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

Solid hike! Pretty lengthy. About 6.5 miles of a service road, 5 miles of a secluded, quiet trail, 6.5 miles back on the service road. I stayed on the trail the entire time, and clock a distance of 18.2 miles. Good for an all day hike!

As a trail runner, I found Meadowlark to be awesome - a nice variety of shade & sun, not too steep and technically easy. When you get to Plymouth Creek portion, however, this is more of a washout than a trail. huge boulders, giant steep steps. I walked up and down it due to how difficult it is. It's a good workout but pretty unpleasant if you're trying to run. I didn't get through the full 2nd loop but found the early stages (turning left off Plymouth Creek as soon as I could) to be lovely. I will try it again but will have low expectations on speed. It got pretty busy by 8:30a so it's a good morning route.

Very beautiful scenery

Such a great dog park with plenty of areas for your dog to play!

on Harriman Lake Trail

nature trips
2 days ago

Wonderful birding! Watch for migration season and check out what is on the lake. There is little to no shade on this trail, so go early in the morning or later in the afternoon - in the summer. Fall and winter aren't too bad - windy. Great foothills sunsets to be enjoyed. Great hike for training little ones and big ones to build endurance for longer hikes as the seasons change.

This is a nice easy hike. I recommend accessing the trail from across the visitor center as there will be a descent with no shade. To access from a further parking lot would have you walking uphill fully exposed to the sun. Great views from the top of the ridge.

This didn't feel like a hike, more like a walk in the park. It would be a great place to bring out of town guests who are not acclimated to the altitude, little kids or people with mobility issues. Somewhat reminiscent of Garden of the Gods without the crowds. There are several other trails accessible from this location that offer a little more challenge. The visitor center was very nice.

nature trips
2 days ago

Great family stroll any day of the week. I love the lavender fields! Great birding too.

hiking
3 days ago

This was a good hike but not a lot of shade. The views were pretty amazing and we saw some deer grazing in the valley. It took about 1hr 15mins.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice walk. I would go early in the morning. Can get hot in the afternoon.

mountain biking
4 days ago

Great trail, slight incline up to the dam. Was hoping to see the big horned sheep but they were nowhere to be found. Will bike this trail again.

walking
4 days ago

Peaceful but nothing special about the views

hiking
5 days ago

This was a wonderful wildflower hike and challenging enough for my two kids, 7 and 10, to prepare them for our longer hikes in the high country. The Fountain Formations all along the Front Range are always amazing. I never get tired of the view! Bring your binoculars. Fall migration is upon us and the birds love Roxborough. Soo much to see and do! Great proximity to home to be able to enjoy in the winter without having to fight traffic up the hill!

on Waterton Canyon Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Happy 100th Anniversary Denver Water! Hello CT Segment 1! I'll be back for more when the cooler weather starts setting in! My husband and I took our kids, 7 and 10, 3 miles through the canyon. We saw a REALLY big snake (either a Bull snake or a Rattle snake that just shed it's skin) cross the road in front of us. I would say it was about 3 feet long. We also saw some kind of small lizard and tons of birds. Bring your binoculars! Keep those kids on the trail and eyes peeled for snakes, especially just off the roadsides. This 'walk'/hike was a warm one for sure, but very mellow at the beginning. Would love to make it to the dam sometime.

Elk Loop is closed. Its an In and Out

cougar was sighted at base of grizzly drive after an evening hike. other than that trails are in great shape and the creek is running.

We started at Littleton and walked North towards Denver on a Saturday morning. While there is gravel next to pavement for the duration of the trail, this is heavily used by road bikers. Don’t expect great nature or scenic views but instead focus on the ease of walking. We had a stroller with us so no complaints from a family with a small child. These is extremely sparse shad so make sure to bring your hat and sunscreen.

Great red rock formations on this trail.

Went counter-clockwise and said I was really glad I did! Upper-80s today (8/11) and full sun. Ideally I’d do this trail when it’s mid 70s. Really enjoyed how much the terrain changed and suddenly we were in the woods! Good quick but well hidden geocache on the trail too. Was somewhat disappointed the only animals I managed to see were birds, dogs and humans.

road biking
9 days ago

Great trail for riding, walking, great connectivity to other Regional trails that are good for commuting and touring.

Awesome hike! Was longer than listed! We saw sheep!!! That was awesome! The trail head at Waterton was closed which was stupid! But we didn’t let that stop up! The canyon was very hot but was fun along the river!

Longest hike I've ever done, beautiful view, abundant wildlife, very hot through Waterton canyon, overall, very tough 17 miles, extremely tired and sore, would not trade the experience.

boring for a hike and people fishing have absolutely trashed the lake. very disappointing.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice trail. Wide trail, good one to take the kids. Go early, very sunny, no shade. First mile or so is a gentle up hill. Beautiful rock formations! Close to Denver. Coyote trail is not clearly marked on the return, bring a map along.

Beautiful scenery, very easy, great for kids and visitors. You have to pay the state park fee for Roxborough.

Great views. Nice moderate hike.

Nice easy flat trail. Kids loved watching the ducks and the views were pretty. Only downside is there is no shade.

hiking
14 days ago

We chose the 3.1 mile trail up to Carpenter Peak. The park lists it as being a strenuous trail. I would say it is more of a moderately difficult trail with a couple of areas being more on the strenuous side. The main drawback is large portions of the trail have no tree coverage, so it can get hot. Also, there is no way to refill water bottles once you leave the visitor's center, so make sure you bring adequate amounts with you.

Once we made it to the Peak, we were met with 360 degrees of amazing views. You can even see downtown Denver out in the distance.

Roxborough was a great place to spend the day out in nature. There is enough challenge to really get a great workout, but the elevation (7160 ft) isn't so punishing for those who are still working up to higher elevations and longer distances.

This trail was so much fun for my whole family. My kids easily did this 2.5 mile loop. There is a lot of history at Roxborough Park. Be sure to check out the little house by Washington Park. Also be sure to do the little Lyon Overlook on the east side of this trail. Great photo op! We will be back. So worth the $7 state park fee for this park. There is also a nice visitor center at the beginning of the trail. If you can watch the short video inside it’s great, 10 minutes max. They have a nice picnic area in front of the visitor center. Also a water bottle refill station in available near the bathrooms.

We loved this hike! The different terrain types ranging from the deep forest feel to the open, arid desert parts. It sprinkled briefly on our way back but didn’t ruin the experience. We also took the quick out and back on the scenic view trail to have some lunch and enjoy the views. The hike’s difficulty is accurate.

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