Ever since Yuzu was born, we’ve been wanting to take her on a hike. We finally took her for her first hike at Rabbit Mountain Open Space outside of Longmont. Overall it went smoothly, with a few hiccups along the way. We definitely need to practice hiking together with baby and see what works best for all of us.
The Coulson Gulch Trail to Ralph Price Reservoir hike is 6.5 miles out-and-back. It features shady forest by a creek, meadows with mountain views, and a view of a large reservoir at the end. The hike goes downhill on the way out, and uphill on the way back.
This 5.2-mile hike in Button Rock Preserve is only moderately strenuous. It follows alongside the North Saint Vrain Creek, passes two reservoirs and two dams, and meanders on a uphill loop that features great views of Ralph Price Reservoir and the surrounding mountainous area.
This 5 mile out-and-back trail is an easy hike that passes through private farmlands, over some small hills, and by some creeks and marshland. It features gorgeous views of the Indian Peaks and Boulder mountains.
A round-up of profiles of 10 hiking trails within 10 miles of Longmont. Includes profiles of an extra 10 hiking trails within 10 miles of home, depending on where you live in Longmont.
Rabbit Mountain is a popular hike in the Lyons/Longmont area that seems to have gained popularity in the pandemic environment. With its moderate difficulty (600 ft elevation gain over 5.8 miles), family-friendly trails, and great views, this is not surprising.
McIntosh Lake is a scenic lake located in Hygiene, CO that is half surrounded by housing, half by farmland. It has excellent views of the Front Range, particularly Rocky Mountain National Park and the towering Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak.
The terrain in this area is not too challenging and we saw several families walking on the trails. Hall Ranch is a beautiful place in an easy-access location for people of varying activities and fitness levels.