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Forsythe Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (23)

A Boulder mountain trail, more remote than the bustle of Chautauqua Trail or Sanitas Valley Trail.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

7,670' 2,338 m

High

7,259' 2,213 m

Low

1' 0 m

Up

412' 125 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Forsythe Canyon has very little elevation change and is not technical. This shaded trail follows a small stream which will keep the little ones cool during the summer.

Description

The best way to reach Forsythe Canyon Trailhead from Boulder is up Magnolia Road, about a 45-minute drive. The hike itself is relatively flat, and only has a few slightly technical areas of rocks. After following a shaded stream, you'll reach a very small waterfall, maybe 15 feet high. Follow the trail (uphill to the left) a little farther and you'll find Gross Reservoir.

Directions: Once you turn off of Magnolia and onto 68, drive for 2 miles then turn right into the parking lot just before FR359. Look for a gravel parking lot with a restroom and a wooden fence surrounding the perimeter.

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Wendy Sweet

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  4.0 from 23 votes

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The end of the trail rewards its patrons with Gross Reservoir.
Jul 4, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
Gross Reservoir is just downstream of Forsythe Canyon.
May 12, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
A waterfall cascades through Forsythe Canyon.
May 12, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
A large stack of rocks can be seen just off the Forsythe Canyon Trail.
Jul 4, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO

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Sep 6, 2020
Karen Oberthaler
Blue recovery hike!
Mar 15, 2020
Chris Black
Sep 22, 2019
Ronnie Galang
Perfect for a 4 yr old. Shady. Great lake at the end. 1mi — 3h 15m
Sep 20, 2019
Dawn of the Hill People
no water, so no falls ... come back in the spring 3.1mi — 1h 30m
Sep 6, 2018
Mo Marlin
Beautiful day. Perfect weather for hiking.
Aug 19, 2018
Tamara Marie
1.2mi
Jul 29, 2018
Lauren Brendel
Jun 30, 2018
Andy Ney