Hiking in Colorado:Travel Guide for Colorado Hiking Trails
People go hiking in Colorado year round. July through September are the most popular times to climb, especially the high mountains. Most people wait until these months to give the winter snow a better chance to melt. You can also have a remarkable hike with a snowboard or skies strapped to your back in the winter. Lots of the ski resorts in Colorado have exceptional hike-to terrain with soft snow at the top to reward your efforts.
When hiking any mountain above tree line in Colorado, remember to start early and summit by early afternoon at the latest. Thunderstorms notoriously strike high mountains almost daily during the main hiking season in the afternoon. Plan your hike in advance and make sure you got the right supplies. Then get after it.
Man on summit of Mount Elbert.
Good stuff to bring hiking in Colorado:
- Waterproof jacket (or garbage bags for rain poncho)
- Hiking stick (if that's your thing)
- Food & Water (one gallon per person)
- Layers of clothes (wicking material is best)
- Suncreen (water-proof, spf 15+)
- Binoculars (if you got em)
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