Location: Conifer, CO (Reynolds Ranch County Park)
Distance from Denver: 38miles (~50min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~4miles ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Moderate due to the rapid elevation gain ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Large lot that was pretty empty ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
If secluded is what you are looking for, this hike delivers! The trail starts in the middle of nowhere (but you drive through this amazing neighborhood to get there) and takes you through a predomindantly forested hike until it suddenly opens up to stunning views. The trailhead notes that there have been mountain lion sightings (EEK!) and has helpful tips on what to do should you encounter one. Take the time to read this before you head up! We were lucky not to see any.
The trail itself is a little confusing; we highly recommend grabbing a map at the trailhead to help you navigate through the first loopy part!!! You hike through a ton of mud (because of the recent rains) but it is so extremely peaceful that you can hear all the birds chirping and butterflies are numerous. There is still snow on the trail! B decided to start a snowball fight, which he claims he won (we all know the truth). We loved that the trail was sparse - it was nice seeing other people occasionally, but this is not a hike where you are hiking with 100 of your closest friends. The views at the top overlook the stunning Cathedral Spires as well as the valley below. Pack a lunch like we did & enjoy the views!
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