Let’s be honest—most of us know “Never Summer” as the name of a Denver-based snowboard company. But that name was inspired by a real place: 21,000-acre wilderness just west of Rocky Mountain National Park and less than three hours from downtown Denver.
That proximity to the Front Range is a big selling point for us. But we really like Never Summer for its diverse terrain, wildlife, and its 600-year-old trees (which owe their longevity to the range’s year-round moisture).
Short Day: Lost Lake
Originally called Solitaire Lake, the mysterious Lost Lake stands alone among dense forest and boulders at the bottom of the grassy incline that makes it way up to the point of Cascade Mountain. This 2.4-mile round trip hike is easy, scenic and the perfect trail for a picnic.