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10.4 mile 16.7 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,435' 437 m
Descent: -1,435' -437 m
High: 8,275' 2,522 m
Low: 6,842' 2,085 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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A fantastic hike, right near town!

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail is closed December through April for Elk calving.


This trail has it all, and it's easily accessible from town!

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Because it's easy to get to and beautiful, you're likely to see other hikers, cyclists, dogs, etc.


Let's review:
  • Beautiful singletrack
  • Wildflowers galore, including enormous Rocky Mountain Columbines (the state flower)
  • Old-growth aspen groves
  • A dozen bridges
  • Cool rock formations
  • A beautiful creek
  • Accessible from downtown

Yes, this trail is amazing! And it's no secret, so you'll undoubtedly see other trail users.

From the bottom, this trail cruises up an easy dirt road for half a mile to a pond and picnic area. Continue up the dirt road another couple tenths, cross the creek, then ascend a steep rocky section of road. From here, the singletrack begins and gets better and better for the next 3+ miles.

The first bit is a bit steep, but not unmanageable. Pass cool rock formations, huge aspens, and a beautiful creek all the way up to the top.

The hike down is super fun and fast. Be careful of a few loose sections, though.

A trail of this quality, leaving right from downtown, is indeed a special thing. Enjoy!

Flora & Fauna

Rocky Mountain Columbines (the state flower), and tons of old-growth Aspens. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and moose in the area, as they like to roam the peaceful meadows along the trail. Be sure to read the instructions at the trailhead regarding how to handle a moose encounter, as improper precautions could spell trouble.


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May 14, 2018
Katie Ashley
Oct 17, 2017
Matt Stoub
Jun 9, 2017
Matt Stoub
Mar 20, 2017
Krystyna Zatorski
3.6mi — 1h 37m
Aug 13, 2016
Chris Teske
1h 45m

Trail Ratings

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Krystyna Zatorski
Arvada, CO
Krystyna Zatorski   Arvada, CO
****THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED DECEMBER THROUGH APRIL FOR ELK HERDING**** You can hike about 1.5 miles until you reach a part of the trail that is closed during winter for elk herding. You can tell some people still hike past though. Super easy hike to that point - not sure about the rest of the hike. Mar 22, 2017
Tom Robson
Boulder, CO
Tom Robson   Boulder, CO
Added those notes to the "Restrictions" section. Thanks, Krystyna! Mar 22, 2017
In town and lovely, especially in the fall. Go do it! Sep 11, 2018

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