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This is my favorite close by hike ❤️

Beautiful views by the reservoir

12 days ago

Started at NCAR and made my way up the “shorter but steeper route”. You’ll want spikes! There’s a false summit, so keep going when you think you’re at the top. Bring layers - It’s windy and cold at the top! This hike has earned the rating of hard - steeper than Flatirons and Sanitas! Round trip, with multiple stop and catch my breath! and take this view in, 6 miles in 3.5 hours.

12 days ago

Did this Christmas Eve morning and had the trail to ourselves. There is trail erosion towards the west end of the loop near Panorama Point from overuse. But rest of trail is in good shape. The ranger told us he saw two moose on the trail earlier that morning. We didn’t but will come again. A lovely state park.

There are so many different offsets to trails that this particular one is easy to lose. I would definitely recommend tracking your hike on the app. I took the wrong way multiple times but it was still a nice hike, nonetheless. This trail has really nice views of the mountains and red rocks. Would recommend for out of state visitors. This is a nice space for close to home trails. Microspikes were not needed January 1st.

Easy hike! Only some patches of ice but I was fine without crampons. Super clean trail & easy trail to follow thats offleash for the pups!

Loved it. Great hike from beginning to end. Some icy patches, glad I had crampons on my bag. Next time, I’ll pack a lunch to enjoy along with the view from the top.

Awesome trail for hiking running or nature walking with your dog. Yesterday was very cold, came back with freezing hands and face. hand warmer and a scarf would it helped. Beautiful views specially when you get to the dam.

22 days ago

Did Raccoon today from panorama point. Roads were all dry, no 4x4 needed. Not sure the other comment about access roads being closed - this time of year you have to enter from the West public road entrance anyways.
Trail was good. Some packed snow but mostly dry...Didn't need spikes and definitely don't need snowshoes.

24 days ago

If you're not a Boulder resident, you need to pay $5(cash only) in an envelope.

The hike was challenging I do hiking weekly but this was one of the tough ones. 263 floors(per Fitbit) so good cardio can get done. Sadly 2 routes were not the correct trails. I posted the photos. Have a great hike! x 12/23/2018 70th hike of 2018.

Views at the top are worth the lack of views during the hike through Shadow Canyon. The first 2ish miles are not bad at all. Once you hit the real elevation gain in Shadow Canyon it sucks. The last 1500 ft in gain seemed to take forever! Only section that really might want to consider spikes is after the saddle on the final ascent to South Boulder Peak. You can get away without them though with careful foot placement. If you really want to hike to South Boulder Peak, go up through Fern Canyon and hit Bear Peak then South Boulder afterwards. Fern Canyon is similar in toughness, but better views. Though when I hiked it 2 weeks ago it had much more snow and ice and spikes were necessary the last 800 ft in gain. Have fun!

Great place to stroll through and view the castle ruins. The trail is extremely wide and well maintained and with minimal elevation gain it is a pleasant walk. I would recommend hiking or walking this trail in cooler weather since there isn't much shade. If you would like to see the video of my hike visit my YouTube channel Tripaley Goes Traveling

Access road is closed as of 12/21

1 month ago

I did this hike prior to it getting colder. This is a good hike to test your cardio level. The portion in forest has some scrambling.

We were trying to hike up Bear Peak and accidentally hiked this one instead. Boy, it was not a mistake! The views are amazing and the trail is challenging! We needed spikes the last half mile and be sure to pack lots of layers towards the top (it gets windy). We would hike this again.

Great place to hike with the dog off leash. Crampons would have been useful today (mid December) at the higher elevation but we were okay without them. Recommend to dog owners.

Summer conditions on the ridge. Lion’s lair was iced over in the canyon, but fine going up.

Nice easy day hike. Lots of options to extend into a longer outing or shorten into a quick explore. Dogs loves it! Started at 16699 Golden Hills road that has a few parking spots

When I go to Colorado, I get excited thinking about summiting this peak. I absolutely love this trail!

1 month ago

loved it!

This is a great weekend hike. The sunshine Canyon section was fairly icy when I went so be careful. The Lion's Lair section is my favorite. Great valley views and even peaks in the west. Even with it being five miles, bring water because going up Mount Sanitas is quite the workout!

The trail has changed slightly from the published path due to areas being closed for conservation work, but it was easy enough to find my way around. Enjoyed seeing the varied landscape and find the elevation gain to make this one feel more like a hike than a stroll. One section of the trail is closed to dogs.

1 month ago

I love this place

I have blisters on my feet, and I feel like I got hit by a train a day after. Will do again!!! ... when I’m in better shape.

Beautiful scenery, Tough as hell work out, wildlife... this was perfect. Bring snacks and lots of water... and pain pills.

Beautiful and secluded. Need spikes for the upper loop part.

Very beautiful easy hike, great views, flat and well maintained trail. I would give this an easy rating. The trail is a little icy in some parts but not too bad. Great place to bring out of town guests.

Great views! Currently the trail is a little icy and snow packed. We got through just fine without spikes, but they certainly would have helped.

1 month ago

This trail starts out at an easy 450 foot slow descent. About 1.6 miles into it, the trail starts to ascend back up about 500-550 feet. Overall, the trail was easy to hike with our family including my son on my back and the slight snow conditions from a week ago that is now compacted into some icy spots. Recommend wearing hiking boots that can grip the snow/ice. Has a couple of great views along with it! The total trail length according to my Garmin watch was about 2.8-2.9 miles. Unfortunately we did not spot any big wild life, only squirrels.

We did this hike on thanksgiving day and we were happy to see many faces on the trail. It’s definitely one of the most gorgeous hikes we’ve ever done. Even in late fall with ice on the ground, this trail had a lot of scenery to offer. I’d say it’s one of the best hikes to accurately represent Boulder, as you see diverse rock giants throughout. We are quite fit so it wasn’t terribly difficult, but let’s be honest the way down was INTENSE! Complete and utter focus is required to make it down those huge rock stair cases. Saw a family of deer and that made my day.
Will be back in the spring time to see all the wildflowers bloom. You have to see this place!

Great way to burn some calories on Thanksgiving. A decent portion if this hike is on a gravel road but it was beautiful thoughout. Lovely views and some moderately challenging elevation change. Some parts were quite icy today but we were careful and fall-free without krampons.

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