MuvLab-DTC Friday Five.

We're going to share five training tips, workout ideas, or five things you can do on the weekends to stay active.  This week we're sharing five places that you can get exercise within 30 minutes of MuvLab-DTC.  We're lucky to have so many great parks in close proximity to our fitness studio in Centennial, CO.  Whether you're looking for a recovery hike or an all-out conditioning session, each of the following places will meet your needs! 
1. Bluffs Regional Park
This 2.7 mile loop (3.5 miles with overlooks and feed trails) is located in Lone Tree off Lincoln Ave or RidgeGate Pkwy.  If you're looking for a relaxing hike, a lap around the park offers beautiful views and relatively easy terrain.  If you're looking for a more challenging workout, run the loop and all of the feeder trails that drop down into the neighborhoods, the connector trails and overlooks. 
2. Red Rocks Amphitheater
Don't be surprised to see hundreds of other people running, jumping, crawling and any other form of movement up the stairs on a Saturday or Sunday morning.  There are also many nice hiking trails in Red Rocks Park.  For a moderate workout we suggest walking the stairs or hiking The Trading Post Trail. This trail is 1.4 miles in length, and goes through spectacular rock formations, valleys and a natural meadow.  If you're looking for a more challenging workout run the stairs and do box jumps up the stairs.  The Red Rocks Trail runs through the east side of the park.  Head north on the trail to connect to Jefferson County’s Matthews-Winters park and then east to connect to the Dakota Ridge Trail. The three trails connect creating a dramatic 6-mile loop.
3. MAC Incline
The MAC incline or Castle Rock Incline is a 200 step timber challenge hill at the Miller Athletic Complex in Castle Rock.  You will gain 178ft in elevation each time up the stairs.  There is a trail that loops back down to the bottom of the stairs.  Each lap is 1/2 mile in length.  Complete 1 or 2 laps for a moderate workout.  For a more challenging workout, complete 5-10 laps trying to maintain the same pace each lap! 
4. Hidden Mesa Open Space
This is a joint venture between Douglas County, Town of Castle Rock, and the Pinery Water and Wastewater District to preserve 1,294 acres of mesa, steep-rock cliffs, shady gulches, open grassland, and lush riparian habitat of the Cherry Creek basin. The trail is 4.5 miles in length and offers great views of the front range including Pikes Peak.  One lap around the mesa would be enjoyable for those looking for a moderate workout.  If you're looking to challenge yourself and add some distance to the hike, we suggest doing two to for loops around the top of the mesa. Each lap around the Mesa Rim Loop is approximately 2 miles.
5. Deer Creek Canyon Park
In the 1800s, Deer Creek Canyon’s rolling hills and fertile fields lured homesteaders, and its veins of silver and gold brought miners rushing to the area. Today, Deer Creek Canyon Park is defined by its sterling recreation opportunities and golden habitat for wildlife. For a moderate hike, approximately 3.2 miles, hike the hiker only Meadowlark trail until it intersects with the multi-use Plymouth Creek Trail.  For a longer, more challenging hike take the Meadowlark Trail to the Plymouth Creek Trail and then a loop on the Plymouth Mountain Trail.  This route will be about 6.3 miles round trip. 

If you want more information about any of these recreation areas don't hesitate to ask the MuvLab staff.  We're familiar with all of these areas and frequent them ourselves on the weekends.  Remember to tag us (@muvlab_dtc and #mademymuv) or send us pictures of your adventures!  Get out and enjoy the weekend! 


Bluffs Regional Park

Red Rocks Park

MAC Incline

Hidden Mesa Open Space

Plymouth Mountain Trail - Deer Creek Canyon