Boulder Brook Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Boulder Brook Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fall River Estates Subdivision, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,486 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

rocky

no dogs

This unassumingly attractive trail closely follows Boulder Brook through the upper-montane zone into archetypal subalpine forests. Solitude seekers will enjoy its lively waters, diverse riparian vegetation, terrific autumn foliage, and good views of the Continental Divide and Mummy Range: The trail drops from the trailhead to the brook, crosses a bridge (.12 miles) and gradually rises away through a tall lodgepole forest. It continues south past the Sprague Lake connector (.25 miles) and Glacier Creek - Storm Pass trail split (.37 miles), where it officially becomes the Boulder Brook Trail. Horses are not permitted beyond this point. The trail rejoins Boulder Brook at .55 miles (9,095') and turns sharply uphill. A steep climb beside the creek is highlighted by several waterfalls, aspen, deep green mosses and lush ground vegetation. Autumn colors are notably good on this stretch. The grade eases through .75 miles (9,430'), where small clearings yield good views of Hallet Peak (12,713'), Flattop Mountain (12,324'), Otis Peak (12,486') and Thatchtop (12,668') to the east, glimpses of Longs Peak (14,259') and Storm Peak (13,326') to the south, and sweeping views of the distant Mummy Range to the north. These water-lined meadows are also good places to find wildlife activity, particularly elk and deer. The trails makes consecutive stream crossings to Boulder Brook Backcountry Campsites #2 and #1 (2.05 miles and 2.15 miles, respectively). The trail ends rather unceremoniously at its intersection with the North Longs Peak Trail (2.4 miles : 10.311'). A few steps along it to the west is a bridge spanning an attractive section of the brook, a good place to rest before retracing your steps back to the trailhead.

1 month ago

Beautiful. Steep in places. Spectacular views.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this in June of 2017. The early elevation gains can be pretty brutal but it tones down a bit while still being mostly up hill.

The mosquitoes really pestered us during the initial ascent and we were not prepared for them.

A good challenge that felt worth it none the less.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an awesome trail! We started near Sprague Lake and went upwards for a few hours. Our first real trail in Colorado. We are from Texas and made it to 10,000 ft elevation just fine. The views were breathtaking! A few bits of wildlife, beautiful flowers, and all the waterfalls and water crossings were amazing. Highly recommend this trail. We went upwards connecting to another trail for about 3.5 Miles, then back down. Total of about 5 hours for the 7+ mile trek.

2 months ago

Beautiful babbling brook running beside the trail. A few patches of snow, but they were easy to walk through. Beginning of the trail was steep but eased a bit after the first mile. Intermediate is a perfect description for this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Still quite a bit of snow after the first bridge. Micro spikes helped a lot, especially coming down. Didn't quite make it to the end, started postholing every few steps. For a majority of the hike, only way to know (hope) I was still on the trail was to follow the footprints in the snow.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Need snowshoes for the majority of this trail. Beautiful frozen waterfalls but can still hear the water. Very calming. Had the trail all to ourselves. Towards the top, became slightly difficult to follow.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike along gorgeous waterfalls

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike along gorgeous waterfalls

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

you can read the length and the elevation gain. what that doesn't tell you is that after the first several beautiful waterfalls cascading picturesquely over boulders, you may never want to see another one!! Seriously, only drawback are the mosquitoes

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Took the .3 mile trail to get to the fairly well marked boulder brook trail.

My wife and I are not too fit so we knew the first elevation spike was going to be a killer but made it past and things really toned down by the 3rd bridge.

Ultimately it was a good test of or abilities. One note I would make is that the mosquitos were a mess and almost completely prevented us from stopping. We were not prepared for them and were almost the hardest part of the trail.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trail is clear. Hiked 6/19/17.
From Sprague Lake, took Glacier Creek trail to Alberta Falls to North Longs Peak Trail, and then back down Boulder Brook trail to Sprague Lake. Beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and bridges. Boulder Brook trail is quite steep so coming down was a bit cumbersome, but very doable and beautiful. I basically had the entire trail to myself. The only part where there were numerous people was from Glacier Gorge trailhead to just past Alberta Falls. Once I hit the North Longs Peak Trail to Boulder Brook trail I only came across 2 people. Both of them were on the lower Boulder Brook trail.
I would call this an easy hike (unless you struggle with knee issues).

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Needed to put in a quick elevation hike and discovered this by accident. Would agree with previous reviewer. We went up for just and hour then turned back when we hit some snow. The numerous waterfalls is what this one is all about.

hiking
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Very rocky and wooded trail where you get some clearings for great views, creek crossings and very few people if you want to get away from the masses. Looked for wildlife but didn't see anything.
We took our time on the way back and relaxed a few times besides the creek and put our feet in the freezing water at one point.
Enjoyed the solitude and peacefulness of this trail.

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