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    Caribou Ranch Link

    Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado
    Distance0.7mi
    Elevation Gain282ft
    Trailhead Elevation8,567ft
    Top8,569ft
    Elevation Min/Max8337/8569ft
    Elevation Start/End8567/8567ft

    Caribou Ranch Link

    Caribou Ranch Link is a hiking and biking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 8,567 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 282 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Tungsten Loop.
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    Omaha, NE
    Pathfinder | 110 pts
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    11/14/2015
    Easy trail surrounded by evergreens and aspens. Beautiful views for early winter. Nice outhouse facility [pit toilets] at trailhead with hand sanitizer. Lots of kid-friendly trail notes and self-guided activities. Plenty of other folks on the trail without being congested. Fun town of Nederland nearby. You can break up the trail several different ways for various lengths and time available. Historic buildings with interpretive signage. Benches and picnic tables well placed for making the most of day trips. Will go back again!
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    Robert Hurst
    "This mellow hike through forests and meadows above Nederland will take you back 100 years in 4 miles. The well-signed route takes you to the historic Blue Bird Mine and DeLonde homestead. “Can you imagine growing up here?” my dad asked as we took refuge on the porch of the historic DeLonde house in Caribou Ranch Open Space, looking out over the green meadows and sharp pine-covered mountains surrounding us. We were both shivering after getting caught in a very cold, drenching rain, and more of the same seemed to be rolling in over the hills. I imagined that growing up here would have been quite nice, but frequently challenging. No doubt living at the DeLonde homestead was pretty fantastic on mild, sunny days." Read more
    Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug
    "The trails of Caribou Ranch Open Space not only wind through excellent wildlife habitat, but also take you on a historic journey into the mining era of the 1870s, past an old homestead, and along a scenic railroad route of the early 1900s. During your hike, you’ll circle a beautiful meadow and learn about willow carrs and wetlands from interpretive signs at different overlooks. About 1.2 miles of the trail follow the gentle old railroad bed of the Switzerland Trail of America." Read more

    Trail Information

    Roosevelt National Forest
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    Roosevelt National Forest
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    Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder

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    Boulder County Parks & Open Space, 5201 Saint Vrain Rd., Longmont, CO 80503; (303) 678-6200; www.bouldercounty
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    Caribou Ranch Open Space map, Boulder County Parks and Open Space
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