Eldorado Canyon Trail

MODERATE 396 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

hiking
4 days 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.

10 days 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
19 days 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
25 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month ago

I so enjoyed this amazing journey to find myself. Make sure you don't listen to a sad audio book ;(

I hope you have the day of your life and later enjoy an Ice Cold Mountain Dew. This reminds me of a story I used to tell. I was in the mountains, I saw a bald eagle capture a full grown bobcat. They battled to the death for five full minutes, all the while I was chuggin' LITERALLY the. most. refreshing. Ice Cold beverage I've ever had...ICE COLD MOUNTAIN DEW.

hmu @mountaindew

Unfortunately for me and all of the public of this America, the eagle and his prey escaped into the mist.

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

1 month ago

fun hike

hiking
2 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
3 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.

3 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

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was in great shape, no ice so made for a great January hike. There is good elevation gain in the beginning, trail starts off with switchbacks. We took the dogs, good trail for them, no steep climbing. I think moderate is appropriate for this trail. Even though there is quite a bit of elevation gain in the beginning it is switchbacks where you can take fairly even paces.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike on a 50+ degree January day. Took the dog and saw some beautiful views. Lots of inclines but totally worth it

hiking
4 months ago

It was a rewarding hike. Beautiful and well as serine. We went on a December day, not to warm. The trail offers beautiful views of distant valleys and rock formations. We could see over 50 miles of mountains and forests. It was quiet and breathe taking.

4 months ago

Trails are in excellent condition, but it definitely wasn't the most scenic hike.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

There are sections if hard climbs due to elevation changes, but overall a moderate trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Parking area was pretty muddy from old snowmelt, but trail was clear and dry. Pretty rocky trail with lots of up and down. Really nice workout, and some nice views. Very few people early, but busy by lunchtime. Agree with reviewer who recommended continuing down the Walker Ranch Connector trail (thanks!). Just over the bridge there's a nice waterfall - definitely worth the extra little bit to get there. I forgot to turn on tracking feature until well underway, so my track is incomplete - actually more like 7.5 to 8 miles round trip.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views of the canyon, surrounding hillsides and snowy mountain peaks for most if not all of the trail. Also had a view of downtown through the canyon.
The trail offered a good mix of steeper sections (mostly at the beginning) and flatter areas as well as rocky terrain.
Note: We stopped at the lookout and did not do the extra mile downhill.

Lovely hike but definitely would call this a challenging and hard version of moderate. Hiked the flat irons the day before and was equally challenged by this! Steep climbs up and down.

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful trail with a great balance of ups/downs/easy steps and rocks to scramble over. Nothing too difficult and a fantastic dog trail. Nice views.

Upon getting to the Walker Trail intersection I recommend taking a left on Walker Loop for a short hike down to the river. Cross the bridge over the river and continue about 100 feet and have a lunch break on the newly installed bench.

6 months ago

Love it.

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic workout with all the up and down. A lot of great views to chew on

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

It's a nice hike. Eldorado Canyon is a great place for family.
There aren't any extraordinary views, but it is pretty the entire time. It's quite a bit of elevation in a short distance. We didn't hike down the last bit to the Walker Ranch Loop because it was basically straight down and there didn't seem to be any reason to do it when we already had the views on the top.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail! We made it about halfway, but turned back due to a storm rolling through. Before we turned around, we stopped and ate a picnic... such beautiful views! I can't wait to go back and do the whole thing

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