There are hundreds of miles of trails for hiking near Winter Park, Colorado. From a short, half-mile jaunt, to a full-day endeavor, there are plenty of hiking trail options for hikers of all skills and backgrounds. See a few of our favorites, below, listed in order from easiest to most difficult.
Discovery Trail – an easy, one-mile loop with sections of boardwalk over wetland areas. Wheelchair accessible.
Fraser River Trail – this easy trail is mostly paved, with a hidden dirt section in Fraser that is great for leisurely strolls and bike rides.
Monarch Lake Loop – an easy four-mile loop that circles a beautiful lake outside of Granby.
Creekside & Flume Loop – these two trails outside of Fraser connect to make a moderately easy five-mile loop and is a great beginner mountain bike ride, too.
Jim’s Creek Trail – a moderate, out-and-back hike leading up towards Parry’s Peak, you can take this trail up to five miles each way, or just go as far as you want.
Columbine Lake Trail – For a moderate hike with a few difficult sections, Columbine Lake is a reward well worth the effort. Six miles round trip.
For more ideas, there is a great book called “Hiking Grand County,” which is sold at several locations in Winter Park and Fraser. You can usually find a copy at Rocky Mountain Roastery and Blue Sky Shoes. The Roastery is a coffee shop with two locations: the Alco Shopping Center in Fraser and in the Park Plaza next to Rudi’s Deli in downtown Winter Park. Blue Sky Shoes is also in downtown Winter Park, across from Cooper Creek Square.
The Winter Park Visitor Center is also a great source of information about hiking trails in Winter Park. Just stop by and they’ll set you up with maps, advisories and more helpful tips. They’re open 9am to 5pm every day and are located across the street from McDonald’s in downtown Winter Park. Look for the huge, bronze moose statue out front.