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Interim Joder Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 143' 44 m
Descent: -521' -159 m
High: 6,053' 1,845 m
Low: 5,574' 1,699 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A new trail on Joder Ranch with some nice views along the way.

Kristen Arendt

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Family Friendly The trail is not too steep and is an easy out and back.

This trailhead is open from dawn until dusk.

Description

Starting on the east side from Olde Stage Road, the trailhead is located on the east side of the road - there is a small pullout, but hikers should park down the road at the larger parking lot by the junction of Lefthand Canyon Drive and Olde Stage.

The first part of the trail is a very gradual climb with a couple easy switchbacks thrown in. It isn't much of a leg burner, just a steady uphill. After this the trail levels out and heads through a small stand of ponderosa pine - at this point, there is a faint, unofficial trail that branches of to the left - stay to the right.

After this, you'll reach the high point of the hike and get some nice views out toward Haystack Mountain and the Left Hand Valley Reservoir. Take a moment to soak the views up before heading down the other side of the hill. The next section of trail is an old dirt road that heads steadily downhill. At times, the road converges with driveways for the couple houses in the area. These junctions are well marked - just follow the signs to stay on track and not end up in someone's front yard.

The trail eventually ends at the Joder Ranch Trailhead off of Hwy 36. From here you can turn around and head back the way you came, or if you are looking for a longer hike, you can easily connect to the trail Beech Access Trail and Left Hand Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Mainly ponderosa pine. Wildflowers include pasque flowers, sweet peas, loco weed, and yucca. Wildlife includes meadowlarks, magpies, robins, crows, deer, and elk.

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ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed

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Jun 19, 2019
Kat Takahashi
3.9mi — 1h 51m
May 23, 2019
KPetey33 PetersGilboy
2h 30m
Feb 3, 2019
George Twigg
Nice easy walk with a few moderate uphill grades.
Jan 6, 2018
Daylene York
4.2mi
Mar 15, 2017
Ron Olsen
4.1mi — 2h 16m
May 22, 2016
Rachel Vecchitto

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Fairview Peak from the top of the Interim Joder Trail.
Apr 13, 2016 near Niwot, CO

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