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Danielle Silveira

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Is it too cold for Hiking in March in CO? - Where should I go?

I am travelling to Denver/Golden for a half marathon in March (the 3rd week). I have heard of all the wonderful hiking and sites - but I am worried it might be too cold to go hiking. Is this the case? If not, What are some "can't miss" spots to hike? Thanks! 

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  • Dan Barber

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    It is usually not too cold. Denver itself can be fairly warm in late March, and there is a fair amount of local hiking. I recommend a stop at an REI store in the area for tips on where you can try snowshoeing, such as at Echo Lake near Mt. Evans . You can rent there as well as buy, and they run classes in case that works with your timetable.

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      Thanks Dan! :) We will definitely try to check out Echo Lake! I have never been snowshoeing before :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Brit Capri

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    Yes, it's usually too cold in March for hiking higher elevations, but you can likely get away with hiking around Golden at Golden Gate Canyon State Park or Matthews / Winters Park Trail , or up in Boulder at Chautauqua Park .

    Just keep your eyes peeled on the weather, as we're known to get late-season snow dumps in March.

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    Colorado's snowiest month is usually March, but we often see temps of over 60 degrees, as well. Even so, it shouldn't be too cold as long as you pack the right gear (hats, boots, etc). Easy, "can't miss" spots include Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, the Flat Irons in Boulder, red rocks ampitheater (not sure when they open).

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    It has been a brutal winter here by Boulder standards. I don't see it getting much milder any time soon. Stay close to downtown Boulder , so you can enjoy the end of the hiking trail in a cosy caffe. Try Centennial Trailhead , there is a vortex there (if u believe in such things), or Sanitas Valley Trail right across the road. And, if you have a car, check out Estes Park .

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    Hi Danielle, March is such an iffy month with weather in Colorado. It can be 70 and sunny, yet a spring storm may come in. Some of our biggest blizzards have been in March, it is the snowiest month of our year here in between the wonderful warm sunny spring days. Snow doesn't stay for long that time of year. Golden is wonderful. If you have a day to hike, I would suggest the famous natural amphitheatre that every band wants to play at red rocks ampitheater. It has tons of hiking trails around the theatre, and at the top, an elevator to take you down to restaurant/bar and gift shop and a Wall of Fame, just a couple miles from Golden, in Morrison, CO. If its really perfect weather, go up to Golden Gate Canyon State Park , TREMENDOUS hiking trails in the foothills. Get maps, big place. In Morrison, eat Mexican food and margaritas at Morrison Inn . In Golden, I love the Table Mountain Inn .

    Hope this helps...Janko

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    Most likely it will not be too cold, but it depends on our weather and what you define as "cold" :) The bigger issue is, "what hiking trails will have snow on them and which ones will not?" Again, it depends on recent snow falls.

    If I were you I would do one of two options: 1) drive 10-15 W of downtown to red rocks ampitheater, where you can hike on trails all around RR, and then have lunch and see some of RR concert films/memorabilia if you are into music, or 2) drive to Boulder, which is ~ 30 min drive NW of downtown and go hike on the network of trails around the Flatirons and have lunch/dinner in one of dozens of great spots on Pearl Street.

    Another option is to do a variation of a hike and go snow shoeing, but this will require a longer drive to get up in higher elevations. Rocky Mountain National Park is a good option, but is 90 min drive from Denver.

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