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One of my favorites especially in the fall. Beautiful grove of aspens toward the top.

I've only hiked this trail once and it is a really cool trail, especially 12 minutes away from my house in the city, but the main drawback for me is all the bikes. It's a very popular MTB trail and I had to pause pretty much every other minute to let a bike go by. A few bikes hurtled toward me and expected me to lunge out of the way. Overall it was hard to settle into the hike itself.

As others have mentioned it is about 8-9 mile loop, great scenery, going counter clockwise would of been easier, didn't know my clockwise to counter and went the hard way, the wildlife is great saw many deers, snake, chipmunk, and rabbits. Fun but challenging hike, especially the last mile, which felt like 3. :)

hiking
5 days ago

Loved this hike. Did it on a Saturday afternoon. On the portion of the trail along the creek, I came across 4 or 5 groups camping by the river. Once the trail left the creek side and started heading uphill, I didn’t see another person on the way up or down.

The trail is physically challenging for a relatively short hike, and in places the trail is slippery due to a bit of gravel on hardpack in steep sections. Even though the trail is in an area with a lot of burned terrain, the trail itself is probably 90% in the shade, so not a bad option for a hot day.

Finding the arch is slightly tricky. They key is knowing that you have to go over the summit and down the dome a few hundred yards.

Follow the cairns once you leave the creek side trail and you should be fine.

hiking
6 days ago

Ideal if you have dogs and can share the trail with a few bikers. Was looking for a loop for my two pups and I, somewhere not too steep or rocky with some shady spots. Arrived at 10:30 and it was perfect. There’s also a bathroom and trash can maybe 1/3 of the way in (clockwise) if you fork off to Waterhole that I appreciated very much.

Beautiful views and not over challenging for someone fairly new to hiking. I felt like I accomplished something without killing myself.

hiking
9 days ago

First hike since moving to Denver so I don't have anything to compare it to (and all with a 3 month old puppy). It was a nice hike with great views and nothing extremely challenging.

Great trail - steep start and finish but easy dirt roads and trails for the middle.

hell yes

hiking
13 days ago

Real nice hike. It was surprisingly empty for a Sunday, but that’s probably on account of the rain clouds that eventually opened up. Nice ups and downs for a quick Sunday hike.

Beautiful hike with my dog, but had to go early in the AM to beat the summer heat (by noon it was 95 degrees). A few spots got narrow and with mtn bikers out and about there were a couple times we were forced off the path to make room for them. Nice mixture of rocky scrambles and smooth trail.

We lost a dog about a mile up on Matukat road on the way to the trail head. He is a Newfoundland black lab mix and his name is Milo. He has Colorado tags, if you find him please call the number on the tags.

I love this quick little hike and do it often but today there's swarms of what looks like flying ants at the top on the rock! 7/16/18

hiking
15 days ago

One of my go-to trails in the Boulder area with great views of Boulder creek! I definitely second the other reviewers - we were tracking our miles and ended up walking around 8.2 miles total so be aware of the added distance. I've done both the clockwise and counterclockwise route and would definitely say counterclockwise is the way to go if you're looking for an easier go with less steep terrain. Be aware that there will still be some steep parts, even on the counterclockwise route.

hiking
19 days ago

Very nice easy hike with some great views.

Headed out about 5 pm on a Sunday. Saw a few hikers but mostly on our own. My 2nd hike since moving here and really enjoyed it. Was a little leery of the moderate label, but it wasn’t too much - although steady incline throughout and definitely a workout for me. We hiked to Greenfield Meadow and back. Would’ve been perfect if the stream had water, but still a nice peaceful hike. Will do this one again.

Beautiful views. Just enough up and downs, shade and open space to keep the hike interesting and fun! The trail is marked well, which helps, since there are many other trails that interweave with this Rawhide trail.
We started our hike at 9 am on a Friday and ended around 12 noon with some decent breaks.
There are some benches along the way to rest.
Scenaries of distant lakes and rolling hills are spectacular.
Lots of beautiful wild flowers, butterflies, dragon flies and honeybees.
Shared the trail with a few friendly cyclists (on mountain bikes).
Very few hikers.
Had a great time.
I'd recommend this trail for our-of-town guests.
Enjoy!!!

The wildflowers and aspens along the trail were beautiful! Remember you need a state park pass for this one.

on Beaver Trail

hiking
23 days ago

Def do it counterclockwise if you want a challenge to start. Nice hike if you’re short on time and want to get the heart pumping and some views. Def go behind the shed.

I backpacked into Frazier Meadows for a short overnight in late June. The wildflowers were gorgeous- irises and columbines everywhere. The elevation was constant but worth the efforts. Staying overnight I didn’t see anyone else but could hear one other backpacker somewhere near by. I’d for sure do this as a day hike again!

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing, but long hike. Beautiful views and diverse scenery. One of my favorite Boulder hikes.

This hike is actually more like 8.3 miles. Took us 3:15, hiking at a pretty good clip. Very pretty. Bring water.

I've been here multiple times & it's one of my favorite hikes in Boulder. South Boulder Creek is a great place to take a break for picture taking or have a lunch/snack or just take in the beautiful scenery. I tracked it at 7.6 miles. Beware...don't leave wallets or purses in your car! When I was getting out of my car, an older couple warned me that their window got broken & a wallet was stolen!

trail running
1 month ago

Going left: nice declines!! 7.8 miles. Not difficult :)

Awesome trail close to Denver!!! Took us about 3 hours - a mix of shade and sun- huge parking lot. Tons of wild raspberries along the way but we almost stepped on a rattlesnake

Great wildflower hike and tons of aspens!

Tough workout, worth it to scramble over some big rocks and see a great vista. Would do again. True story, the trail is at times hard to figure out, but we followed the cairns, and our GPS when needed, got us there just fine.

love this loop and have done it with my dog multiple times. My only concern would be that I don't believe it's only 7.3 miles. my fitbit eve time has put it closer to 8.5-9, just a heads up!

on Rawhide Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Just enough up an down for a good hike - though I'm pretty sure, going counter-clockwise, there was more up than down - not sure how that happens. Beautiful views. Early in the am not too many others out there with me and the pups. Enough shade and sun to give us a wonderful walk through trees and meadow.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail - variety of terrain. Gorgeous views of the Denver skyline, South Table Mountain from the east side of the trail. We hiked to the Sourdough campground the first day via the West side of the loop, stayed overnight, and backpacked out around the North and East side of the loop the next day. Please note that the mileage estimation is off for this trail - AllTrails "redline" shows a direct route for the last 1-1.5 that no longer exists (trail closed). You must follow the Rawhide trail through the switchbacks to get back to the parking lot. I have suggested a trail edit to include this finding. Our total mileage was closer to 5.3 miles than 4.5 miles.

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