Posted on 2/17/2010 by Alyssa Hubbard

Hiking in Keystone

Keystone, Colorado is a hikers paradise, with hiking trails that everyone will enjoy. No need to be a seasoned hiker though, there are plenty of trails for recreational hiking with the whole family. In Keystone, you can enjoy either short hikes, day hikes, longer weekend backpacking trips, or even multi-day hikes. Hiking is an easier and one of the most fun things to do as a family while you're in Keystone. One thing to do before your vacation trip to Keystone is to check out the different hikes and plan your hikes out ahead of time. You'll definitely want to read up on Colorado's weather and hiking, so you're prepared for anything on your hike. Read up on some of the best hiking trails in Keystone and take a look through reviews, trail maps and photos posted by other hikers. Tripleblaze has a great list of some of Colorado's best hikes. A must see, and one of the most enjoyable hikes around Keystone, are the trails near the ghost town of Montezuma. Radical Hill is about a 6 mile long trail with an elevation gain of 1,500 ft. The views on this hike are absolutely stunning. You'll want to make sure and take a peek into the old mining cabin near the top of the trail as well. Definitely make sure to bring more water than you think. Remember that at altitude, you need more water than usual, as well as plenty of sunscreen. You'll also want to keep in mind that this area of Colorado is also known for afternoon thunderstorms in the summer months, so earlier in the day is typically the best time to go hiking. Make sure to pack a light rain jacket, hat and portable blanket, along with a small first aid kit. No matter what hike or hikes you decide to take with your family, you will definitely enjoy the amazing and stunning views Keystone has to offer all along the hikes. So plan a few hikes for the family on your next vacation to Keystone, and enjoy your time together creating memories that you'll cherish forever.
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