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Old 03-14-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Playa Del Rey, California
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Hi!

I'm moving to Los Angeles, and I'll be driving by Denver, Colorado on I-70 in the middle of April.

I'm really into the outdoors, so I'd like to find a good, scenic day-hike when I pass through. I noticed a number of parks pretty close by I-70 such as Matthews-Winters park, Apex, and Green Mountain park.

I'm looking for a really scenic foothill/mountain hike around 5-15 miles round-trip that's a moderate challenge. Are there any such hikes where I can get commanding views that fit this profile?

Also, how unpredictable is the weather in these areas in mid-April, and would this be a big concern, or can I bring a coat and gloves to dress up for it? Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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red rocks?
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Matthews-Winters is ok and interesting geolocically, but won't give you the "commanding views". You may want to try Mt. Falcon, which is accessed from US 285 outside of Morrison (somewhat of a detour from I-70). It has lots of trails and some great views. In Evergreen, close to I-70, is a hiking area called Elk Meadow Park on Highway 74. Some nice hiking but, again, no comanding views.

Don't forget that Denver is at 5,280 feet above sea level, and as you leave Denver and go into the mountains you will be gaining more altitude. Take the hiking easy and drink plenty of water.

There will be snow in the mountains in April, and the weather can be iffy even in the foothills. We have had a very mild winter, so far, so dress in layers.
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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Bring your oxygen tank if you're from sea level and plan on hiking around in the mountains all day.
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:56 PM
 
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I'd recommend Eldorado Canyon just south of Boulder. Great trails.
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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Eldorado is definitely the best bet
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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Bring your oxygen tank if you're from sea level and plan on hiking around in the mountains all day.

The elevation/ lack of oxygen is ridiculously exaggerated... Mostly for sports brodacasters to have something to talk about.

Cheyenne, WY sits almost 1000 feet higher than Denver.

Albuquerque, NM sits above Denver.... Santa Fe has an elevation 2000 feet higher.. When was the last time you heard anyone talk about
New Mexico's dangerously high elevation?
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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The elevation/ lack of oxygen is ridiculously exaggerated... Mostly for sports brodacasters to have something to talk about.

Cheyenne, WY sits almost 1000 feet higher than Denver.

Albuquerque, NM sits above Denver.... Santa Fe has an elevation 2000 feet higher.. When was the last time you heard anyone talk about
New Mexico's dangerously high elevation?
I think you underestimate the effect strenuous activity can have on someone not used to anything above 1000'. Sure, just walking around isn't a problem but go climb a few flights of stairs a day after going from sea level to 8000' and tell me its not a shock to the system.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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I think you underestimate the effect strenuous activity can have on someone not used to anything above 1000'. Sure, just walking around isn't a problem but go climb a few flights of stairs a day after going from sea level to 8000' and tell me its not a shock to the system.
I've done it. Millions of people have done it. I've spent years at sea level and gone hiking CO's and CA's 14ers, it's not a problem.

Unless you're a 400 pound pig and you drink a bit of water, it's nothing to be worried about.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Playa Del Rey, California
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Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about scaling a 14er during my detour here. Last time I was in LA, I hiked in Angeles National Forest around 6-8k altitude and didn't seem to need oxygen I believe the mountains around I-70 and Denver are near the same altitude, right?

Eldorado Canyon seems nice!
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