Best trails in Empire

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Looking for a great trail near Empire, Colorado? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Eldorado Canyon State Park or Golden Gate Canyon State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Boulder Open Space or Genesee Park. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Empire ranging from 2.5 to 10.4 miles and from 9,179 to 11,916 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Empire
Top trails (9)
#1 - Butler Gulch Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
Butler Gulch Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, snowboaShow more
#2 - Hassell Lake
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Note: Many users have reported difficulties getting to the trailhead during snowy conditions. This trail is best hiked between the spring and fall and proper equipment is needed during snowy conditionShow more
#3 - Bill Moore Lake OHV Route
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 10.4 mi
A 4WD forest service road climbs the ridge North of Empire into the Mill Creek valley and up to Bill Moore Lake. Please keep in mind this road is seasonally closed during winter. Very scenic route tShow more
#4 - Parry Peak and Mount Bancroft
James Peak Wilderness
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Length: 13.7 mi • Est. 8 h 55 m
Parry Peak and Mount Bancroft is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#5 - Henderson Spur Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
The Henderson Spur Trail takes you from the Henderson Mine parking area at the beginning of the Jones Pass Road to the Continental Divide Trail. The hike is a relatively easy hike as you switchback uShow more
#6 - Stanley Mountain via Henderson Mine
Empire, Colorado
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
Stanley Mountain via Henderson Mine is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primShow more
#7 - Current Creek Chutes
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Current Creek Chutes is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hikinShow more
#8 - Red Elephant Hill to Empire Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 7 h 17 m
Although hikers and mountain bikers may use this route, it is mostly an off-road driving route. The loop eventually reaches the Empire Hilton Cabin. This route is only for 4WD vehicles with high groShow more
#9 - Ruby Gulch [CLOSED]
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more