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East Mag Tour

Intermediate
 4.0 (26) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Loop through the East Magnolia area trails on mostly buff singletrack.


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7.5

Miles

12.0

KM

Lollipop

8,704' 2,653 m

High

8,384' 2,556 m

Low

1,005' 306 m

Up

1,014' 309 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a nice alternative to hiking in Boulder, taking you to not-so-far-away Nederland. This 7.5-mile tour would make for a great few hours early morning or late afternoon when the deer are out and about. There are several rocky outcrops worth climbing to the top of for great views of the Indian Peaks, so keep an eye out for them. For the most part, the area sees very low traffic, and you'll have the place to yourself.

Description

From the parking area on Magnolia Road (approximately 2 miles East of 119), head West on Lollipop, around the low hill and enjoy the great views to the peaks. The trail soon enters a forest with a fun downhill section before dropping into a mixed Aspen grove and meadow.

After the initial meadow, the trail follows through a landscape that alternates from meadow to pine forest with many outcrops and peek-a-boo views to the peaks. Shortly thereafter, you'll encounter a couple of steep/loose sections that spice things up a bit.

The far section of the loop is very enjoyable hiking, with a large meadow at the far end. A steep return up the hill leads you back into a large Aspen grove, where the loop connects with Lollipop as it heads back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of Lodgepole and Ponderosa pine. Aspens line the open meadow areas.

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Shared By:

John Scalese

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  4.0 from 26 votes

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Start of the hike on Lollipop.
Aug 14, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Big meadow.  Watch for Elk in the spring and fall.  Deer...always around.
Oct 24, 2015 near Nederland, CO
View to Indian Peaks.
Oct 24, 2015 near Nederland, CO
High peaks of the continental divide in the distance
Jul 23, 2016 near Nederland, CO
A little rickety!
Jul 23, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Nice views at the beginning of the East Mag Tour
Jul 23, 2016 near Nederland, CO

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Jan 23, 2021
Private User
Oct 3, 2020
Jon Pasquini
Sep 26, 2020
Kelly Mead
Jun 7, 2020
Nick Barendregt
A gem of a hike! Great views and scenery without all the crowds. 6.7mi — 2h 33m
May 17, 2020
Annie M
Beautiful hike- ended up going counter clockwise around the far loop and enjoyed the more gradual ascent on return. Bikers and runners also on trail 7.5mi — 3h 00m
Apr 4, 2020
Nick Barendregt
Lots of deep snow; made it pretty far but had to turn back when it got too deep. Very nice scenery, and will definitely come back soon! 4.4mi — 2h 04m
Oct 15, 2019
Ryanobrian Sullivan
With Sasha. Little bit of snow. Rad mellow hike
May 11, 2019
Aric S
trail isn't marked well at all. Nice view of Long's and the Indian peaks at the end of the lollipop. 7.5mi — 3h 00m