails of glitter? Or a place where fairies have little homes and live amongst other forest creatures? Well, step off the Four O'Clock ski run and take a walk through the enchanted […]

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Route Finder: Tempting Grays and Torreys from Summit County, Part 2

August 26, 2016 — I felt a surge of determination as I headed into the crisp morning light far below Grays and Torreys peaks, the twin 14ers on the eastern edge of Summit County. This was my third attempt — and I was going to summit today. After two […]

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Find alpine serenity hiking the Oh-Be-Joyful Trail near Crested Butte

August 18, 2016 — Don't stop exploring: Hiking guru Kim Fenske lives the unorthodox life of a bus driver by weekday and solo adventurer by weekend. The Raggeds Wilderness Area is 65,393-acres of national forest lands located northwest of Crested Butte. Fifty miles of hiking trails penetrate the wild […]

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Webster Pass Road traces the Snake River to its headwaters at Teller Mountain

August 18, 2016 — Webster Pass Road ascends to the sources of the Snake River, streams from the slopes of Sullivan Mountain (13,134 feet), Landslide Peak (13,238 feet), Red Cone (12,801 feet), Handcart Peak (12,518 feet) and Teller Mountain (12,602 feet), all found along the Continental Divide. A loop […]

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Settling Into Stanzas: Dog days of June on Gold Hill Trail No. 79 in Breckenridge

August 18, 2016 — Rupert Brooke's "The Little Dog's Day" All in the town were still asleep, When the sun came up with a shout and a leap. In the lonely streets unseen by man, A little dog danced. And the day began. All his life he'd been good, […]

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Hike Pikes Peak: Barr Trail

August 18, 2016 — Pikes Peak is a popular destination for travelers exploring the Colorado Springs area. At 14,110 feet, Pikes Peak rises dramatically over the eastern plains of Colorado. Pikes Peak shares the distinction of being one of more than 50 14ers in Colorado. With a cog railroad, […]

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Colorado Hiking Trails with Waterfalls: South Willow Falls

August 18, 2016 — If you are searching for hiking trails with waterfalls, the South Willow Falls is the perfect trail for you. The falls is located in the valley between the steep, rocky slopes of Red Peak (13,189 feet) and Buffalo Mountain (12,777 feet). The pass itself is […]

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