15 Daring Mountain Trips You Must Add To Your Bucket List


15 Amazing Mountains To Visit1. Hanging Lake, Grand Canyon 

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Hanging Lake is a geologic wonder and is popular with travelers for its awe-inspiring beauty. Suspended on the edge of Glenwood Canyon’s cliffs, the clear turquoise lake and the waterfalls that spill into it are a breathtaking sight after the rigorous uphill climb.

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2. Rocky Mountain National Park 

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Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!

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3. Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock National Monument is a 4,726-acre (1,913 ha) U.S. National Monument in San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado which includes an archaeological site. This area is located in Archuleta County, Colorado between Durango and Pagosa Springs and is managed for archaeological protection, public interpretation, and education. The Chimney Rock Archaeological Site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970.

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4. Kenosha Pass, Fairplay

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Kenosha Pass, elevation 10,000 ft (3,000 m), is a high mountain pass located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States.

The pass is located in the Rocky Mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, just northeast of the town of Fairplay, Colorado. Geologically, the pass is located atop a large granite batholith (known as the Kenosha Batholith) that forms the spine of the Front Range along the eastern side of South Park.

5. Blue Lake, Indian Peak Wilderness

Blue Lake (11,355′) is located 2.55 miles from Mitchell Lake Trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. It fills a large, rocky cirque framed by Mt Toll, Mt Audubon and Paiute Peak. The short hike is highlighted by Mitchell Lake, abundant wildflowers and a striking alpine backdrop. Unmaintained routes continue on to Upper Blue Lake, Mt Toll and Paiute Peak:

6. Crystal Mill, Marble 

The Crystal Mill, or the Old Mill is an 1892 wooden powerhouse located on an outcrop above the Crystal River in Crystal, Colorado,United States.

In the 21st century, the mill is usually called the Crystal Mill or the Old Crystal Mill. Many decades ago, when the mill was still in use, it was called the Sheep Mountain Power House at the Lost Horse Millsite, or simply the Lost Horse Mill. Sometimes it is erroneously called the Dead Horse Mill.

7. Devil’s Causeway, Yampa 

The Devil’s Causeway itself is a narrow ridge of running between the drainage of the William Fork River and the White River.

It is a six-mile round-trip venture to the causeway or 10 miles round-trip if you continue on a loop that returns back to the reservoir. Along the rigorous route are several spectacular sights, including the peaceful Little Causeway Lake and meadows sprinkled with bright splashes of wildflowers in the summer.

8. Shrine Pass, Cooper Mountain 

Shrine Pass, near Vail Pass, is one of the very best wildflower locations in Colorado. Shrine Pass is located between Frisco and Vail off of I-70. To get there turn into the rest area on I-70 just east of Vail Pass. From the rear of the parking lot the Shrine Pass road winds up to the top of the pass which is a good bit higher than Vail Pass. Even though wildflower peak blooms vary from year to year in Colorado, Shrine Pass usually is at its best sometime around mid-July.

9. Lone Eagle Peak, Granby 

Lone Eagle Peak has forever been imprinted in my mind as one of the most awe-inspiring Peaks in Colorado. It stands proudly at 11,900’. Lone Eagle’s pointy summit is commanding and intimidating to the average hiker. To the enthusiastic adventure climber, it’s a veritable playground encapsulated in stone and surrounded by pristine, rugged beauty.

10. Mount Evans, Denver

Mount Evans is the highest summit of the Chicago Peaks in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 14,271-foot (4350 m) fourteener is located in the Mount Evans Wilderness, 13.4 miles (21.6 km) southwest by south (bearing 214°) of the City of Idaho Springs in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States, on the drainage divide betweenArapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest.

11. Wheeler Geologic Area, Creede 

Wheeler Geologic Area is a beautiful demonstration of a landscape that is rapidly evolving into a truly unique panorama.

Primitive camping (with a creek nearby) is available about 1/2 mile from the Geologic area, just outside the Wilderness boundary. From Hanson’s Sawmill, a 6.8-mile hike will bring you to the Wilderness boundary. From there, a 3.2-mile loop allows you to circumnavigate the area and also allows for some nice views. As the formations of Wheeler reveal their grandeur best at sunrise and sunset, an overnight visit is highly recommended.

12. Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat Springs 

Clear and fresh high alpine water roars down Fish Creek Canyon, spilling over the magnificent 280-ft Fish Creek Falls, one of the most popular destinations around Steamboat Springs.

In the springtime, Fish Creek Falls is at its roaring peak with snowmelt, while in late summer clear water cascades down the smooth rocks. In winter, ice-climbers take to the famous face; there’s no off-season at Fish Creek Falls.

13. Lost Creek Wilderness, Deckers 

Lost Creek Wilderness was officially designated in the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1980. Today it totals 119,790 acres. Elevations range from 8,000 to 12,400 feet above sea level.

There are nearly 130 miles of trails that traverse tree-lined mountain parks, fascinating rounded granite domes, and rare granite arches. Black bears, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, and bobcats share the region.

14. Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs 

The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan’s Mount Fuji, Pikes Peak forms a stunning backdrop for Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods. At an altitude of 14,115 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is the 31st highest peak out of 54 Colorado peaks.

The 8.9-mile Cog Railway started operating year round in 2007 weather permitting.

15. Molas Pass and Lake

One of the biggest drawing points of this trail is the unique opportunity to combine a wilderness trip with a ride on a steam locomotive. West from Molas Pass the Colorado Trail stays at high elevation, above treeline for most of the way to Bolam Pass.

Little Molas Lake is about one mile off US Highway 550 on Molas Pass just north of the Molas Overlook. The unpaved road leading to this primitive campground is passable by 2WD passenger cars. Little Molas Lake features 10 campsites – 4 are double, 3 have hitching rails for stock animals, and 5 will accommodate RVs.

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