Base Camp Denver: 101 Hikes in Colorado’s Front Range
by Pete KJ
Denver is known the world over as the gateway to Colorado’s magnificent Rocky Mountains. Four national forests, a national grassland, scores of regional and city parks and preserves, and Rocky Mountain National Park offer hundreds of hiking and walking trails—all within one to three hours of downtown Denver. Base Camp Denver offers you 101 of the best of these great hiking destinations to choose from. Take a day to explore an alpine meadow, walk to a waterfall, hike through a forest, or stroll suburban parklands. Enjoy a spectacular day of spring wildflowers or fall foliage, and still be home by dinnertime. Scramble to the top of a mountain to enjoy a sunrise and still make it to work by eight. With Pete KJ as your guide and Denver as your base camp, the splendor of Colorado’s Front Range is yours to enjoy one day—or even just a few hours—at a time.
The author has hiked each of the 101 featured routes within the last two years. He describes each in detail and provides both historical context and descriptive narrative about the geology, flora, and fauna you’re likely to encounter. Because the eastern slope of the Colorado Rockies experiences all four seasons, the author provides guidance as to what hikes are best for each time of year. You’ll learn where and when to find wildflowers or enjoy a fall foliage display. Star ratings from 1 to 5 indicate trail condition and difficulty, making it easy to determine which hikes are best for inexperienced, physically challenged, and young hikers.
Each hike’s description includes detailed driving directions to the trailhead, elevation, approximate hiking time, and information about parking and restrooms. Each chapter has a regional map showing all the trailheads in the area, and each hike has its own route map. In addition to all the basics, you’ll discover much more, like the best places to hike with your dog and not-to-be-missed hikes for kids. You’ll know in advance whether you’ll have a trail to yourself or share it with bikes and horses.
To help hikers choose the perfect ramble, an easy-reference guide lists the top five hikes in a variety of categories. From birdwatching, stargazing, wildflowers, and wetlands to kid-and-teen favorites, most strenuous, and most remote, there are hikes to suit every interest and ability. Base Camp Denver shows hikers where and when to go–and also how to prepare–to enjoy the best trails this unparalleled region has to offer.
Base Camp Denver: 101 Hikes in Colorado’s Front Range was released by Imbrifex Books in April, 2019. A party to celebrate its publication was held at the Boulder Book Store at 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado on April 4, 2019. Click here for some photos of this event!
About the Author
Pete KJ began explorations at age three in the wooded ravine that was his backyard in Seattle. He also began a lifelong writing habit. Backyard expanded as Pete stomped all over the Cascades and Olympics as a youth, and headed onward to the Pyrenees, Alps, Himalayas, and Andes. Peace Corps service in Africa cemented his deep desire to always be out in the world, and when he finally sat in a cubicle as a chemical engineer, it was in places like Puerto Rico and India. Long absent from the cubicle, he moved on to raise kids, travel the world with them, and write about it—and also write novels. Career originally brought Pete to Colorado in the 1990s; its gravity and beauty drew him back and continue to captivate him. In his continuing quest to experience everything this remarkable region has to offer, Pete has hiked more than 200 trails in the front range and beyond. Pete’s “Base Camp Denver: 101 Hikes In Colorado’s Front Range” will be published in April, 2019 by Imbrifex Books.