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In Englewood for a day - looking for a good hike.

Postby outofstep80 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:47 pm

I'm going to be in CO in March for work and will have 1 day to kill. I will be with a beginning hiker. Staying in Englewood and looking for a nearby area to go for a hike. 4-5 mile round trip tops and nothing over 10k as will not have much time to acclimate. Easy to moderate hiking. The drive up has to be relatively accommodating as I will have a 30 foot box truck - haha - sometimes you have to make due with what you are given.

Any and all recommendations are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Re: In Englewood for a day - looking for a good hike.

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Re: In Englewood for a day - looking for a good hike.

Postby Steven Cross » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:35 pm

Given you have a 30 foot box truck, that makes things a bit difficult getting around parking areas. I would suggest Parking at NCAR Mesa in Boulder. There is a lot of parking and you can find a spot that you can take up as many parking spaces as you need. Access is easy to get in and out of the parking area. There are many choices of hikes you can do from there. Mallory cave is only about 1 mile in and is a beautiful hike. Bear Canyon is a fairly easy hike and you can turn around at any point you feel like it. Fern Canyon to the top of Bear Peak is strenuous. There is also the Mesa Trail which takes you in either direction along the base of the Boulder Mountains. If you don't bag any peak, it's still a great spot to go, providing your allowed to take your truck that far.

Here is a more detailed page for the area with directions to NCAR Mesa.
http://www.summitpost.org/boulder-group/153333
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Re: In Englewood for a day - looking for a good hike.

Postby Steven Cross » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:21 pm

There are a few other things I thought of you might concider.
March is often the snowiest month in Denver. Be sure to be prepaired for the snow and bring instep crampons. I often need them in the foothills.

Whatever suggestions are thrown your way, check out google earth or google maps and follow the roads and check out the parking to see if you really want to take your truck in the area.

There are many people in the Denver area that are here on Summitpost. What day do you have for hiking? Maybe a member can come and pick you up. Then you don't have to take your truck along and there will be more options open to you. If it's a day I have nothing going on, I'd go with you. I live very near Englewood.
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Re: In Englewood for a day - looking for a good hike.

Postby outofstep80 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:25 pm

Thanks for all the info. My free day will be Saturday March 9th. Let me know if that would work for you.
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Re: In Englewood for a day - looking for a good hike.

Postby Niederbayer » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:11 am

Roxborough State Park sounds like the perfect match - short drive from Englewood - easy access, large parking spot, easy to mid level hiking , you get your 4 miles together if you do the two lower loops- great scenery

http://www.summitpost.org/roxborough-state-park/477160
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