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Shadow Canyon

 4.3 (10)

Length


1.1 Miles 1.8 Kilometers


1,608' 490 m

Ascent

0' 0 m

Descent

27%

Avg Grade (15°)

59%

Max Grade (30°)

8,178' 2,493 m

High

6,570' 2,002 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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A stiff climb to the sandy saddle between Bear Peak and South Boulder Peak.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

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

Description

Directly after crossing Shadow Creek, this trail heads straight up. Follow the creek as you weave around massive boulders, stair stepping almost the entire way.

Although this trail gives little to no shelter from the immense incline laid before you, it does offer some amazing views of Devil's Thumb's rarely seen backside. Additionally, the trail provides some fleeting views of both Bear Peak and South Boulder Peak.

The bottom portion of this trail is set deeply in a conifer forest and will provide the best opportunity for potential wildlife sightings. At the steepest and most difficult section of trail (where it switchbacks multiple times), you'll be set in a large burn zone.

This burn area is the product of a massive fire, the Flagstaff fire (also called the Bison fire). Started June 26th, 2012, this fire burned approximately 300 acres and closed a large portion of the City of Boulder Mountain Parks for public use. This trail was reopened June 7th, 2013 - almost a year post-fire!

Flora & Fauna

Black bears and mountain lions inhabit this area. The area is rich with wildlife including Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, songbirds, mule deer, and coyotes.

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Sep 29, 2018
Greg Seiver
Jul 8, 2018
Jonathan Bihl
Jun 13, 2018
Jessica Zacarias
May 27, 2018
Paul Ahnn
Nov 19, 2017
Emily H
Aug 26, 2017
Evelyn Johnson
Jul 28, 2017
Lauren Whisman
Ran into a hornets nest right by the creek. Decided not to test it and turned around.
Apr 12, 2017
Omar Albayati

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  4.3 from 10 votes

#2

in Boulder

#4214

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in Boulder

#339

in Colorado

#4,214

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