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Not the most beautiful I have seen, but definitely worth it. It was perfect for a shorter hike and great with my dog. The service road requires on leash but the trail itself is off leash.

Sleepy Lion trail was awesome. Great views. Lots of ups and downs. Walking the service road back from the dam is just ok. Next time we will hike back via Sleepy Lion. Great quick hike

Nice low key spot to get out and do something. Fun for the kids, great creek access and rocks to climb on.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Love this one. Just enough ups and downs. Beautiful colors. Watch out for the mountain bikers, friendly but will run you over if you aren't paying attention.

on Coulson Gulch Trail

2 months ago

This place was pretty cool! My fiance and I found this place from much research on dispersed camping not too far from Boulder. The drive to Bunce School Rd was beautiful and the trail was just as great! We have a 07 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 2WD and it handled the beginning of the trail with ease. The further we got into the trail, the more steep and rocky it became and we decided to pull over for the night on 105 right before you cross the creek at a designated spot with a fire ring and off trail parking area. We literally car camped- folded down the seats, laid down a pallet, and even set up our mini projector to watch a movie! When we set up came, we didn't see or hear anyone but around 8 am, the rumble of 4 wheelers, ATVs, and 4x4s were everywhere. When we woke up we started to hike around the trail to explore the area on foot. Beautiful views of the forest around you and the valley close by! My phone was dead otherwise I would have pictures to upload...guess that means we have to make another trip out soon before winter arrives! We will definitely be back! Hopefully, we can find a good place to rent 4 wheelers next time for a decent price - any suggestions would be great!

trail running
3 months ago

This trail is actually 6 miles one way from first parking area. Ends at Buchanan Pass trailhead. Great hike to go alone and meander with your thoughts. Fun day!

Great trail through a beautiful park of the forest and good parking. To much walking on dirt roads with construction to get to actual trailhead and after trail ended to get back to the car. Came to hike I can walk on a dirt road just about anywhere

Definitely a moderate hike but a great workout. Good views here and there. Deer everywhere. Lots of bikers on Nelson. Overall though great hike.

Overall good hike on Nighthawk Trail. Sunny and very hot when I was there, but there was a few shady spots to escape the sun here and there. Great views of Long's Peak.

Great fall hike. Not too busy.

Nice trail, not very crowded. Beautiful views of the lake from the top of the sleepy lion trail. You can also hike to the top of the dam and connect to several other trails at the top.

Weather was great! some steep incline to the lookout point, but worth it!

trail running
4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with a wide variety of ecosystems. It is a gradual incline with great river and mountain views scattered throughout. There are a few technical sections but nothing too crazy. This is also a great hiking trail for the family. My kids love it!

enjoyed nighthawk trail. no bikes or dogs... a few horses and not crowded. nice view. not strenuous. then had a well earned lunch in Lyons

Beautiful hike but a lot of bikes