SUMMIT: 10,013 feet. TRAIL: six miles round-trip. This moderately strenuous trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, best for ages eight and up, winds along Deer Ridge to the summit, with views of surrounding snowcapped peaks, including 14,255-foot Longs Peak. Best weather is June to September, though snow or thunderstorms are always possible.
WHY KIDS LOVE IT
Even if this peak is several thousand feet shy of a fourteener, it's a Colorado classicyour kids will take pride in reaching the top. The relatively flat, shady area near the summit makes for a snapshot-friendly rest stop.
Castle Mountain Lodge (800-852-7463, www.castlemountainlodge.com), in Estes Park along the Fall River, has cabins with kitchens, fireplaces, and a playground on 35 acres bordering the national park. Family-size cabins start at $115.
Rocky Mountain National Park: 970-586-1206 , www.rocky.mountain.national-park.com/hike.htm