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.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"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." Read more
Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"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." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"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." Read more
Best Dog Hikes Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Bob D’Antonio, Maryann Gaug, Stewart Green, Linda B. Mullally, and Tracy Salcedo-Chourré.
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"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." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kim Lipker
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"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." Read more
Best Climbs Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"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." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Susan Joy Paul
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"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." Read more
Touring Colorado Hot Springs (Falcon Guides)
Susan Joy Paul
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"Summertime, springfed swimming pool located near Eldorado State Park in Eldorado Springs." Read more

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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
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Dec 2018