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Hit the trails

By: The Gazette
May 18, 2013
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photo - Resent work has been done to the trail and area around St. Mary's Falls in memory of 59-year-old local business man Eddie Murphy who died at the falls May 24, 2008.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
Resent work has been done to the trail and area around St. Mary's Falls in memory of 59-year-old local business man Eddie Murphy who died at the falls May 24, 2008. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette) 

St. Mary's Falls

This splendid out-and-back hike in Colorado Springs measures about 6 miles round trip, offering a cascading waterfall as reward for your travels. The first portion of the hike is admittedly bland, following a dirt road. But you'll be pleasantly surprised as this trail heads into the forest. On your way back from the hike, stop by Helen Hunt Falls.
Follow this hiking guide.

 

Dome Rock State Wildlife Area

This trail is open only five months, starting July 16. But it's on this list because it still offers one of the Pikes Peak region's more lovely hikes. Nicknamed "Little Yosemite" for its massive granite domes, this area boasts everything you'd want in a picturesque fall hike: beaver ponds, great views and towering stands of aspen. tinyurl.com/FunDomeRock

 

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

This venue is known as a great place to catch a summer concert. But while music is a main draw, word also is leaking out that the park near Morrison is home to a rather attractive network of trails - all with beautiful views to boot. So enjoy nature during the day and music at night. redrocksonline.com

 

Lion Lake No. 1

This is a grueling, though incredibly scenic, 14-mile round-trip trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. This hike is ideal for a summertime trek, thanks to a river rife with waterfalls, a tranquil, lush forest and a lake perched at 11,065 feet with stunning views of Mount Alice. The trailhead is located in the Wild Basin area of the park. tinyurl.com/FunLionLake

 

Shipler's Cabins

A trail offering a good saunter through the woods, this hike is one of the less-traveled trips in Rocky Mountain National Park. It's located on the park's west side, which usually features fewer tourists. This 4-mile, round-trip hike follows the majestic headwaters of the mighty Colorado River, and often includes sightings of bighorn sheep. nps.gov/romo/index.htm

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