The Best Summit County Hiking Trails


Hiking is one of the greatest hobbies that a person can ever include in their life. Not only does it allow you to stay fit, but it can also introduce scenic views that you wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else. Communing with nature is an important part of keeping your mental and emotional health strong. There’s no better way to do that than to hike. Colorado has some of the best hiking trails in the country. As you start to plan your vacation and browse the wide variety of Summit County lodging options, begin to consider some of the places where you can go on a hiking adventure. Here are a few key trails to consider.

1. Mayflower Gulch Trail

For those who don’t want to deal with snow on their trails, then you should visit the Mayflower Gulch Trail during the months of March to September. Otherwise, you might want to include a pair of snowshoes to make your trek easier. This trail is considered to be moderate. Which means that you may be expected to climb up a few steep hills. However, it doesn’t require much, if any, climbing. In addition, you can expect beautiful wildflowers that grow along the trail, wildlife, and wonderful views of the surrounding mountain. Dogs are also permitted on this trail, so you can bring your best friend with you.

2. Spruce Creek Trail

The best conditions for this trail is from April to October. One of the most popular trails in the area, the Spruce Creek Trail is a six-mile trail that takes you through beautiful mountains and alongside a gorgeous lake. You’ll also be taken through a forest and visit other bodies of water as well as a scenic meadow. You may encounter wildlife along the way like moose and mountain goats. This trail is considered to be moderate. If you’re thinking about hiking the trail during the off-season, then be sure that you take along snowshoes with you to make your trek easier.

3. Tenderfoot Mountain Trailhead

If hiking through forests is more your style, then you need to visit the Tenderfoot Mountain Trailhead. This trail is relatively short at two-and-a-half miles roundtrip. However, it takes you through a series of aspen, sage, and pine forests. You can also see wildflowers during the summer season. Besides hiking, you can also go mountain biking, nordic skiing, and snowshoeing on this trail. It’s considered to be an easy trail for beginners.


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