Doudy Draw Trail

EASY 32 reviews
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Doudy Draw Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles 600 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Great trail system not much water there is a ditch that has water in it in the spring. rocky in spots some climbs not much Doudy Draw Trail (1.7 mile + 0.5 mile to intersection with Community Ditch Trail) meanders southward along the draw to the junction with the Spring Brook Loop Trail. Spring Brook Loop heads west from Doudy Draw toward the Eldorado Mountain Habitat Conservation Area (HCA). The Goshawk Ridge Trail travels through the HCA; an off-trail permit is required for off-trail travel in the HCA. After the Spring Brook Loop junction, Doudy Draw crosses the creek and heads east up the slope to the Flatirons Vista Trails. Here you will find open stands of ponderosa pine on a savannah ecosystem. Flatirons Vista North or South will lead to the Flatirons Vista Trailhead on Highway 93. Community Ditch Trail (1.7 mile west of Hwy 93 and 1.9 mile east of Hwy 93) heads along the community ditch from the Doudy Draw Trail approximately 0.2 miles south of the picnic area. This trail can be taken to the Marshall Mesa Trailhead or to trails leading to Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead, both east of Highway 93.

7 days ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

This trail is for trail runners and bikes. Foot hikers are expected to yield to all others. Many people have dogs and none adhere to the leash law. Skip this disappointment and head to Eldorado Canyon State Park just down the road.

hiking
4 months ago

horseback riding
6 months ago

Only place in Boulder open space with horse trailer parking. Weekends wall to wall people. Bicycles are the rudest I have ever encountered anywhere on the front range. Many loops off of Dowdy draw. Stunning scenery from various loops. On the far side of the canal I have seen the black squirrels. Fall many deer I have seen turkeys in the upper areas. Main issue is very crowded like city streets I rarely go any more.

7 months ago

7 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Can use this trail as part of a loop. Start on the Flatirons Vista, join Doudy, cross under 93 to Greenbelt Plateau trail, recross 93 at the intersection with 128, and follow the trail south to the Flatirons Vista parking area.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Nice and easy hike to do. I went with my dog, if you are going with a dog watch out there are parts of the trail dogs are not allowed. I went a little off trail and went around to doing multiple trails in one day making a little over 8 miles total and got to see a overall of Elorado Springs and had great views. I would recommend doing a lot more than just the Doudy Draw Trail and adding in Spring Brook Loop North and Fowler to the total hike, you will get to see a lot more.

hiking
1 year ago

I come here often, great hike to do if you've got limited time.

hiking
1 year ago

Did the Doudy Draw again 3/31/15, this time did the Flatiron Vista North, Prairie Vista trail, Flatiron Vista South loop approx 7 miles. Trail is fairly easy, flat. There is slight elevation gain towards end of Doudy Draw going up to Flatiron Vista. FV North is open area, was pretty windy there, not much of view except at start, it winds around & splits to South & Prairie trails. Prairie trail is pretty winding thru meadows & joining the FV South. FV South is prettier than North trail winding thru trees back to Doudy Draw. I went during a weekday and there were hardly any hikers but quite a few mountain bikers. Hav to keep stepping off the trail for them on Doudy Draw & FV North. I imagine it gets too crowded on wkends.

Saw first signs of spring with few wildflowers peeking out through the ground.

hiking
1 year ago

Did the Doudy Draw again 3/31/15, this time did the Flatiron Vista North, Prairie Vista trail, Flatiron Vista South loop approx 7 miles. Trail is fairly easy, flat. There is slight elevation gain towards end of Doudy Draw going up to Flatiron Vista. FV North is open area, was pretty windy there, not much of view except at start, it winds around & splits to South & Prairie trails. Prairie trail is pretty, winding thru meadows and joining the FV South. FV South is prettier than North trail, winding thru trees back to Doudy Draw.

I went during a weekday and there were hardly any hikers but quite a few mountain bikers. Hav to keep stepping off the trail for them on Doudy Draw and FV North. I imagine it gets too crowded on wkends.

Saw first signs of spring with few wildflowers peeking out through the ground.

1 year ago

Did the Doudy Draw Spring Brook Loop Trail approx 5.3 miles, easy trail. Great views of the Flatirons. Pretty much open vistas except on Spring Brook south loop where it goes thru forest. Lot of bikers, trail runners even on a weekday so I imagine weekends are prolly a zoo.

hiking
2 years ago

Lots of open space, so if you like to be in the forest more, choose a different trail. Also, it's one one the fewer trails that allow mountain bikes. We were constantly stepping off the trail to let them by. Not my favorite.

walking
2 years ago

2 years ago