Caribou Trail

EASY 18 reviews
#49 of 108 trails in

Caribou Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

views

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with beautiful views. Meadows are filled with wild flowers right now. Has offshoots from the main trail to an old mine and a large homestead with interpretative signs. Perfect trail for families with small children or those not used to the altitude.

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy day hike. I like that there are no dogs allowed since people never seem to pick up after them or they leave the plastic crap bags everywhere. (Love dogs, not their inconsiderate owners). There are lots of interesting sights as well with the old mine and the house and barn. Don't like that there are so many horses allowed since they chew up and stink up the trail. One of the few County owned trails that you won't see bikes on, which is awesome. Most other county trails have been given over to mountain bikes, which makes it less than fun for those of us who just like to be in the woods and walk. Nice family hike. Also great for snowshoeing in winter.

1 month ago

really bummed there are no dogs allowed. it's beautiful, shady and sunny, interesting sights and wildflowers. Roaring river and meadows. but there is a LOT of horse excrement all over the trail and parts do smell like a barn as a result. They are also VERY strict about park boundaries and staying on trail. it's like the retirement community of trails. there are a lot of tables but no nearby trash bins so not a great picnic spot either. it really is beautiful though.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Flat, variety of terrain and little exploratory stops at mining camp and homestead. Good for visitors who want a taste of Colorado outdoors but don't want to strain.

trail running
1 month ago

easy hike with gentle ascent. Good for beginner trail running. However no dogs are allowed on this trail.

1 month ago

This is a great easy hike. Best in summer as it gets muddy. This is one that even little kids can do and they will love. Goes by an old homestead and also brings you into the woods. It has something everyone will love.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was beautiful. Not too difficult. Being from the Chicagoland area the elevation change of Colorado has proven to be a little rough but this trail was perfect! Trail very well marked, homestead to see, lake, and if you want you can hike a loop (always my favorite). There's two roads to get there. I recommend NOT taking Caribou Road...it's NOT a road its a one lane steep mud trail that follows a steep drop off- it was a little scary but my husband loved it. The main road is also mud but easy to drive. LAST TIP: trail is closed April-June for deer mating season.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for a day hike! Not strenuous; we are coming from sea level so it was a good starter hike and probably would be for others recently from sea level or not in great shape (or both). Pretty vistas throughout; the old homestead and barn are beautiful and picturesque. Still has some significant snowpack in the first 1/2 mile right now. Quiet; only saw two other parties while out today.

4 months ago

4 months ago

A very enjoyable, mellow trail. Not very challenging at all but the views are beautiful. There is an interesting homestead and old mining site to explore along the way.

5 months ago

snowshoeing
6 months ago

The four stars for this review are for the trail and the location. Would have been five stars except for the directions given by the app from Loveland were TERRIBLE!!!!! If you're going to this trail from anywhere north of Boulder, DO NOT follow the directions that include Left Hand Canyon. Definitely go up HWY 119 from Boulder to the Peak to Peak highway. Much safer and easier drive.

hiking
11 months ago

Monday, July 11, 2016

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Nice easy trail with lots to see. Definitely worth it to do the Blue Bird Loop. There's a few short off-shoots from the trail with some interesting things to explore including a couple of homesteads and a mine. Trail was in excellent condition and was very well marked.