Explore the most popular hiking trails in Matthews Winters Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail is the perfect combination of straight workout and technical challenge. some very small sections are class 3-4, so please stop and think carefully with your approaches since it's likely you only brought 1-3 gear and no helmet.

I lifted my dog up some of the vertical sections with great success for the both of us.

Loved this trail. Slow enough traffic, great views, incredible vertical climb. Need hiking boots to hike this though, something with a high ankle and great tread as the climb down is scary. Near top is really rocky, and my dog had some tears in his paws, so I wouldn’t recommend this for dogs. But great trail overall. Not for biking, not for trail running, but a great workout.

11 days ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Flat areas along with ascending trails throughout. Lots of mountain bikers. I really enjoyed it. Beautiful colors in the fall.

Pretty tough hike but worth it! Parking was a little strange because the gate was closed but we parked right outside the gate and walked in. Steep elevation gain throughout the hike. Loose rocks and dirt. Other than that great views at the top. Able to see red rocks amphitheater, downtown Denver, and plenty of surrounding mountains!

Great morning hike not to much traffic and great views from up top.

Easy trail. With beautiful views of the red rocks. Passed a few mountain bikes and fellow hikers but overall not too busy for a Friday.


pretty quick hike but pretty steep. if you’re short on time, give it a go. i will say, this is a perfect rattlesnake habitat. tons of shrubs

climbed it 3x. love the elevation gain, great for training. it feels like it's straight up and you get a nice ridge line in the middle and wonderful views at the top.

One of my favorite hikes since it is so close to Denver but a different geography. I live very close and prefer to take guests here.
I’ve seen owls and raptors around the rocks and like the view at the end.

1 month ago

It's an ok trail. Good for beginners.

It's pretty much a reverse version of Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail. First mile or so was boring, but once it gets closer to Red Rocks, the view gets better. Good and fun trail for beginner hikers. Have fun!

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1 month ago

Pretty easy trail. Didn't go all the way out and back. Not a ton of shade, so definitely wish I had put on sunscreen. Will also wear my boots next time cause it's pretty rocky and rough on my ankles. On the way up, there's interesting geological facts about the area. Nice views of the back of red rocks too.

on Zorro Trail

1 month ago

The only pro for this trail is that it provides quick access to Dakota Ridge from the east.

This is my favorite front range hike! Huge elevation gain for such a short distance! Great way to prepare for 14ers on the weekend.

Really enjoyed this hike. Pretty steep grade on the first and last leg of the hike, but such a worthwhile experience. Great training, due to the elevation gain in less than 1.7 miles. As previously stated by other reviewers, there’s very little shade, so if it’s a warm day, be prepared for that and bring plenty of water.
Hearing the sound check of the band getting ready for the concert at Red Rocks was an added benefit.

on Red Rocks Trail

1 month ago

During the week, the traffic is decently low. Nice lookouts and lots of raptors surfing the air currents around the cliffs. Loop with Dakota Ridge for a decent mileage loop.

Nearly 1900ft elevation gain in about 1.7 miles is no joke! Super fun & challenging workout that is close to home with great views at the top! Shoes with good grip are highly recommended, ie trail runners or hiking shoes. Bring plenty of water since the trail is exposed with very little shade. Bring a snack so you can hang out up top & enjoy the views of the mountains & city!

Fantastic trail that's a quick drive from Denver. Park right outside Red Rock gate #4 on Titans Rd. Get there early cause there's no much space! the trail is past the gate to the left, and not really marked except a "no bikes" sign. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS HIKE! You start off climbing and rarely stop till the top. There is little cover and the sun will punish you. Footing can be tough with a lot of loose, small rocks. However... payoff is a great workout with great views.

Great hike close to home!

Nice hike before a show

HIGHLY TRAFFICKED. Views look over Morrison and Ken Caryl. Lots of dog poop people haven’t even bagged. Lots of dogs. But there’s a bike or a group of people about every 20ft; on weekends, weekdays, morning or night. Really detracts from the scenery. Highly. Trafficked.

1 month ago

Nice light hike for a family.

Lovely views and wildlife

2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Nice trail for a liesurely hike or run. Easy going switchbacks up to the Dakota Ridge Trail. I took to the right for some good views and a bit more challenging stair cimb up to the top of the ridge. Will definately be going back to sample some of the other trails in the area.

3.8 miles 1950 ft elevation. Awesome hike for how short it is and close to Denver, we did it in the evening for sunset and there was a show going on at Red Rocks below. Some sections are pretty steep and sandy, trekking poles recommended, definitely wear decent shoes. Final scramble to the top is lots of fun.

Watch for rattlesnakes. Not small dog friendly

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