Base Camp Denver shows hikers where and when to go–and also how to prepare–to enjoy the best trails this unparalleled region has to offer.
Denver is known the world over as the gateway to Colorado’s magnificent Rocky Mountains. Four national forests, a national grassland, scores of regional and city parks and preserves, and Rocky Mountain National Park offer hundreds of hiking and walking trails—all within one to three hours of downtown Denver. Base Camp Denver offers you 101 of the best of these great hiking destinations to choose from. Take a day to explore an alpine meadow, walk to a waterfall, hike through a forest, or stroll suburban parklands. Enjoy a spectacular day of spring wildflowers or fall foliage, and still be home by dinnertime. Scramble to the top of a mountain to enjoy a sunrise and still make it to work by eight. With Pete KJ as your guide and Denver as your base camp, the splendor of Colorado’s Front Range is yours to enjoy one day—or even just a few hours—at a time.
The author has hiked each of the 101 featured routes within the last two years. He describes each in detail and provides both historical context and descriptive narrative about the geology, flora, and fauna you’re likely to encounter. Because the eastern slope of the Colorado Rockies experiences all four seasons, the author provides guidance as to what hikes are best for each time of year. You’ll learn where and when to find wildflowers or enjoy a fall foliage display. Star ratings from 1 to 5 indicate trail condition and difficulty, making it easy to determine which hikes are best for inexperienced, physically challenged, and young hikers.
Each hike’s description includes detailed driving directions to the trailhead, elevation, approximate hiking time, and information about parking and restrooms. Each chapter has a regional map showing all the trailheads in the area, and each hike has its own route map. In addition to all the basics, you’ll discover much more, like the best places to hike with your dog and not-to-be-missed hikes for kids. You’ll know in advance whether you’ll have a trail to yourself or share it with bikes and horses.
To help hikers choose the perfect ramble, an easy-reference guide lists the top five hikes in a variety of categories. From birdwatching, stargazing, wildflowers, and wetlands to kid-and-teen favorites, most strenuous, and most remote, there are hikes to suit every interest and ability. Base Camp Denver shows hikers where and when to go–and also how to prepare–to enjoy the best trails this unparalleled region has to offer.
Pete KJ began explorations at age three in the wooded ravine that was his backyard in Seattle. He also began a lifelong writing habit. Backyard expanded as Pete stomped all over the Cascades and Olympics as a youth, and headed onward to the Pyrenees, Alps, Himalayas, and Andes. Peace Corps service in Africa cemented his deep desire to always be out in the world, and when he finally sat in a cubicle as a chemical engineer, it was in places like Puerto Rico and India. Long absent from cubicle, he moved on to raise kids, travel the world with them, and write about it (and also write three novels). Career brought Pete to Colorado in the 1990s; its gravity and beauty pulled him back.
Base Camp Denver: 101 Hikes in Colorado’s Front Range will be released by Imbrifex Books in April, 2019. A party to celebrate its publication will be held at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on 16th Street in Denver on April 4, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome. More information about the launch party and pre-order information will be available soon.
Paperback: $24.95 US / $33.46 CDN ISBN: 9781945501135
E-book: $12.95 US / $16.50 CDN ISBN: 9781945501142
384 pages. 8 trailhead location maps. 101 route maps, 216 Color photos. On-Sale: April 2, 2019
"Chapters are ordered according to distance from The Strip. A profusion of color photos fills the book. Each chapter provides an area overview and map, while each hike gets its own description along with direction to the trailhead, degree of difficulty, elevation (and gain), best time of year to go, and other relevant information." -- Al Bonowitz, Westways AAA Magazine
"Diving into the book, it provided a broad cross-section of terrain and difficulty, providing something for everyone. The book uses full-color printing throughout, and the photography is beautiful. There were a number of obscure trails and adventures that I had only heard of in passing, and that’s where Base Camp Las Vegas excels, in whetting your appetite for exploring places you may have heard of but have never been."--Jeff Hester, SoCalHikerRead more...