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hiking
20 hours ago

I went a couple days ago with a friend and my 3 year old. The beginning of the hike was snow packed I think it was about 1030 am. Wishing we would’ve gone earlier in the day because by the time we were on the back end of the loop the snow began melting (was a beautiful 50 some degrees) and it began to get Really muddy and slippery. I would suggest hiking poles and going earlier rather than later in the day

walking
18 days ago

Walking path. Sometimes stop when driving back to Boulder. You can see fish jump out of the lake and sometimes birds are prevalent. Calm and peaceful. The loop goes by fast even at a leisurely pace.

mountain biking
18 days ago

Fun dirt trail through many cities/neighborhoods of the Front Range. Good views of the mountains and nice terrain to keep a good pace.

walking
28 days ago

great views of the mountains, pretty little lake. easy to walk, I usually take my dog and do 2 laps but sometimes I go alone and do 3 or 4 for fun. the path is pretty wide so don't need to worry too much about people like me that are just strolling around if you want to go faster. lots of benches to sit on and enjoy the scenery. my only complaint is the number of people that bag up there dogs waste and then leave the bags on the ground.

hiking
30 days ago

Fun easy hike with amazing views

walking
1 month ago

Very relaxed walk with great views!
Just keep an eye out for snakes.

hiking
1 month ago

Great glut workout! Incredible views!

hiking
2 months ago

Short, easy, decent views of Boulder valley. Took about an hour. Great for when you don’t have much time but want to get out into nature.
Be aware: google maps will tell you the wrong way to get to the trailhead. Off Lee hill road, turn right on 5th street into a subdivision. Turn left on Dakota. Park where Dakota curves into 2nd street.

in the past we used this trail a lot. However, a couple of years ago, it started being patrolled daily by the city of Boulder animal control ticketing people for dogs swimming and being off leash. In the newspaper, they bragged of being there pretty much all of the time. It is under the control of the city of Boulder so those rules apply, and are very different from the Boulder County rules we were all following. it was just a convenient little county park. Too bad it became a highly - policed place to play with your dogs.

2 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail... my only complaint is the gravel path was super bumpy ... aka not stroller friendly! Other than that, gorgeous views and a great walk

Easy and short; more of a walk than a hike. I took my infant son around this loop in a jogging stroller when he wasn't feeling well and had no issues on the trail. Not a lot of shade, but we went on a overcast day and it was fine. It's not Boulder's most dramatic trail in terms of difficulty or view, but the boardwalk on the pond was lovely and unique!

This is a nice easy walk with beautiful Mountain views. Flat with little incline anywhere. Part of the loop is closed April through August 31 for bird nesting area. Saw two herons...looked like great blue but not quite sure. Enjoyable and pleasant

trail running
3 months ago

Not a ton of parking at the trailhead. Trail crosses under the road and heads up into the foothills higher up than I thought. Trail was overgrown at parts on the farthest sections of the loop but manageable.

Hot. Very exposed trail with little shade. Halfway the trail dips down and it was water covered so we couldn’t do the whole thing. Pretty disappointing!

hiking
3 months ago

Dog owners please be cautious! Unfortunately last night our dog was bit by a rattlesnake in the tall grass around Coot Lake. We LOVE this area and go there 3-4 times a week and never had an issue until last night.

trail running
4 months ago

Like some of the other reviewers have pointed out, don’t go here if you are looking for a hike. But, if you’re looking for a great 5k trail run on a nicely kept gravel path this place is perfect. I live nearby and run here often with my dog. Be sure to check out the smaller food paths down to the creek, and check out he nature center too!

beautiful views for a short hike

walking
4 months ago

Nice trail. Great scenery.

walking
4 months ago

Short flat loop around Harper Lake is absolutely beautiful in the late afternoon sun. Lots of geese!

would not recommend

Nice wide open space with lots of happy dogs and a lake. no elevation to speak of so not really a work-out, but certainly beautiful.

on Coal Creek Trail

road biking
5 months ago

Fun trail for riding all-road or endurance bikes, but a little crowded with children and pets to safely bomb through. Still, a great local gravel trail for getting in a solid weekday ride - just take it a little slower and little more cautiously.

A couple nice sized bull snakes hangin around sunning themselves across the trail lately too...

It's like... a path to get from one place to another place without having to walk on the street. Really boring for a hiker. It's a path you'd run, or walk your dog if you live nearby, or ride your bike to go somewhere kind of a place. Which is fine, but don't expect a "hike" or too much to look at. (also, lots of sun, so dress accordingly)

Nice relaxing gravel trail, beautiful views of longs peak reflecting on the lake, lots of birds, fields, etc. Great Sunday afternoon walk.

6 months ago

Very easy walk about a pretty lake with lots of crawdads

hiking
6 months ago

Great, short foothills hike. I’d lean towards a hard rating as the loop is pretty steep. If you want more miles, the Foothills Trail crosses this route just before the loop junction(All Trails map does not show the north section of the Foothills Trail, but looks like it might go a couple miles).

Nice pleasant hike with a lake and lots of happy dogs in it. Best during the week.

hiking
6 months ago

This is my 2-3 night per week exercise loop while the kids clean up dinner. It is very pretty and more of a neighborhood area. I add on some of the coal creek trail to make it an extra mile or so. Nice at sunset and sometimes you'll see coyotes.

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