5 Hikes For Mindfulness This Summer

Updated: Sep 21

“Hiking in nature provides an opportunity to tune in — both to our own experience and to the world around us. While it can be easy to get lost in thought or daydreams while hiking, the simple practices of mindfulness can draw us more closely into our experience of the natural world.” — Khalila Archer, Program Director at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education.

Spending time outdoors and in nature has been proven to lift and reduce stress. It can ease depression, boost our immune system, lower blood pressure, help concentration, and improve sleep quality. Plus, getting outside is a chance to stay physically active, which helps balance our overall wellbeing.

With our constant use of technology and shift in society we have become more disconnected with nature, but that doesn’t change the fact that humans rely on the natural world. It is important to make the most of the outdoors during this time and be mindful of our relationship with nature. Jefferson Center’s Colorado Spirit team has some tips and suggestions to make your next hike a mindful hike!

Bear Creek Trail to the Castle

If you’re looking for something on the easier side, this 2 mile out and back trail is located near Idledale, Colorado. It features a beautiful river, a stunning castle, amazing greenery, plenty of wildflowers, and is a great choice for all skill levels.

TIP: Set an intention

  • Before you even begin your hike, set the intention to have a mindful hike. Take a few deep breaths to bring your mind to the present moment. At the start of the trail, set the intention to try and keep your mind as clear as you can on your hike. If something in particular has been on your mind, try and let it go for the duration of the hike.

Eldorado Canyon Trail

For those of you looking for a more advanced trail, Eldorado Canyon Trail is the perfect hike. This 6.6 mile out and back trail features a stunning waterfall. This trail is rated as moderate with some steep incline, making it a great choice for more seasoned hikers.

TIP: Pause throughout your hike to reset

  • It is easy to let our thoughts wander. If you notice your mind drifting, stop for a few moments to bring yourself back to the present moment. Take a few deep breaths and listen to your body. This could be a great time to hydrate or grab a snack.

Clear Creek Trail

This trail is great for people of all skill levels and ages! There are plenty of access points for the Clear Creek Trail, so you don’t necessarily need to start on the trailhead shown on the page. The trail is filled with lakes, parks, and spots to stop and enjoy beautiful scenic views filled with wildlife.

TIP: Focus on your sense

  • Mindfulness is about being fully present and aware of our surroundings in the current moment. One of the best ways to do this is to bring awareness to your senses so you can be fully present. Try focusing on one singular sense at a time, like letting your eyes wander to take in all the sights or listening to the sounds of nature.

Sloan’s Lake Loop

The Sloan’s Lake Loop is a great spot for a variety of different activities with spectacular views of the mountains. Whether you are looking to bird watch, enjoy a leisurely walk, or to take your dog for a stroll, Sloan’s Lake Loop has it all. It is a 2.6 mile loop that is great for all skill levels.