Barbour Forks Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
#83 of 108 trails in

Barbour Forks Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.4 miles
1929 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers


Convenient to Idaho Springs, limited views This loop covers an area immediately south of Idaho Springs. You can reach start of the trail in just a few minutes. Not particularly scenic because much of the trail is in the trees. Covered shelter at Point #5 is handy if you have a group that wants to get together. Lots of dispersed camping nearby. Trail is closed to motorized traffic Dec. 2 to June 14. High Point 10,200 ft., Best time to go: Late June - October. Located in Arapaho National Forest. For current conditions call Clear Creek Ranger District (303) 567-3000.

off road driving
6 months ago

Kinda hard with not to much to see. Lots of people go up here to shoot.

off road driving
7 months ago

Fun trail not too far from denver, a bit more in the moderate/hard range with wet conditions went to late and it got dark about half way through but I was still Angel to get down comfortably

8 months ago

Great 4x4 trail close to Denver, but definately being over run by the shooting crowd. Left some picnic gear to pick up on our return and someone used our water bottle as target practice while we were gone. Rediculous.

off road driving
8 months ago

was not a an easy or moderate trial was more hard.

9 months ago

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I live in the neighborhood of this trail and used to love to hike it. A close to home easy hike. It was beautiful with wooded areas, meadows with wild flowers and a trickling stream. Unfortunately it is an area that is no longer maintained. The last time I was there, there were tent cities errected, by, I was told, rafting company employees. Garbage strewn about, as it is not an area meant for long term stays. Very noisy, from too many campers, 4-wheelers, motorized trail bikes and very often individuals target shooting.