Our Top 5 Favorite Evergreen Hikes

Evergreen, Colorado is a beautiful area enveloped in stunning nature that everybody can experience. One of the Colorado Bear Creek Cabins family’s favorite outdoor activity during the summertime is to throw on some hiking shoes and explore some of the thousands of Evergreen hiking trails that surround us. From easy hikes near Evergreen for the whole family to more extreme and difficult Evergreen hiking trails, there really is something for everybody. We have divided our recommendations into three different categories: Evergreen hikes for the family (easier), Evergreen hikes for the traveler (moderate), and finally an Evergreen hike for the adventurer (difficult). All of our recommendations are Evergreen hikes that we have completed, so we know what they are like! Let’s dive right into the first category.

Evergreen Hikes for the Family

The abundance of trails surrounding the area allow even inexperienced hikers or families to relish the impeccable nature in Evergreen, Colorado. The two Evergreen hikes in this category are great for beginner hikers or families who want an easier, enjoyable experience.

Evergreen Hike 1 – Alderfer Three Sisters

view from the top of Brother's Lookout Loop
View from Brother’s Lookout Loop
Source: Samuel Hoelscher

The first and certainly one of the most popular hiking trails in Evergreen is Alderfer Three Sisters. This Evergreen hiking trail is named after the three similar peaks that overlook the open space, hence “Three Sisters.”

There are a variety of loops you can do, however, our personal favorite is the Brother’s Lookout Loop. This hike is approximately 3 miles in total. It is an easier climb that also gives you an exceptional view of the surrounding area from the top, and it is a great option for the whole family to enjoy. You can also bring your furry friends to Alderfer Three Sisters but they must be kept on a leash at all times. For directions to Alderfer Three Sisters, please click on the icon below:

Google maps directions to Alderfer three sisters park

Alderfer Three Sisters also has a few other trails that you can see on the map below. Whichever trail you choose, we recommend completing this Evergreen hike early in the morning. The trail map for Alderfer Three Sisters can be found here.

alderfer/three sisters park trail map in Jefferson County Colorado
Alderfer Three Sisters Trail Map
Source: Jefferson County Colorado

Evergreen Hike 2 – Lair O’ The Bear

view of Lair O' the Bear Bruin Bluff trail loop
Lair O’ the Bear Bruin Bluff Trail Loop
Source: Shamus Sampson from All Trails

Don’t be frightened by the name Lair O’ the Bear! This Evergreen hiking trail is another great option for the whole family. Our recommended loop is the Bruin Bluff Trail Loop, which is an easier hike that takes you alongside Bear Creek and then to the top for some great views. The Bruin Bluff Trail Loop is only 1.5 miles with very little incline.

This is an excellent park for the family due to the abundance of outdoor charcoal grills and picnic tables. It is a great spot to get a good hike in and then have a nice lunch by the creek! Dogs are also allowed but must be leashed at all times. The Colorado Bear Creek Cabin family has enjoyed this Evergreen hike for many years due to these awesome amenities. Directions to Lair O’ the Bear can be found by clicking the icon below:

google maps directions to Lair O' the Bear park

The best time to hike Lair O’ the Bear would be in the mid-morning. Your family can get a good Evergreen hike in and then enjoy lunch on one of the picnic tables by the creek. We have done this many times and it is a great experience! The trail map for Lair O’ the Bear can be found here.

Lair O' the Bear Park trail map in Jefferson County Colorado
Lair O’ The Bear Park Trail Map
Source: Jefferson County Colorado

Evergreen Hikes for Travelers

The next category of hikes that we personally recommend are for those who are travelling to Colorado and want a classic Colorado hiking experience. These Evergreen hikes are a little bit more challenging due to the incline and/or elevation than Alderfer Three Sisters and Lair O’ the Bear. However, the Evergreen hikes for travelers that we recommend are also great options for the family if you are comfortable with the altitude and incline.

Evergreen Hike 3 – Mt. Falcon

view of mountains from Mount Falcon Turkey Trot Loop
Mt. Falcon Turkey Trot Loop
Source: Manny Fernandez from All Trails

Another one of our favorite Evergreen hikes, Mt. Falcon is an excellent option for the intermediate hiker or family. There is a nice incline to get your heart rate up at the beginning, and throughout the hike you will get excellent views of Red Rocks, the surrounding mountains, and at the top you can even see downtown Denver!

The best loop from our experience is the Turkey Trot Loop, which totals 3 miles. For the first mile or so, the incline is pretty steep, but then after that it gradually tapers off until you reach the summit. The second half of the hike is all downhill! Directions to this Evergreen hike can be found by clicking the icon below:

google maps directions to Mount Falcon Turkey Trot Loop

Your fuzzy friends are allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash at all times. We recommend doing this Evergreen hike earlier in the day. The trail map for Mt. Falcon open space can be found here.

Mount falcon park trail map in Jefferson County Colorado
Mount Falcon Trail Map
Source: Jefferson County Colorado

Evergreen Hike 4 – Maxwell Falls

view of mountains on Maxwell Falls upper trail
Maxwell Falls Upper Trail
Source: Rachelle Dorr from All Trails

Having recently discovered this gem of an Evergreen hike, Maxwell Falls is one of my personal favorites at this time. This hike can be a little bit more challenging for inexperienced hikers, primarily due to the altitude (not to be confused with elevation gain. The average altitude for this hike is around 8,200 feet). This Evergreen hike boasts some amazing views from the summit, runs along Maxwell Creek, and also has incredible mini-waterfalls scattered throughout, hence the name “Maxwell Falls.”

There are two entry points to this hike. The first is referred to as the lower trail head, which starts at the bottom of the falls. The second, and our preference, is the upper trail head. You will drive to the top and do a loop into the mountains of approximately 2.5 miles total, and there is not a whole lot of elevation gain. However, the views from the top and the falls throughout the trail are what make this Evergreen hike particularly special. Directions to this Evergreen hike can be found by clicking the icon below:

google maps directions to Maxwell falls upper trail head

Like the other Evergreen hikes, your dogs are allowed to come as long as they are on a leash at all times. To get the best experience on this Evergreen hike, we recommend hitting the trail early. The trail map for can be found here .

maxwell falls upper trail map/route
Maxwell Falls Upper Trail Map/Route
Source: All Trails

Evergreen Hikes for the Adventurer

The final category of Evergreen hikes are the most difficult yet rewarding hikes that the Colorado Bear Creek Cabins family has completed to date. The following Evergreen hike should only be attempted by those who are aware of their capabilities and can handle the altitude and elevation gain. We do not recommend the proceeding Evergreen hike for families with children or inexperienced hikers. However, those who are up for the challenge and whom have a bit more experience with hiking should consider this hike!

Evergreen Hike 5 – Bergen Peak Trail

view of mountains from Bergen Peak Trail
View from Bergen Peak Trail
Source: Kevin Sudnik from All Trails

Bergen Peak Trail is one of the Evergreen hikes within the Elk Meadow Jefferson County Open Space. From the summit of Bergen Peak, you will stand at almost 10,000 feet (9,701 feet to be exact), which is almost double the elevation of downtown Denver. The summit of Bergen Peak trail also boasts some incredible views that tower over every other nearby mountain, making it a very challenging yet rewarding Evergreen hike.

This hike is very long, around 10 miles in total. It took us around 4 hours to complete, but individual time may vary depending on a variety of factors. On the way to the summit you will gain over 2,000 feet in elevation, which means there is a lot of incline on the way. Directions to Bergen Peak Trail can be found by clicking the icon below:

google maps directions to Bergen Peak Trail

From doing it ourselves, we have a few recommendations. First, unless you really want to bring your furry friend, we suggest leaving him/her at home. This is a very long trail and depending on the age and fitness level of your dog, it may be too long of a hike. Furthermore, having your pal with you can potentially add a few hours to the process, which may wear on you as the hike goes on.

Second, make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and some snacks. In order for our bodies to function properly, we must stay hydrated and nourished. Furthermore, the sun will be beating on your skin for a good majority of the hike, making it necessary to apply sunscreen if you do not wish to catch a bad sunburn.

Lastly, we would again recommend doing this hike early in the morning. For individuals who have not completed it before, it can be difficult to estimate how long it will take. Therefore, it is always best to give yourself more time than you think you will need in case of something happening. For example, going in the afternoon is a bad idea, especially if you have not done it before because it could get dark before you return! The trail map for all Bergen Peak and Elk Meadow Open Space can be found here .

bergen peak and elk meadow park trail map in Jefferson County Colorado
Bergen Peak and Elk Meadow Trail Map
Source: Jefferson County Colorado

Conclusion of Evergreen Hikes

From families with children and pets to extreme athletes, our mountain community is scattered with thousands of trails that everyone can enjoy. To discover more trails near Evergreen, we recommend checking out All Trails. This website has an abundance of great information such as trails, directions, and statistics. We also recommend checking out Jefferson County Colorado Open Space. Their website gives a list of all of the public parks that we can enjoy and free printable trail maps for all of them.

In case we have not mentioned before, Colorado Bear Creek Cabins is at the heart of all of these amazing Evergreen hikes. If you are planning a trip to Colorado and are looking for an authentic experience full of outdoor adventure, our cabin Colorado is an excellent option. Whether you are coming with a family, your significant other, or solo, we’ve got you covered. For more information, feel free to contact us or check out our vacation cabins!

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