Walden Ponds

Boulder County, Colorado

Elevation Gain11ft
Trailhead Elevation5,132ft
Elevation Min/Max5125/5132ft
Elevation Start/End5132/5132ft

Walden Ponds

Walden Ponds is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 5,132 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 11 feet. Along the trail there are restrooms. Near the end of the trail is a bench.

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"More than 19 small ponds and wetlands, once mined for gravel, are scattered on 113 acres of restored habitat. Some of it is rough around the edges since the restoration began only in 1975, but there is a great deal of natural beauty shining through; the Sawhill Ponds are the more attractive of the two areas. It is a nice setting for enjoying a variety of winged and feathered friends, including pelicans, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, gulls, and geese, to name just a few of the 20 species spotted regularly here."
Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"A wonderful family hike circles around several ponds, with spectacular views of the Indian Peaks. The boardwalk along Cottonwood Marsh has several interpretive signs and is a great place to bring the kids for an educational hike. Walden Ponds is also a stopover for migratory birds and offers a great opportunity to view waterfowl, songbirds, and various mammals. Highlights: A beautiful hike up a wide draw filled with tall prairie grasses, western wheatgrass, yuccas, wildflowers, ponderosa pines, and cottonwood trees with spectacular views of the Flatirons. Season: Year-round. Can be extremely muddy after any precipitation. Distance: 3.4 miles one way."

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Looking at the Flatiron Vista trailhead (the terminus) from Hwy 93, this trail doesn't seem like much, just rolling grasslands leading toward the foothills and the flatirons. Don't be deceived! Start at the Doudy Draw trailhead by Eldorado Springs, and you'll find a beautiful walk along a stream, lovely rock formations, spectacular views of the Flatirons, then a breathtaking climb up a hogback and up into rolling grasslands. Really very beautiful.

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