Eldorado Canyon Trail

MODERATE 434 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
1,945 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.

1 month ago

Nice climb with nice views

2 months ago

Nice views and good elevation change, great mix of snow, slush, ice, mud and dirt.. definitely kept us on our toes!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good hike. Pretty steep right from the get go. We took a lot of breaks. Good views along the way. Not overly crowded on the trail, but parking was pretty hard to come by on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Coming back up from the river was the hardest part for me. All in all, 4 hours well spent.

hiking
2 months ago

This was my first hike after moving from the midwest. It was a nice trail, took the dog with us, got my heart rate going right off the bat and we took it nice and slow. Probably not the best first hike for someone who hasn't hiked much, we didn't make it all the way to the end, but we will next time!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing view!

4 months ago

Fun hike! We did a hard 8 miles in the sun and shade. Dogs loved the stream!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike for such low elevation and so close to home. Went with buddy and three dogs. Enough vertical gain to get the heart rate up without being too strenuous. Beautiful views to the southwest toward Indian Peaks/Continental Divide. Hope to go back another time and add Walker Ranch. Be sure to bring $8 cash if you're going at a time when a ranger might not be there to swipe your credit card.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Pretty views of the mountains and of Denver while also having the sound of the river and being able to go down to the river at Walker Ranch Trail when you get to the end of the Canyon Trail. The River is just down a small hill so it's worth the extra steps. Today it was partly cloudy which was nice b/c it didn't get too hot on the trail. The parking and trail became more crowded around 11am so getting there early is beneficial.

hiking
4 months ago

If you haven't been here dont miss out. great hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Very good front range trail with plenty of beautiful views of the Divide and front range. I paired it with the walker ranch trail for a total of 11.24mi and completed in 5:18. The Canyon trail to the river has lots of changes in ascent/descent with nice views so definitely not a trail you get bored on. I prefer trails with a goal in mind so the river/canyon at the end is perfect and a great place for lunch. Trail was very well maintained and I didnt experience a lot of traffic during my hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Well maintained trails that are surprisingly pretty busy. Definitely take some water with you and wear the right shoes, rocks can get a bit rough at some parts. Plenty of hills and the views are gorgeous but if you’re not used to the elevation, I’d recommend taking it slow at first. Only down side is it’s a state park so you have to pay to enter.

hiking
5 months ago

Well maintained trail, nice views.

5 months ago

Great hike! A bit strenuous at the beginning but well worth it. Make sure to take the Walker Ranch Loop down to the falls. Awesome views!

hiking
5 months ago

Great views, half shade and half open. Good hike close to Denver. Definitely a moderate difficulty. We hiked with 9, 12 and 15 year old and they did alright.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful, well-maintained trail. Be sure to continue on to the Walker Ranch Loop (turn left at the sign) to spend some time at the falls - it’s a welcome rest stop before turning around. About 60% tree cover which is nice on warm summer days.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! It is steep in many spots and has some shade, but was hot already on a morning hike. The view at the top is very nice.

hiking
6 months ago

Go early in the morning. We started at 8 am, but by the time we were coming out it was starting to get too hot for the dog. There is some shade, but the middle part of the hike is fairly exposed to the sun.

6 months ago

Loved it but hot in the summer! Partially shaded

hiking
6 months ago

Great, easy trail. We started late around 2:30 and finished before less than 3 hours. We took our time at the start to acclimate to the altitude. Arrived in CO yesterday.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail. Brought our two small dogs and it was very safe for them. We kept them on leash and let them cool off in the stream at the halfway point. Definitely go in the morning. Middle part of trail really exposed but flatter and beginning and end is nice and shaded. Start and end with switchbacks. Beautiful views! We saw Denver’s skyline and the river at the turnaround is really beautiful.

hiking
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy hike with great views!

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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.

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