Location: Evergreen, CO
Distance from Denver: 29mi (~40min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~2.5mi RT ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Easy ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: The east lot closest to the start of the trail has limited parking, so get here by 8am at the latest. There is some street parking, and a second medium-sized parking lot farther away from the trailhead. ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
Friends, HIII! We are so excited to be back and blogging again! Denver has had a bout of really severe weather since the stat of the year (think HUGE snowstorms March — May) that has kept us indoors. The bright side is that Colorado is drought free for the first time in 20 years! I think that is definitely major cause for celebration!
While we aren’t quite at amazing summer weather yet, the weather has warmed up enough for us to enjoy the mornings outside, while sipping hot cocoa and avoiding rain/hail storms in the afternoons. That was exactly the type of weather we had last weekend, and my friend and I decided to go on a girls hiking trip. Given this was her first hike of the season, we wanted to start with a hike that would be pretty easy. B & I hiked in Evergreen last year (check out the nearby Evergreen Mountain Trail and the Eagle’s View Trail) and I suggested that we check out the Ponderosa / Sister’s Trail loop!
Dog Friendly Trail + Mountain Bike Friendly Park: This trail is dog friendly + this entire park is for both hikers and mountain bikers.
Parking: Try to get to the trailhead as early as you can! The parking lot is relatively small, and it fills up pretty quickly. We got there around 8am and snagged the last parking spot by the trail head. There is very limited street parking (brush up on your paralleling skills). Lastly, there is also a second lot farther up the road, but be sure to factor in additional distance.
Facilities: There are two outhouses at the start of the trailhead & they are surprisingly clean. Be sure to bring hand sanitizer, though, as there is no soap and running water to wash your hands after.
We got to the trailhead around 8am and snagged the last spot in the lot! From the parking lot, we started out on the Sisters Trail and took it 3/4 of the way around until it bisected the Ponderosa Trail. A few minutes into the Ponderosa, there is an option to hop onto the Brothers Trail for a really great viewpoint. We highly suggest checking it out and eating any snacks / food up on the rock formations here!
The trail was fully dry despite the recent rain and snowstorms that we had, which was a positive! The trail is mostly flat, but there are a few portions of slight uphill (nothing terribly hard at all). The first third of a mile is in a forested area, but then opens up to a wonderful vista of the North Sister.
After that, you’re pretty much surrounded by trees until you get to the Brother’s Lookout point. We really loved this area, as it gave us sweeping views of the Middle and South Sister, as well as the Brother. There area has a few rock formations that act as ledges. Here, we took the opportunity to relax, eat our snacks, and enjoy the views of the mountains, hawks, and the town of Evergreen below. This was such a relaxing way to spend the morning ♡