Hiking Project Logo

Eldorado Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (47)

A scenic and fairly easy climb ending at South Boulder Creek and Walker Ranch.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add To-Do · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

7,087' 2,160 m

High

6,128' 1,868 m

Low

1,057' 322 m

Up

735' 224 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

There is an $10.00 vehicle fee to enter the park.

Description

This trail starts at Eldorado Canyon State Park. Drive to the visitor's center and hike north from there.

The trail climbs steadily through several switchbacks. After an hour or so it will flatten out and then descend to South Boulder Creek. From there, you can join the Walker Ranch trail. Watch out for bikes at the trail junction.

Eldorado Canyon is very popular with hikers and rock climbers. It will be crowded on weekends. Get there early to avoid the crowds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ben Carver with improvements by Catherine O.

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 47 votes

#106

Overall
  3.8 from 47 votes
5 Star
17%
4 Star
57%
3 Star
17%
2 Star
9%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#29

in Colorado

#106

Overall
27 Views Last Month
8,788 Since Apr 13, 2015
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
2%
67%
7%
24%
0%

Photos

Views at Eldo.
Oct 31, 2016 near Coal Creek, CO
Looking southeast towards Denver. from the Eldorado Canyon Trail  Denver skyline visible through the haze in the "V" of the mountains.
Apr 13, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO
South Boulder Creek
Apr 13, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO
Just another reason we live here!
May 15, 2019 near Coal Creek, CO
View down Eldorado Canyon
Nov 28, 2017 near Boulder, CO
View north from the top of the Eldorado Canyon Trail.
Apr 13, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Minor Issues 73 days ago
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Jul 24, 2022
Michael X
6.8mi — 2h 39m
Jul 16, 2022
Gina G
May 14, 2022
Sam W
Apr 2, 2022
Dan Shanley
Difficult. Small "waterfalls". Knees hurt on way back. Luckily no mountain lions. 6.2mi — 4h 10m
Dec 17, 2021
Jody Rae
Jun 6, 2021
Matt Culpepper
Great trail from the Creek to the Creek and back (6.5/1100/600) 6.5mi
Jun 5, 2021
Floyd Hartley
Feb 28, 2021
Rachel Pierstorff
Patches of snow and ice - microspikes solve that issue though 5mi