Urban Hikes Denver

Urban Hikes Denver

A Guide to the City's Greatest Urban Hiking Adventures

Katie Hearsum


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Think you need to have the best gear, tons of time and your own car to experience Colorado’s great outdoors? Think again!

Urban Hikes Denver introduces users to more than 80 miles of trails easily within reach from downtown Denver for quick and not-so-dirty jaunts during a lunch break or a layover. And although these routes are much more humble than the extreme backcountry peaks that Colorado is commonly known for, what they lack in elevation gain, sweeping vistas and physical demand they make up for by offering the simple pleasures of fresh air and nature to the masses on a daily basis.

Each hike includes trail GPS coordinates and waypoints, detailed hike descriptions, maps, and easy-to-find trailhead directions, along with excellent color photos and travel tips. Hit the trail (or the pavement) and explore Denver!


Katie Hearsum:

Katie Hearsum is a Colorado-based freelance journalist who has been covering topics relating to tourism and the outdoors for publications such as U.S. News & World Report, 5280 and Elevation Outdoors magazine for a decade. Like many Denverites, Katie is a Midwest transplant who moved West to attend college and never looked back. An avid hiker, she has trekked all over the world--into mystic cloud forests on the Salkantay Trek to Macchu Picchu, from hut-to-hut across glacial streams in Patagonia, and through swarms of mosquitos while portages in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Still her favorite trail is the one that passes through her own backyard. You can connect with Katie and read more of her work by visiting www.katiehearsum.com. She lives in Grand Lake, Colorado.