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Elevation Gain: Leafly’s Guide to the 6 Best High Hikes in Colorado

August 23, 2017
As the first state to pass recreational cannabis and home to both the breathtaking Rocky Mountains and an incredible number of national parks, Colorado has always been known for its quality bud and spectacular scenery. It’s the perfect place to be for any cannabis enthusiast who happens to love the great outdoors.

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With varied landscapes and plenty of pre-rolls, edibles, and flower-filling local dispensaries, you’ll want to pack up your gear and get ready to explore everything this nature-loving Centennial State has to offer.

Rustler Gulch – Gunnison National Forest

#colorado #rustlergulch #mountains

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Nothing conveys enchantment like verdant fields blooming in rainbow. And if you’re ready to view a stunning explosion of color, look no further than Rustler Gulch close to Crested Butte. This enchanting trail is quite unlike any other as it opens to valleys flushed with 120 species of vibrant wildflowers. Walk amongst Lupine, Aspen Sunflowers, and Paintbrush as you pass babbling creeks and a sparkling waterfall reminiscent of Grimm-like fairytales.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 9 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,850 ft.

Product Pairing:  A breezy, uplifting hybrid to bolster the charming spirit of Rustler Gulch. Get your hands on Jillybean by Maggie’s Farm for its euphoric tick and mind-opening effects.


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Mount Audubon Trail – Roosevelt National Forest

on the way back down

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Grab a jacket and your sturdiest boots when you hit Mount Audubon Trail in Roosevelt National Forest. With sweeping views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks, the challenging climb to the top is definitely worth it on this adventurous trail. Travel above trees and milky clouds to spark one up at 13,225 feet.

Difficulty: Moderate/hard

Distance: 8.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,667 ft.

Product Pairing: A potent concentrate for your favorite vape pen. Pick the classic Colorado hybrid Colorado Chem for a burst of creative energy as you pass lush forests and give into the elevation of this mammoth mountain.

Conundrum Hot Springs Trail – White River National Forest

Discovered these mountains on a new level while trekking through them on a 2 day backpacking trip. Nature at truly it's finest. So thankful to witness the world in this way and to my body for handling 20 pounds for 20 miles 😅🎉🎉#aspen #conundrumhotspringstrail #firstbackpackingtrip #ldw #adventureisoutthere #worlderlust

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Though the hot springs are the main event, the hike through Conundrum Hot Springs Trail to get to them is just as magnetic. Flanked with wide valleys, blooming wildflowers, forests of aspens, and limitless greenery, this trail is a must visit. Soak in the scenery as you soothe your tired muscles in naturally heated pools reaching almost 100 degrees. Clothing is optional, so feel free to bear it all (or don’t be surprised when others do).

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 12 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,457 ft.

Product Pairing: A relaxing topical to soften sore muscles after a calming dip. Reach for Apothecanna’s Extra Strength Relieving Crème for one incredibly tranquil hiking trip.


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Seven Falls – Colorado Springs

One. Step. At. A. Time. 🙌🏼 • • • #broadmoorsevenfalls #stairwaytoheaven #coloradoadventure #cosprings #coloradolife #workout #coloradosprings #coloradofun #hikecos . 📸: @kidventurous

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Don’t go chasing waterfalls—well, not unless you plan on visiting the captivating Seven Falls in Colorado Springs. This breathtaking trail takes you up 224 man-made steps, where you’ll witness all 181 feet of glorious waterfall beneath you. Choose to go back down (bear in mind it will get crowded) or make a day of it and continue your adventure to the trails above. Bonus: Plan a trip when the sun goes down and you’ll be able to see the falls lit up against the darkening night sky.

Difficulty: Easy/moderate

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation Gain: 224 steps

Product Pairing: A small edible to snack on as you pause and take in the view at every platform. Edipure’s sour Watermelon Tarts are the perfect companion to witness one of Colorado’s natural treasures.

Royal Arch Trail – Chautauqua Park

The end of the Royal Arch Trail. Fantastic views towards Boulder, East and South. . . . . #flatirons #royalarchtrail #hikinginboulder #hikingincolorado #hiking #hikingfun #hikingviews #flatironviews #hikingadventures #boulderhikes #boulderhike #boulderhiking #boulder #boulderco #bouldercolorado #colorado #coloradohikes #coloradohiking #colorfulcolorado #coloradohike #besthikesnearboulder #besthikes #chautauquahike #chautauquahiking #chautauquatrail #chautauquatrails

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The ever-popular yet always enigmatic Royal Arch Trail leads you through the serene Bluebell Canyon before you get up close and personal with views of the 20-foot Royal Arch. This natural wonder formed about 45 million years ago, and with so much beauty and intrigue packed into one hike, it’d be tough to pass up for both tourists and Colorado natives alike.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 3.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,237 ft.

Product Pairing: A pre-loaded cartridge so you can consume with discretion. Reach for O.penVape’s energizing sativa Craft Reserves Cartridge to help you take in the colossal history surrounding the Royal Arch Trail.   


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Lake Haiyaha Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park

Hiking up to Lake Haiyaha #highaltitudehappiness #lakehaiyahatrail #rockymountainnationalpark #colorado

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If you enjoy a crisp, refreshing dip in a lake after a long hike, check out the Lake Haiyaha Trail nestled in Rocky Mountain National Park. You’ll get to pass both stunning Nymph and Dream Lakes before hitting the main event: Lake Haiyaha. Play along the shore and amongst the lake’s unique boulders before jumping into its cool waters. Tip: Lake Haiyaha is a popular trail, so get there early before the crowds.

Difficulty: Easy/moderate

Distance: 3.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 885 ft.

Product Pairing: A revitalizing hybrid housed in a convenient pre-roll. Spark up the buzzy Chemmy Jones by Willie’s Reserves and take your time viewing all the gorgeous lakes and natural beauty the Lake Haiyaha Trail contains.

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Hannah Meadows is an associate editor at Leafly, where she contributes to lifestyle content.

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