The Best Hiking Trails at Colorado Ski Resorts

Submitted by CSCUSA Staff on Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:13

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Photo taken by Dan Bayer and provided by Aspen Snowmass. 

Summer in Colorado means beautiful weather, bluebird skies and world-class hiking trails across the state. If you're looking to explore the Colorado mountains this summer, you'll want to check out this list of the best hiking trails at every Colorado ski resort that will offer on-mountain hiking this summer. Pack up the sunscreen, water, your sturdiest hiking boots and your sense of adventure for these fun, family-friendly hiking trails. 

Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin’s only cut hiking trail, the Argentine-North Fork Trail is a single-track, multi-use trail climbing from the Mountain Goat Plaza base area to Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain. The trail is approximately 1.8 miles long with an elevation gain of 750 feet. The trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and well-behaved animals.

Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass’ most popular summer hiking trail is Tom Blake Trail at Snowmass Mountain. Located in the Two Creeks area, this popular biking and hiking trail enters sublime stands of aspens.

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Photo taken by Dave Kozlowski and provided by Crested Butte. 

Crested Butte

Crested Butte’s best hiking trail, The Peak Trail, provides incredible views and access to the 12,162’ summit of Crested Butte Mountain. This trail begins at the top of the Silver Queen Express Lift making it very convenient: take a scenic lift ride up and down, or hike from the base! 

Granby Ranch

Hikers at Granby Ranch enjoy Nature’s Way, a gradual climb to the top of the mountain with stunning views of the continental divide. Don’t forget to stop by the Granby Ranch Grill for casual dining and après hiking drinks.

Kendall Mountain

The Kendall Mountain Trail offers a scenic one-mile loop that offers an eagle’s eye view of beaver ponds and weaves through forests and meadows. Mushrooms and wildflowers abound on this hike that’s great for families with young kids.

The Lackawanna Mill Trail also starts from the base of Kendall, meanders across the base of the mountain, passes the historic mill, and eventually reaches Aspen Town, a neat little collection of abandoned homes from the 1800s.

Powderhorn Resort

Stagecoach is the most popular uphill hiking trail at Powderhorn. Guests can start at the bottom of the resort and hike to the very top. This trail has great picture stops that showcase the base area and the Plateau Valley. 

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Photo taken by Larry Pierce and provided courtesy of Steamboat Resort. 

Steamboat

Steamboat Resort’s best hiking trail is the easy one-mile loop Vista Nature Trail. The first half of the trail is on a wide gravel path with picnic tables along the side of the trail and views of the upper mountain. The second half of the trail is a dirt, single track trail that leads through groves of aspen trees and offers extraordinary view of the valley. You'll see signs along the trail indicating different species of animals that call the mountain their home. Keep your eyes peeled and you might catch a glimpse of them.

Sunlight

Guests at Sunlight can hike to the top of Sunlight for amazing views of Mt. Sopris and the greater Roaring Fork Valley.

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Photo taken by Kyle Maass and provided by Telluride Ski Resort. 

Telluride

The Ridge Trail, the most popular hiking at Telluride Ski Resort, is easily accessible from the San Sophia and Mountain Village Gondola Stations. The trail is designated as hiking only and provides for stunning views looking north across the valley floor with a landscape perspective of the towering San Sophia ridgeline.

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