Keeping in Hiking Shape During the Winter
Each winter we all loose a little bit of our summer hiking fitness. After all, our options become limited when snow covers the foothills and mountains. In this article we’ve created four different routes to help keep you in hiking shape. If you are just starting out and looking to slowly ramp up your millage, these can be used as a gradual approach. If you are looking to push your millage, these can be combined for longer routes.
Civic Center Park Loop
Distance: 1 mile
Time: 17 minutes
Only have time for a quick walk? Something is better than nothing. Head down to Civic Center Park and follow our loop for a one mile jaunt. You’ll pass by the Colorado State Capitol, Denver City and County Building, Civic Center Park Amphitheater, Denver Central Library, and the original Denver Art Museum building. This walk has no shortage of things to see along the way.
Confluence to Commons Park Loop
Distance: 2 miles
Time: 33 minutes
Double your distance with this two mile loop from Confluence to Commons Park only a short distance from Union Station. Along the developing South Platte River area, this space has seen a lot of changes over the last decade. It is now a beautiful, sprawling green space that connects four different parks: Speer Blvd, Confluence, Commons, and Cuernavaca.
Cherry Creek Trail Loop
Distance: 3+ miles
Time: 1+ hours
The Cherry Creek Trail is a 42-mile long paved pathway that travels from Downtown Denver, past Cherry Creek Reservoir, through Parker and ends at Franktown to the east of Castle Rock. Forty-two miles is a little bit longer than a lunch time can accommodate, but a three-mile loop segment is perfectly doable if you plan to eat your lunch at your desk afterward.
South Platte River Loop
Distance: 4+ miles
Just like the Cheery Creek Trail, this loop is part of a much longer trail system. South Platte River Trail is an 18-mile paved pathway that reaches from Englewood to just south of Thornton. However, from Cuernavaca Park to Crescent Park, this section of the trail provides an easy lunch-time accessible loop for more mileage.
Mix and Match!
With these four routes you can mix and match your mileage to suit your needs. Start small and build up to the longer loops, or put them all together for one long Friday lunch time walk approximately 10 miles in length.