The National Weather Service is calling for 90 degree heat this weekend. What if you want to hike? Summer is winding down, so don't let the opportunity to enjoy a hike pass you by. Here are two Western Colorado trails you'll enjoy, even when the temperature is above 90.

First of all, we're talking "hike." We're not talking about climbing or anything strenuous. This information pertains to relatively flat trails offering shade.

Please note: While these "trails" are friendly under hot conditions, that fact applies primarily to those wearing shoes. The blacktop on the Audubon Trail is acceptable to humans in 100-degree heat, but not the unprotected paws of your dog. The blacktop can get scorching hot, even when the temperature is only 90. Please keep this in mind.

With a little luck, we might see snow this winter. I wouldn't hold my breath, but it is possible. Before winter gets here, try to enjoy a handful of hikes around the valley.

In no particular order, here are two  hikes you may enjoy when the temperature pushes 90.

  • 1

    Eagle's Wing

    Little Park Road

    Once again, this trail offers at least partial shade. With Eagle's Wing, you'll work your way up the north side of the hill. Unless it's high noon, you'll have some shade. Once at the top, you'll enjoy some truly nice features.

    This trail is a single-track dirt trail. There's only a slight incline. Chances are you'll walk the entire thing and never encounter another human being.

    Waylon Jordan
  • 2

    Gunny Loop

    Little Park Road

    Gunny Loop, or at least parts of it, offers ample shade. This is a single-track dirt trail, with only a few peaks and valleys. For the most part, it's a trail suitable for anyone. Overall, you're looking at investing about one hour of your time.

    There's a convenient parking area at the trailhead. From there you can set out on one of three trails. I recommend taking the trail to the left (north) and looping back to the straightaway returning you to the parking area.

    Waylon Jordan