Then follow it up with well-earned brats and pints of lager. Connect with Facebook. With several 14ers as a backdrop, the 12-mile out-and back trail hugs the shoreline of the calm lake. Aim to reach Upper Lost Man Lake to see Geissler Mountain, Twining Peak, and the surrounding summits. From the top of the pass, strong runners can continue along the ridges to 13,743' Argentine Peak, 13,856' Mount Edwards, or even all the way to  14,278' Grays Peak. OR. The trail then continues up Argentine Peak to the Continental Divide. Explore. Eli Duke, mods made. Black Mountain, North Carolina. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. Avoid this trail in the spring when there’s still snow above the treeline and muddy meltwater running down the trail. In any case, expect to see rocky outcroppings and the city below this popular trail. 2. Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado. “Trails are always magical,” said Hulick, a Wisconsin native who moved here largely for the trail running last year, “but they are magical on steroids in Colorado.” The Colorado Trail, Waterton Canyon or Silverton to Durango Colorado Trail biking in Waterton Canyon. Runners have tons of options at Leadville throughout the year — the Leadville Trail 100 (!!) Beginning at Camp Dick Campground a few miles north of Ward, the initially flat Buchanan Pass Trail runs nine miles west, partly along Middle St. Vrain Creek, to Buchanan Pass (11,837 feet) on the Continental Divide. A Big Backyard. Climbers can bailout on the Barr Trail two-thirds of the way up, just before the climb is at its steepest. The largest online directory of races and clubs. A 40-minute drive west of downtown Denver is Mount Falcon Park near Morrison. The historic mining town of Leadville is the only Colorado location to be nominated in the Best Historic Small Towns of 2020 competition. And on especially clear days runners can see out to the La Sal Mountains in western Colorado and eastern Utah. It's also possible to run from the east side of the pass starting at the Waldorf Mine 4x4 road and trailhead. Jackson, Wyoming. Take a break there to view Browns Peak (13,523) before continuing on to the peak. Per capita, the sensational views on mountain trails in Colorado is, literally, sky high. Buchanan Pass, Colorado. Ben Deutsch. It’s a little more than five miles to the crest, where you can look down into the Meadow Creek Valley and beyond to Red Peak and Buffalo Mountain, as well as the Gore and Tenmile ranges. Also visible are five 14'ers in the San Juan Range. COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO. A crucial and dreaded section of the Leadville 100 course (there’s a reason the aid station just shy of the peak is called “Hopeless”), this 9-mile out-and-back route connects other trails from the Willis Gulch Trailhead about 25 miles southwest of Leadville. Start the loop at Maroon Lake in either direction, although most hikers do it clockwise for the easier initial ascent and best scenery at the end. Mount Falcon, Castle Trail, Colorado. Salil Wadhavkar. With grades as steep as 68 percent on its short ascent, the Manitou Incline is less a running trail than a physical challenge very popular among overachievers in the Colorado Springs area. Durango is a small southwestern Colorado town surrounded by mountains and deserts. This difficult but popular trail offers a 9-mile trip from in the Brainard Lake Recreation Areaof the Indian Peaks Wilderness to Pawnee Peak and back. Mount Falcon, Castle Trail, Colorado. FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA Located 7,000-feet above sea level and sporting a temperate summer climate, Flagstaff is home to some of the country’s best pro runners. You could take a leisurely three to four days, like many backpackers do, to cover the 26.4-mile Four Pass Loop through the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and not be disappointed. Little Cottonwood Canyon is an Instagrammer’s favorite, Horsetail Falls is also particularly beautiful during wildflower season, … As you run it, try to imagine the original Argentine Pass Trail as the wagon trail it was in the late 1800s between Georgetown and the mining camps on the western slope of the divide. Records are kept for the fastest and most frequent summits. It's also possible to run from the east side of the pass starting at the Waldorf Mine 4x4 road and trailhead. The Lower Lost Man Loop starts in the woods before it climbs and opens up into a stunning alpine meadow valley. Asheville, North Carolina. Trail Runner’s Top Towns of 2016. Run it in out and back for a 12-mile outing with 3,250 feet of climbing. Salil Wadhavkar. Mount Falcon, Castle Trail, Colorado. As an added bonus, runners can make spectacular loops by splitting off several trails, such as Fern Canyon, Shadow Canyon, and the Green-Bear Trail, to get above Boulder's iconic Flatirons and add some serious elevation to their runs. Most of the middle miles of the trail cuts through old-growth forest, so it’s shaded. Hope Pass, Leadville, Colorado. The 12,943' peak, just a half mile off the trail, rewards with sweet views of the Indian Peaks and Wild Basin Area of Rocky Mountain National Park. Animas Mountain, Cinnamon Pass, Colorado. The towns sit at elevations of 8,750 feet and 7,810 feet respectively, but the pass between them reaches 13,114 feet, the second highest in Colorado. These trails all feed into the Mesa Trail as it skirts the base of the mountains. Others, such as Branson, Missouri and New York City may surprise you. It was in operation until 1990 when a rock slide took out the tracks and the railroad company opted not to repair them. From Silverton, you’ll head towards Highway 550 and drive north until the Country Road 7 turn. Whether it’s running through town, jogging alongside a river or churning your way up a picturesque mountain, these are 10 of the best cities in the world for trail running. You don't have to be an elite ultramarathoner or seeker of the fastest known time (FKT) on a given 14er to enjoy the trails. 15 OF COLORADO'S MOST SCENIC TRAIL RUNNING DESTINATIONS, ©SUPERFEET WORLDWIDE, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. bouldercolorado.gov. Next Generation Running Trail Maps. Originally written by RootsRated for Superfeet. There are many trails here with fantastic views of the Front Range, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and Denver proper. As you run it, try to imagine the original Argentine Pass Trail as the wagon trail it was in the late 1800s between Georgetown and the mining camps on the western slope of the divide. ELEVATION: average ~10,300 feet ROUTE: well maintained, popular trail, signed junctions GUIDEBOOK: Colorado Trail 9th Edition DATA BOOK: 7th Edition Boulder, CO. 4. Sign Up or Log In. There are many trails here with fantastic views of the Front Range, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and Denver proper. Flagstaff, Arizona. Juneau, Alaska. From the Chautauqua trailhead, you can add a mile by taking the even more scenic and challenging Bluebell Trail detour. Run it in out and back for a 12-mile outing with 3,250 feet of climbing. The 12,943' peak, just a half mile off the trail, rewards with sweet views of the Indian Peaks and Wild Basin Area of Rocky Mountain National Park. For the aspiring trail runner, this is a bounty of adventure that offers a lifetime of possibilities. Also visible are five 14'ers in the San Juan Range. Jordan Curet. Mark DeVries, mods made. These trails all feed into the Mesa Trail as it skirts the base of the mountains. Above a talus field a little farther on, you'll see Sawtooth Mountain, the Indian Peaks to the south, and Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park to the north.