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Eldorado Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.9 (45)

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


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

76%

Runnable

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.

Runner Notes

This is a good trail run as long as you don't mind the elevation gain.

Description

This trail starts at Eldorado Canyon State Park. Drive to the visitor's center and run 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.

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  3.9 from 45 votes

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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

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May 23, 2020
Stephen F
Aug 7, 2019
Trace Evans
Good amount of actual wooden stairs and natural rock steps. Fun and floaty on some sections coming down. Great views about .80 mile in 2.5mi — 0h 39m
Sep 9, 2017
Jack Toland
Round-trip 6.4mi — 1h 35m
May 15, 2017
Raúl Gross
Walked as hike. Few people beyond initial stairs and boulder fields. Great sunset on hike back. 5.5mi — 3h 00m