Hiking is a favorite activity among Coloradans regardless of the season, but Mother Nature ups the ante when fall rolls around. With mild temperatures, changing leaves, vibrant colors, and fewer crowds, you won’t regret heading to the hills for a little adventure.
In the Longmont area, there are all sorts of places worthy of your hiking boots and walking shoes, including the following:
Lagerman Reserve Trail
The best times of year to visit the Lagerman Reserve Trail are between September and March, making it an ideal fall outing. This is a spacious trail that is rarely busy and offers hikers and walkers a chance to relax, practice their photography skills, meditate, or watch wildlife.
LOBO Trail: Longmont to Boulder Path
If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, the LOBO trail is a great way to stretch your legs without pushing yourself too far. While the trail is long, nearly 13 miles, the lack of elevation gain makes it a relatively easy hike. Just make sure you plan accordingly; it takes roughly four hours to complete one way.
Coot Lake is a fast and easy loop that takes less than a half hour for most people to finish. With unobstructed and wide-open views, this area is the perfect place to enjoy a sunrise or sunset (or go wild and stay for both!). It’s also popular among runners, fishermen, and dog walkers.
Hiking at Golden Ponds offers spectacular views of Longs Peak and the Front Range. Grab your backpack and explore 88 acres, including 56 acres of water. This area is a frequent stop for all sorts of wildlife, particularly waterfowl, making it an ideal choice for birdwatchers. It’s welcoming to dogs, as well, as long as they’re leashed.
Barefoot Lake Loop
Barefoot Lake Loop offers a 2.9-mile stroll that is considered relatively easy and takes roughly 50 minutes to complete. The trail can be used for hiking or running and is generally uncrowded enough that you’re unlikely to see too many other adventurers. Despite the name of Barefoot Lake, shoes are highly, highly recommended.
With the scorching sun on fall break, autumn is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors in colorful Colorado. While the state is lush with hiking trails around nearly every corner, these hikes let you stay local and experience the beauty in your own backyard.
Fox Ridge Apartments in Longmont offers a quiet residential location, mountain views, and modern amenities in close proximity to these hikes. We’re the perfect place to call home. Contact us to learn more.