ElevationAscent: 597' 182 m
Descent: -591' -180 m
High: 5,851' 1,783 m
Low: 5,521' 1,683 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A nice, mellow hike with good views of the Front Range.”— Kristen Arendt
About half a mile in, you'll come to a three-way intersection with the Little Thompson Overlook take a right to continue on the Eagle Wind Trail. This section of the trail runs along the flatter "top" of Rabbit Mountain which is really more like a small mesa on this side. The trail rolls in and out of some small stands of ponderosa and juniper with some great views of the Front Range with the snow-capped mountains in the background.
The Eagle Wind Trail will curve back around to form a loop, with views to the northwest from the other side of Rabbit Mountain. Continue back the way you came to the intersection, but this time head out for a short out and back on the Little Thompson Overlook. This trail contours north along a steep faced hogback. The terrain is quite rocky as it ascends to an overlook, which reveals views off to the north and the plains to the east as well as the Little Thompson River in the valley below you. There are two benches placed strategically to capture the best views from this trail and the hillside meadows are full of wildflowers here in early summer.
After you have enjoyed the scenery at the overlook at the end of the trail, retrace your steps to Eagle Wind Trail and follow it back down to the trailhead to complete your hike.
A great variety of plants with the highlights being prickly poppies, locoweed, asters, larkspur, coral bells, and sage. Some ponderosa pine and juniper up on the hillside.
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Land Manager: Boulder County, CO - Parks and Open Space