After hiking several trails in the Denver area, we drove up to Copper Mountain to explore some of our favorite ski runs without snow. The American Eagle chairlift takes people up to 11,250 feet at no charge. From there, we hiked a short distance up to a rocky area perfect for our young boys to go climbing.
We climbed all over the rocks, and enjoyed the incredible views. After working up an appetite, we hiked back down to Solitude Station where we enjoyed a barbecue lunch on the outside deck.
When we finished eating, we started walking down Bouncer, then crossed over to Fair Play and Foul Play. A narrow trail for hikers and mountain bikers criss crosses over the different runs.
If you are interested in biking down the mountain, a mountain bike chair lift pass is $14.00. The bike hooks on to the chair lift, and you can relax and enjoy the ride up.
It wasn't at all crowded when we were there, so we only came across a few small groups as we walked down to the village. For the most part, we were alone, and it felt like we had our own private mountain.
If you go, be sure to wear sunscreen, and bring plenty of water.