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Hiking in Keystone

Keystone may be known primarily for its skiing and snowboarding, but in the spring, summer, and fall, the Colorado snow gives way to wildflowers, grassy peaks, sunny days, and plenty of wilderness to explore.  Keystone is surrounded by some of the best hiking in Colorado with trails ranging from easy beginner jaunts to tough, technical terrain.

Dercum Mountain

Varying lengths/ vertical 2360 ft.

As one of the peaks encompassed by Keystone Resort, Dercum offers a variety of routes to explore.  Take any of the many ski trails if you feel like challenging yourself by heading straight uphill.  Want to meander a bit more?  Try one of the bike trails, rates from easy (green) to hard (black) – just keep an eye out for mountain bikers heading downhill.  For those who want to enjoy the scenery without a strenuous hike, there’s also the option to take the gondola from the base area of Keystone and then hike back down.

Baker Mountain Trail

2 miles/ 448 ft.

The Baker Mountain Trail is a fun and scenic trail that starts at the top of Loveland Pass.  This short but sweet trail crosses a saddle on the Continental Divide and only has 500 ft of elevation change.  While the ascent up to Baker Mountain is quite steep at parts, the short distance makes this hike achievable for even families with children, and you will rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views at the summit.

Dillon Peninsula

5.3 miles/ vertical 225 ft.

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Dillon, the peninsula is home to the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area, which includes a most flat dirt road and two hiking trails: the Meadow Loop and the Ridge Trail.  Those seeking a leisurely stroll with great views of the lake, the Gore Range, and the Dillon Marina, can enjoy the main road which is mostly closed to vehicles (the Denver Water Board has access).  The hiking trails will lead you away from the main dirt road into the Dillon Nature Preserve, where you’ll want to keep an eye out for numerous species of birds, foxes, deer, and other wildlife.  Follow the Ridge Trail up to the ridge for great views across Lake Dillon towards Swan Mountain and the Ten Mile Range.