The 3.5-mile out-and-back Eldorado Canyon Trail is a moderate hike at Eldorado Canyon State Park southwest of Boulder. The challenging hike, beginning at the park visitor center, climbs over 1,000 feet and passes from the state park onto Boulder Open Space land before ending at the a point along the 7.8-mile Walker Ranch Loop. The trail ascends a moderate grade as it switchbacks out of the canyon, passing towering cliffs, before easing through shady woods and grassy slopes. After a couple miles, the trail emerges on a high ridge with distant views of the snowy Continental Divide, and then descends 600 feet to Walker Ranch Loop Trail. Return the same way for a seven-mile, round-trip hike.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
–Stewart M. Green