Outdoor activities in Front Range
The bustling Bear Lake Trailhead offers easy hikes to several lakes and beyond. Another busy area is Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead. The free Glacier Basin–Bear Lake shuttle services both.
Forested Fern Lake, 4 miles from the Moraine Park Trailhead, is dominated by craggy Notchtop Peak. You can complete a loop to the Bear Lake shuttle stop in about 8.5 miles for a rewarding day hike. The strenuous Flattop Mountain Trail is the only cross-park trail, linking Bear Creek on the east side with either Tonahutu Creek Trail or the North Inlet Trail on the west side.
Families might consider the moderate hikes to Calypso Cascades in the Wild Basin or to Gem Lake in the Lumpy…
Eldorado Canyon State Park is one of the country's best rock-climbing areas, offering Class 5.5 to 5.12 climbs. They also have nearly a dozen miles of trails suitable for all levels of visitors - from hardcore athletes to toddlers and seniors. The park entrance is on Eldorado Springs Dr. Take Hwy 93 south from Boulder, head west on Hwy 170 and continue on the dirt road through town to the park gates. Stop by Boulder Rock Club for climbing tips before hitting these red rock walls.