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Old Kiln Trail

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This trail can be used to add mileage or a bit of elevation to a typical Foothills Trail outing.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

5,764' 1,757 m

High

5,648' 1,722 m

Low

116' 35 m

Up

108' 33 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No bikes allowed.

Description

The easy Old Kiln Trail is nearly a loop and can be followed in either direction. This description starts on the north end and travels counter clockwise.

From its signed junction with the Foothills North Trail, take the Old Kiln Trail north over flat open grassland. The initially easy, wide trail approaches the Four Mile Creek and parallels it along an eroded bank. The 2013 floods severely damaged the Old Kiln Trail and as of Spring 2015 there is still a tricky, narrow, eroded section to negotiate. Once past this obstacle, the northern section of the trail now drops down into the stream bed, traveling west aided by cairns. Just as the stream banks rise and begin to close in on the trail, the path has been routed up the southern bank to regain the grassy hillside. This spot has been marked with cairns but is not easy to see until you're very close.

Climb up a short rise between low hills, arriving soon at a stretch of wooden fence. Here is also the intersection with the Old Kiln Spur. The trail surface returns to well-maintained fine gravel beyond this point. Continue south on the Old Kiln Trail over a small seasonal stream. The remainder of the route traverses gently descending hillsides with wildflowers and views to the east and west. The Old Kiln Trail ends at an intersection with the Foothills North Trail just a short way south of where it started.

Flora & Fauna

Hawks, snakes, deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W

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Parts of the Old Kiln Trail were washed out in the 2013 flood
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Views east from Old Kiln Trail
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO
At the junction of Foothills South and Old Kiln Trails
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO
From the flooded Fourmile creekbed, climb the ramp up the left bank (marked by cairn)
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Mysterious fence along the Old Kiln Trail
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Scrubby grasses and wildflowers along the Old Kiln Trail
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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Apr 11, 2020
Daylene York
0.8mi
May 28, 2019
KPetey33 PetersGilboy
Jul 17, 2017
Brad Abbott
May 27, 2017
Ron Olsen
Did spur as well. Started and finished at home. 3.1mi
Apr 28, 2017
Ron Olsen
Hiked with Marga. Started and finished at home on Dakota Blvd. 2.1mi — 1h 13m