Colorado is so under rated. I would have never thought of visiting this great state if it weren't for the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater. The trails I hiked definitely had breathtaking views that were far better than most in Southern California. However, the views came at a cost of climbing gnarly elevations that I would like to call, "stairmasters from Hell."
In the action sports capital of the US, Boulder, I hiked their ubiquitous symbol, the Flatirons. The pay off of this hike was the Royal Arch which was a ginormous rock formation in the shape of, you guessed it, an Arch!
Distance: 3.9 miles - Moving Time: 2.5 Hours - Total Time: 4 Hours - Elevation Gain: 1,600ft (Think 160 story building)
The Rocky Mountains is about a 45 minute drive from Boulder and 90 minutes from Denver. Surprisingly, there were not that many winding roads that led to the trail head compared to Bear Mountain in Cali, so If you ever plan on venturing out, a rental car will suffice.
I mapped out the best route to see as many waterfalls and lakes as possible, Bear Lake Trail Head -> Alberta Falls -> The Loch Lake ->Timberline Falls -> Sky Pond.
Distance: 9.3 miles - Moving Time: 3.45 Hours - Total Timet: 7.5 Hours - Elevation Gain: 1,514ft
I'll be back Colorado. 1