The Denver Trail Heads is composed of a wide variety of members and organizers. We offer a variety of hikes and other events ranging from short evening hikes to multiple 14ers in the same day. In the winter we will do some snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Occasionally you will see a backpack or camping trip or an overnight at one of the many Forest Service cabins.
These trips are all made possible by our organizers. We work hard to organize trips and make them fun for you. The tone of an event is set by the organizer. Hiking speed, number of breaks, fitness level required, picture taking, dog friendly, etc. Sometimes it is not as much the location or type of event, but who is running it that will determine if it is the event for you. Below you can learn a little bit about each of us.
If you have an idea for a trip or you are interested in becoming an organizer, please let me know. We are always looking for qualified organizers to help out.
I have been hiking or X-country skiing on a regular basis since 1996. That is when I joined the Colorado Mountain Club. During my 10 years with the CMC, I learned several different trails and which ones were my favorites. I also started learning the names of different flower. I discovered about myself how much I love exploring new places, taking photos of nature and the joy of socializing with others while in nature.
In 2006, I left the CMC but continued going on weekly trips with friends. In 2009, I started organizing trips for The Denver Trailheads. I tend to hike/ski anywhere from 6 miles to 10 miles. The average elevation gain on these trips is 1500 ft.. I hike/ski up-hill at a slower pace than most. Because of this, I happily suggest others to go at their own pace (but recommend stopping at any junctions.) On the down-hill sections, I keep a moderate pace.
I love being outside and taking in the beauty of the mountains, creeks, flowers, lakes…. I enjoy sharing these favorite places of mine with others and discovering new places. Taking photos while hiking has become a great passion of mine.I am dog friendly. Therefore, I typically allow dogs to go on my trips in the summertime.
I’m a Nebraska transplant that has lived in Colorado since 1970, and have been hiking ever since. Took up backpacking in 2006, and started section-hiking the Colorado Trail in 2009. Am on schedule to complete a yo-yo (Denver - Durango - Denver) section-hike of the Colorado Trail by September 2017.
I enjoy 3 - 5 mile after work weekday hikes, and generally like to hike longer distances during the weekends. I hike at a casual to moderate pace (2 - 2.5 mph), and enjoy hosting beginner hikes to introduce people to the many wonderful mountain, and open-space parks we have relatively close to the Denver/Boulder metro area.
I hike several times every week. I backpack several weeks each year. I am a canyoneer and white water rafter. Those activities keep me in pretty good shape.
I am looking for chances to hike, camp, run rivers and the like with other enthusiasts.
I didn’t grow up hiking, but I started when I moved to Colorado in the 1990’s. I figured out it was the best way to see beautiful waterfalls, lakes and other amazing places in the backcountry.
I love exploring and taking pictures. On weekends, I prefer moderate to strenuous hikes that end at a beautiful place. I also enjoy hiking after work, but due to the time constraints, I often end up on a trail in Golden or Boulder .
I like the social aspect of hiking with a group, so I tend to start at the front of a hike and work my way back chatting with everyone. That way I end up with the last folks to make sure everyone finishes the hike safely.
With so many amazing places to see, I typically pick hikes I’ve never done. Come with me and we’ll both see something new.
I enjoy hiking so much, I also write about it for both channel 7, where I work, and for a Web site called Denver Examiner.
Please check out my articles:The Denver Channel Discover ColoradoDenver Hiking Examiner
I welcome your hiking questions and hiking trail suggestions. Email Me
Born in Oakland California more years ago then I wish to count, I have been hiking with my family, friends and several hiking clubs for many years now. In the 90's and early 2000's, I was active with the Sierra Club, running trips for the Services subcommittee of the Outings department. On these 10 day trips, members would base camp in the wilderness, spending our days building trails and generally improving the outdoor experience for those to follow.
Today, I like running day hikes, backpack trips as well as overnight outings to Forest Service cabins and facilities. My day hikes tend to be 8-10 miles in length with moderate to difficult elevation gains and terrain. I like hiking in wilderness areas the most. The less improved the better.
Locations vary with the seasons. Higher altitudes in the warmer months. Lower as the temperature drops. When snowshoe season is upon us, expect to see an event where ever the snow is deep enough to have some fun.
Occasionally during the week, I will run an evening hike. These tend to be 3-5 miles in length and much closer to the Denver area. Starting around 6-6:30, there is always the race to get everyone in before the sunlight fades.
During a hike, I tend to be pretty laid back. I know people like to hike at their own pace. As long as no one gets left behind, that is fine with me. I try and hike with as many different people in the group as possible. Safety is important. Typically during the end of a hike, I will be in the back of the pack making sure everyone makes it out OK.
I like the social aspect of hiking. When possible many of my trips will include a place to eat afterward. Just a little social get together to unwind and chat with everyone in the group.
I almost never allow dogs on hikes I run. I like dogs and have had many over the years. I have one now and she does not join me on the trail. She stays at home and is always happy to see me when I return. If you like to hike with dogs, lets talk about putting together a dog hike that you can lead.
There are so many great places to see in Colorado. Most of my hikes will be as new to me as they are to you. If you like a little adventure and want to see all the Colorado has to offer, sign up for one of my hikes, you will not be disappointed.
I am a Colorado native who grew up in Southern Colorado. I have always been an "outdoorsy girl" and have enjoyed the mountains throughout my adult life. I was an avid cyclist and cycled almost everyday 20-60 miles, but after having a back injury I found I wasn't able to ride without pain, so I started hiking. Shortly after, I found meetup.com and began hiking almost every weekend. I found this was such a great way to discover new trails and great new friends that loved the outdoors as much as I do.
I found winter hiking/snowshoeing was as much fun as summer hiking and offered a whole different glimpse of our spectacular mountains. Sometimes it is hard to get out the door when it seems so cold, but as soon as you get started it usually turns out to be a great day and you don't even feel cold! Layers, layers, layers!
Being an endorphin addict from my cycling days, I usually hike at a fast pace, but I don't mind slowing down when I am leading a hike for beginners. I believe all trails can be as challenging as you make them depending on your pace. You don't have to do fourteeners to get in great hiking shape.
My favorite trails are those that offer a variety of natural elements like groves of aspens, fields of wildflowers, unusual rock formations, brooks and lakes, if it culminates with a great view, all the better! I have discovered so many great trails in the foothills and keep searching for more quick trips on days where I don't have time to spend so much time traveling. Since many members hike at different paces, it's fun to have social time during an event be it lunch or dinner at a local bar or restaurant after the hike or a potluck lunch on the trail. This gives members a chance get to know each other better and it is just plain fun!
I also like getting further into the mountains where the views are even more spectacular and you can challenge yourself at altitude.
Please let me know some of your favorite hikes so we can share them with the group!
I'm a native of Colorado who loves everything this state has to offer in the beautiful Rockies.
I'm a Colorado native raised in the mountains 40 miles west of Denver. I grew up hiking and backpacking. I took a hiatus when my kids were small. Now that they are grown and I have more free time I'm back to exploring Colorado one foot at a time. I'm loving getting out and seeing all the improvements and new trails.
Hi I'm Matt. I'm originally from Maine but I haven't lived there in almost 15 years. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a History Degree and then later with my JD. Somehow I'm working with computers now, go figure.
I've been in Colorado since 2007 and am still in awe of the mountains. I moved here from South Carolina where the highest point is around 3,000 ft. What really drew me to hiking out here is it's such a great way to get to see the state and see lots of the natural beauty that we're lucky enough to live near.
A lot of times I like to hike on my own, which works out well because I can scout out trails/areas before I introduce them to the group. Sometimes it's fun to go out with a group and see everything from a different light. I'm one of those people that can do the same hike lots of different times and still enjoy it.
I usually like shorter 4-5 mile hikes on weekdays and somewhat longer 8-10 mile hikes on the weekends. I certainly don't go every day but as it gets warmer I'll probably be out hiking 3 or 4 days a week. My pace is a bit faster than average, but as long as time isn't an issue I don't have a problem taking things slower. I'll always let people know what pace is required for any particular hike.
I'm a Colorado native and spend as much time as possible exploring this beautiful state. I enjoy hiking of all types and levels and also enjoy biking, trail running, camping, backpacking, river rafting, snow shoeing and more. I'm currently undertaking a four year Colorado Trail segment excursion.
Have been living in Colorado 40 years, haven’t found a place I enjoy more. Hard to imagine living here and not getting to be outdoors. Am interested in hikes primarily in the 285 to I-70 range of the Front Range foothills. Some hikes will be new and exploratory, others are like old friends, generally a moderate pace. Sometimes I am in front, sometimes I lead from the rear. Currently am exploring the Staunton Park vicinity. Hikes are generally scheduled after work on weekdays and weekends. Generally I prefer no dogs or lamas on the hikes, as they tend to segregate the group.
I've been in Colorado since 1967 and worked a lot of different jobs including taxi driver, mask maker, acetylene torch cutter, cabinet maker, leader of a children's theater group, and owner of a recording studio. In 2009, I retired from the City & County of Denver as a supervisor in the High Tech Electronics Shop at Denver International Airport. I'm pretty sure that's an awfully odd career path and I'm still not very sure how I ended up where I did.
I've been doing outdoors stuff most of my life and have hiked and camped all over Colorado, although sometimes it seems that I've barely gotten started. It is a big state. My other passion is travel, especially off the beaten track and in developing countries. Over the last 30 years, I have wandered through quite a bit in Mexico and Central America. Currently, I am working on visiting more of South America. I have managed to see all the continents except Australia, which is definitely on the list, and the really cold one with all the penguins, which doesn't appeal to me nearly as much.
I set up rather loose car camping Meetups for Trail Heads during the summer using my small trailer as a headquarters. Trying to avoid regular campgrounds, I like to find quiet dispersed places where we can have enough space for a larger group. Most mornings, we set up a hike for those who want to go. Evening food is usually a pot luck and at night we sit around the campfire and tell stories about the people who aren't there. A camp out in South Park for the Perseids Meteor Shower is a tradition every year in August.