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Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder

2nd Edition

Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug


Best Hikes Near

Who says you have to travel far from home for a great hike? With these information-packed guides in hand, readers have everything they need for the adventure they seek, from an easy nature walk to a multiday backpack. Each featured hike includes everything about the trail: location, length, hiking time, and level of difficulty, and if dogs can come along. Other features include:

- Trail finder chart that categorizes each hike (e.g., for particular attractions such as waterfalls and if it's suitable for families with kids)

- Full-color photos throughout

- Information on the area's history, geology, flora, and fauna

- Full-color maps of each trail

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Globe Pequot Press / Falcon Guides
Pages: 296Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4930-2481-0 • Paperback • May 2017 • $22.95 • (£15.95)
978-1-4930-2482-7 • eBook • May 2017 • $21.99 • (£14.95) (coming soon)
Maryann Gaug is a Colorado native and the author of Hiking Colorado and Hiking Colorado’s Summit County Area (both FalconGuides). She writes for Cyberwest e-zine and for Summit County newspapers.

Sandy Heise migrated to Colorado over 35 years ago to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. She learned to rock climb in a Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) Basic Mountaineering School course and fell deeply in love with anything related to mountains. She eventually became a Senior Instructor for the same course and also lead day trips into the mountains near Boulder. She has also assisted with the CMC's Advanced Mountaineering School, teaching ice climbing and winter outdoor skills. Sandy has climbed 51 of Colorado's 54 official “fourteeners” (peaks over 14,000 feet high) and backpacked several sections of the Colorado Trail. She has explored mountain ranges around the world. At least once a week, you can find Sandy on a trail, mountain summit, rock face, frozen waterfall, or a pair of skis somewhere in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Best Hikes near Denver and Boulder won First Place in Books/Scripts for TV/Movie/Video and
also Best of Show in those categories in the annual Rocky Mountain Writers and Photographers
award competition. The judge was Russ Bromby, retired editor of Colorado Outdoors magazine and chief of communications for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Russ Bromby's comments on the book:
"Extremely well researched and detailed, this book is a delight. From the heartfelt
acknowledgments and introduction to the descriptions of the hikes, the meticulous care and hours
of work are clearly evident. Abundant maps and photos and an ingenious trail finder make this
an invaluable hiking guide. Each hike description is loaded with details including history,
location, changes in elevation, hiking times and difficulty, trail surfaces and the best time of year
to hike specific trails. The maps are well executed and detailed, but if that's not enough, the
author has provided GPS data and lists of supplemental maps. Local land management
information is also thoughtfully provided. Particularly impressive is the step-by-step walk
through for each hike, complete with mileage."

[Setting] -
the greater Denver & Boulder Colorado area