Eldorado Canyon Trail

MODERATE 449 reviews

Eldorado Canyon Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Eldorado 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 March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1945 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

There is an $8 fee to bring a vehicle into the park.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike to acclimate our flat lander bodies to the higher elevations prior to hitting the higher trailers in the National Park. Great views especially if you go the the river and just beyond.

hiking
3 days ago

6-13-18 great day on the trail. Very well maintained and a good workout! Views were great. Good blend of shade and exposed areas. Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated. I want to go back and do the walkers ranch loop’

hiking
3 days ago

This was a fun and easy trail, we went as far as the small waterfall on the ranch trail making the total trip 7 miles in/out. There was plenty of beautiful scenery and mature tree cover, we were rained on, but if we weren't I think this would have been a very warm summer hile.

Overall: a great way to spend 4 hours with hikers of any skill level. Bring water!

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike and the view was amazing. Starts out with a good incline (both directions since it is a in and out trail) but once past that was easy going. Great for a leisurely walk in the woods. Walker Ranch loop was closed today for a fire precaution but Ranger said should be open tomorrow 6-13-18.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful trail! Views were great, lots of wildflowers, and sitting by the river at the turnaround was lovely. My dog loved this hike too, luckily it was a partly cloudy day since not all of the trail is shaded.

20 days ago

Beautiful views, well-maintained trail, sitting Creekside at the turn around. Nothing more needed. No snow on this any longer.

hiking
23 days ago

Stunning views! Lots of elevation gain in the first section but gets easier after that!

hiking
28 days ago

Nice easy hike with great views!

1 month ago

Amazing views! A little slick with snow but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and challenging hike. First 1/3rd of the hike is the roughest but after that is a breeze. Fantastic views and even saw a few Golden Eagles.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike with all types of terrain! Great workout too!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Wild mix of elements. We saw 6-8” of snowing heading out and most of it melted away by the end. Made for some slick spots with snow falling and then melting so quickly. Awesome views!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for the family, not too intense. The trail gives you great scenery of el dorado canyon.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Still pretty dry but I’m looking forward to going back this summer. Didn’t go all the way to the creek because we weren’t really up for the steep climb back, but there is a very pretty overlook just before heading into the canyon. You can see the snow capped peaks and it’s very beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful place and great hike. Went after a snowfall so it was a bit wet and slippery but well
Worth it. Would go again

hiking
1 month ago

Wildflowers are beginning to come out

hiking
2 months ago

We ended up on this trail a little bit by accident. The parking lots at our first choice trail (Doudy Draw), just east of El Dorado Springs, were completely full. We arrived at the park around 10:30 am and parking was already tough. Remember to go all the way up to (or close to) the Visitor Center to start this hike. It’s very steep for the first mile and was annoyingly crowded, but the views get amazing quickly! We went up about two miles and the second mile was much more pleasant than the first. Definitely be careful on the way down as the gravel is very loose and I totally bit it. No snow, ice, or mud on the trail. It’s a great hike if you are in decent shape and the views are worth it but I wish we went earlier to avoid the crowds.

2 months ago

Wonderful hike great views along the way. Very dry not muddy at all! Enjoy

Fantastic hike! Challenging and fun hike! Trail is in great shape!

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail to run. Starts and ends steep, more hiking then running. Wasn’t that muddy, only a few snowy parts after the snow fall. Really nice overlook of the Denver skyline 2 miles in or so.

hiking
2 months ago

Really loved this trail! It’s a challenging hike that offers beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

Huge fan of this trail; it isn’t easy, but it’s very much worth it. Spectacular views and scenery, and it’s not far at all from Boulder. Highly recommended.

3 months ago

Bunch of switchbacks in the beginning. Very nice hike in the spring. The streams are definitely worth the complete hike

hiking
3 months ago

Much steeper and more difficult than expected , but it’s a beautiful hike with wonderful views! Busy trail until you get a bit further out. It’s very steep most of the way up!

Awesome, have hiked/run for a long time, never gets old. Great trail.

3 months ago

fun hike

hiking
4 months ago

This is a bit of a steep hike. There wasn't much snow so we used micro-spikes and they were super helpful in the shady, icy patches. The views were heavenly; I felt like I was on top of the world! My dog was with us and she had a blast, too. There was hardly anyone on the trail except some crazy runners in shorts and T-shirts! Loved it!

hiking
5 months ago

Went today and it was absolutely gorgeous! Trail was almost completely in the sun which made it very enjoyable. Used micro-spikes per the visitors centers recommendation and glad we did- we probably would have been fine but felt more comfortable with them. Highly recommend this trail.

5 months ago

Great workout and beautiful views. The most challenging part is in the beginning which I liked because it’s good to get over with. My little dog loved it. Would do again

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