This almost 15-mile trail has most hikers completely shook.

Colorado is full of trailheads, paths, secret hiking ways, and all things outdoors. After all, high mountain peaks, untouched meadows, and hidden waterfalls all call Colorado home. Wouldn’t it be a shame to let it all sit there, unexplored?

That’s what I thought ...

Being the 12th best trail in the nation, Lone Eagle Peak is about 14.9 miles long. While some hikers like to divide up the trail and stay overnight, other hikers jump with both feet in and knock out all of it in one day. If you do stay overnight, camping permits are a must. If you park your car at the trailhead, that’s $5. The trail starts at Monarch Lake which is northwest from Denver. From the lake, you had into the forests where you’ll be shaded from the sun. You’ll hear creeks run through the woods.

As you start to climb, you’ll also run into waterfalls. Dogs are welcome, of course, but be wary. If you head onto the trail early, you are more likely to run into moose and deer. They are typically spotted among the abundant wildflower meadows.

The different intersections on the trail are also good to pay attention to. If you stay right on both intersections, you’ll find your way to Lone Eagle Peak. At the last intersection, you run into the stunning Mirror Lake and catch a peek of Lone Eagle Peak itself. You can continue on and brave the climb up the peak itself. Still, be aware of your own abilities because this climb is a steep one.

Flora found here are mostly wildflowers, still meadows are home to other dangerous plants as well. We looked into what poisonous plants could be harmful to both you and your dog. The upside? This is not a popular trail by any means. If you made a trip there, you would most likely find yourself with few hiking companions and the sounds of nature singing in your ears rather than another construction site.

Lone Eagle Peak is a great summer hike if you’re looking for waterfall views, deer quietly walking through a meadow, and a good adventure! However, Lone Eagle Peak is also known for its autumn views when the leaves in the forest change colors. So, this secret gem can wait until fall comes around.

Lone Eagle Peak is a decent road trip from the city of Denver at 2.5 hours. The drive is well worth it if you're taking in the clean, fresh air next to more than three waterfalls. What do you think? Will you be taking a summer day trip to Colorado’s secret treasure or would you rather wait until fall comes around?