Eldorado Canyon Spur

Boulder County, Colorado

Distance3.3mi
Elevation Gain2,222ft
Trailhead Elevation6,092ft
Top7,095ft
Elevation Min/Max6071/7095ft
Elevation Start/End6092/6092ft

Eldorado Canyon Spur

Eldorado Canyon Spur is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 6,092 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,222 feet. The Eldorado Canyon State Park Visitor Center information office is near the trailhead. There are also an information map, parking, grasses, and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Walker Ranch.

Eldorado Canyon Spur Professional Reviews and Guides

"This gentle loop encompasses tumbling South Boulder Creek, the historic Doudy-Debacker-Dunn House, and the interface of evergreen woodland and tallgrass prairie in lower Shadow Canyon."

"This beautiful hike leads along towering rock walls. The trail travels up a south- and west-facing hillside through North Draw, with spectacular views of the Indian Peaks, the Continental Divide, Denver, and towering, sheer rock walls."

"Eldorado Canyon State Park offers riders a multitudinous array of recreational opportunities. The park itself is perhaps best known for its rock climbing. Climbers from around the world, and Boulder too, find a wide array of routes along the soaring red sandstone walls of Eldorado Canyon, making for an interesting sight along your ride. Standing at 7,240 feet high, Shirt Tail Peak is the highest within the canyon. The Rattlesnake Gulch Trail follows the narrow and rocky singletrack through Rattlesnake Gulch.

It's sand-and rock-filled trail offers an exceptional ride to bikers with moderate to advanced technical ability. The climb through the gulch is also a bit of a grunt as it leads to the historic Crags Hotel ruin and views of the Continental Divide at the trail’s westernmost portion. Terrain: Singletrack and dirt road that travel through Eldorado Canyon and up the steep Rattlesnake Gulch. The trail doles out much rock and sand, as it carries riders out of Eldorado Canyon."

"This relatively strenuous hike is broken up by some of the most interesting scenery in the Boulder area. There is the commonplace-flowers, trees, vistas- but it is the spider people clinging to the impossibly steep rock overhanging South Boulder Creek that make the hike remarkable and different.

Eldorado Canyon is world famous for its rock climbing, and the multitude of climbers on the steep red rocks attest to its popularity. It's mind boggling, yet somehow familiar distraction for a hiker, who may not have the nerve to ascend such monoliths but can understand the appeal of the challenge. Oh yes, the trail also features beautiful wildflowers, majestic pines and views west of the Continental Divide."

"See the panorama of 1.7 billion years of geologic history that has become some of the most renowned rock climbing terrain in North America, with countless climbers dangling from vertical cliffs on hundreds of challenging routes—all in the first mile you travel through the park on the trail.

The state park is a fee area but is worth the price of admission. One of the best Front Range trails for scenery in one of the most accessible areas takes hikers along the top of a spectacular canyon with views of the Indian Peaks and the occasional Amtrak or coal train chugging along on the Moffat Road railroad tracks that were high above. Soak in the Eldorado Springs pool after your adventure. A hike of any length is rewarding. Allow most of a day for the 9-mile round-trip."

"This beautiful hike leads along towering rock walls. The trail travels up a south- and west-facing hillside through North Draw, with spectacular views of the Indian Peaks, the Continental Divide, Denver, and towering, sheer rock walls.

From the parking area at the ranger station, walk north up some steps and cross the road to access the Eldorado Canyon Trailhead. Begin a steep climb into North Draw on the Eldorado Canyon Trail. Much work has been done on the lower section of the trail to eliminate cutting switchbacks, so stay on the main trail. You gain altitude quickly as the trail climbs up into North Draw."

"Eldorado Springs Trail is blessed with sunshine all year. Southern exposure makes this trail suitable for all seasons. Eldorado Canyon is world-famous for its rock climbing, and a multitude of climbers can be seen on the steep red rocks neighboring this trail.

Occasionally, if the timing is right, you’ll see trains traveling through the canyon. The trail can be a bit difficult but is broken up by flat sections that give it a more moderate rating."

"Eldorado Canyon is simply one of America’s most famous and best climbing areas. Its towering sandstone cliffs sweep up from South Boulder Creek with a stunning natural geometry of sheer walls, sharp arêtes, wide roofs, and pointed summits. Hundreds of climbing routes and variations ascend the colorful faces, offering the rock climber a wide variety of challenges of all grades, from chimney and gully climbs to overhanging face routes that test the limits of human ability. The canyon and cliffs are protected by Eldorado Canyon State Park."

"West of Eldorado Springs, South Boulder Creek flows from Gross Reservoir, through historic Walker Ranch Park and into Eldorado Canyon. The reservoir’s steady outflux provides a year-round cascade that slips through the canyon, over, under, and between boulders in a tumultuous flourish at “Eldorado Falls.”

There are several ways to reach Eldorado Falls; these two are the shortest and most scenic routes, respectively. Alternately, each route may be extended to a strenuous hike by continuing on the trail past the and incorporating the entire Walker Ranch Loop."

"Summertime, springfed swimming pool located near Eldorado State Park in Eldorado Springs."

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10/4/2009
We did the buffalo trail with kids (7 &10). The trails are wide, clear, and well marked. At the end of the trail are a small pond and an old homestead that made a great picnic spot. The return trip was uphill and a little tough on my 7yr old but doable. This is a “family moderate" trail.
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7/4/2005
I actually hiked the Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon. I was looking for a relatively quick hike that was doable in the middle of the day without being too hot. We really enjoyed it. The trail follows a little stream up to Frazier Meadow which is quite nice. Its a great shorter (3.5 mi. rt), easily accessible hike that is more than just a stroll. Enjoyable.
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Trail Information

Boulder County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls, Hot Springs
Features
Eldorado Canyon Trail: Eldorado Canyon State Park, (303) 494-3943, www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/EldoradoCanyon; City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks, (303) 441-3440, www.bouldercolorado.gov
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 39 A8; USGS Colorado Quad Map: Eldorado Springs
Local Maps

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Oct 2018