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Forsythe Canyon Trail

Intermediate
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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

90%

Runnable

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°)

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Features Fall Colors · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Description

The best way to reach Forsythe Canyon Trailhead from Boulder is up Magnolia Road, about a 45-minute drive. The run 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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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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