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I don’t know that I’ve ever done a hike that’s more perfectly named! It’s a quick, beautiful drive from Denver and right near Kittredge and Evergreen. The trailhead parking lot only has a few spaces, but we were able to find parking on the street no problem.
This hike is instantly beautiful, bringing you right into the trees for a mostly shaded walk along a creek. When you start to do the climb toward the viewpoint, there’s less shade but that just makes the views all that much better. It’s not too steep, but with the sunshine we paused a couple times to catch our breath and grab some water.
It’s only about a mile and a half to the lookout and it’s more than worth it!
This picture looks incredible, but really doesn’t even come close to doing it justice. You can see the cute little town of Kittredge, several mountain peaks. It’s just gorgeous!
If you’re like me and follow the AllTrails map religiously when you’re hiking, this one is a little off. Not so much that it’ll completely throw you for a loop, but just something to be aware of. I’m prone to making a wrong turn and getting lost, so it’s saying a lot if I didn’t have any problems finding my way. The loop back down to the original trail is a bit rocky with lots of mountain bikers, but still really enjoyable.
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