Bursting at the seams with trails winding through spectacular scenery, Summit County is a must-visit destination for every hiking enthusiast. With accessible objectives snaking their way through lush forests, mountain passes, and trickling streams, both novice and expert hikers can get a taste of Colorado’s varied landscapes. Your options include the Colorado, Wheeler, and Peaks Trails, some of the most iconic hiking opportunities both in Summit County and the whole of Colorado. A portion of the Colorado trail offers lush coniferous forests and open meadows, while the Wheeler trail boasts spruce and fir forests as you climb into the alpine tundra. The Peaks trail, on the other hand, houses some of the best lookouts to the east and views of a peaceful mountain lake. Whichever option you end up choosing, you can’t go wrong! With your expert guide and their knowledge of these areas, you’ll love every second of this hiking adventure.

  • Breathe fresh air in spruce, fir, aspen, and lodgepole pine forests

  • Revel in a wide array of landscapes no matter which trail you opt for

  • Explore some of the best hiking objectives in Summit County and Colorado

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Half-Day of Hiking the Colorado Trail from Summit County
Available upon request
Full-Day of Hiking the Colorado Trail from Summit County
Available upon request
Half-Day of Hiking the Peaks Trail
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Full-Day of Hiking the Peaks Trail
Available upon request
Half-day of Hiking the Wheeler Trail
Available upon request
Full-day of Hiking the Wheeler Trail
Available upon request

Meet your guide

Colorado Adventure Guides
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Colorado Adventure Guides
Colorado Adventure Guides are dedicated to impact lives through adventure. Their philosophy has always been to share this beautiful place in which we live by providing guests with safe, fun, and educational experiences.
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Extremely knowledgeable, safety-oriented staff providing fun adventures and escapes for people at all levels of experience!

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Summit County, CO, please refer to Colorado’s COVID-19 Travel Guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A half or full day of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
      • 3% fees

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation 
      • Accommodations
      • Food
  • The best thing about hiking in Summit County is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks.

    The Colorado and Peaks Trails are suitable for all levels of hikers, while the Wheeler Trail is more difficult. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Trekking poles (available to rent)
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Close-toed shoes
      • Synthetic t-shirt or long sleeve shirt
      • Long pants or shorts
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For these private hikes, the max. client to guide ratio is 6:1. 
      • Cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family! 

    Hiking in Summit County can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • Refunds will be honored for cancellations with more than 48 Hours PRIOR notice to trip start time. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations.
      • Rescheduling will be honored 48 HOURS prior to trip start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling.
      • All activities are rain or shine. In case of operator cancellation due to adverse or unsafe conditions prior to start time, first the operator will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, the client will receive a full refund. Operator, including guides in the field, reserves the right to shorten or reroute activity in case of unmanageable hazards or inability of guest to complete the objective. Completion of objective-based routes is not guaranteed.
  • To get to Summit County, most people fly into Denver International Airport just under 2 hours away from Summit County. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. Half-day tours depart at 8 am and 1 pm, while full-day tours start at 8 am. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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