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Explore trails with Beaver Creek Hiking Center

BEAVER CREEK — At the Beaver Creek Hiking Center, hiking is more than just being exposed to breathtaking views.

With hikes including wine excursions and picnics, the hiking center has guided adventures for every age and ability.

"Beaver Creek is an awesome place to come hiking," said Nate Goldberg, director of the hiking center, located in the Summer Adventure Center. "We've got such a wide array of trails from here to Arrowhead and Bachelor's Gulch."

Beaver Creek Hiking Center has coveted permits to lead hikes within an 80-mile radius, giving them the ability to lead hikes to 10 of Colorado's 14ers.

"So if you've ever wanted to bag a big peak, our guides know how to do it right," Goldberg said.

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There's also guided mountain bike rides, as well as wine excursions.

"That's a great program because we drive up to Beano's, hike to Beaver Lake and then hike back down to Beano's and have a beautiful wine and cheese pairing at that Beano's setting," he said.

There's also hikes geared toward families with children of all ages.

"A really nice, easy option is our complimentary Nature Valley Hike, which takes place at the top of Chair 6 every day from 11 a.m. to 12," Goldberg said.

Courtney Propst, of Aurora, was on the Nature Valley Hike on Thursday with her three daughters, Katelyn, 8; Laurel, 6; and Mallie, 3.

"This was so good because we didn't really know where to start," she said.

The hike included history of the land, wildlife facts and a leisurely stroll around the mountain.

The Nature Valley Hike is free, and cost of other hikes vary, starting with the Rise & Shine Hike for $45 up to more advanced hikes costing $170 per person. There's also equipment, from boots to poles to rain jackets, available for rent at the Beaver Creek Hiking Center.

For more information or to book a hike, call 970-754-5373 or visit http://www.BeaverCreek.com.

"I want to spend more time up here," said Carol Kuschke, who was hiking at Beaver Creek on Thursday. "It's so lovely up here."

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

Pick a hike

• Nature Valley Hike: This complimentary, easy hike meets daily at 11 a.m. outside of Spruce Saddle Lodge and requires no reservations.

• Hike and Wine Excursions: A hike to Beaver Lake is followed by a wine, cheese and meat pairing on the deck at Beano’s Cabin. Excursions begin at 1:30 p.m. and last four hours and are scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Cost is $140.

• Rise and Shine Hike: New this year, this is a combination of hiking, cardio, fitness and stretching. Scheduled daily from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or arranged privately, all levels are welcome to this hike, which also includes a $10 Starbucks gift certificate. Cost is $45.

• Colorado 13er, 14er, peak ascent: These all-day adventures take hikers to the tallest Colorado peaks, with elevation gains ranging from 3,000 to 4,500 feet. Hikes are scheduled for Wednesdays or for private groups. Cost is $285 for individuals, $270 per person for two people, $155 per person for groups of three and $125 for four or more hikers.

For more information or to book a guided hike, call 970-754-5373 or visit http://www.beavercreek.com.