Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Looking for a trail that will provide some shade on a hot Colorado day? This hiking trail has shade, plus a waterfall, a stream, a canyon, and lake. It’s hard to beat. Forsythe Canyon is just outside Boulder, Colorado (1hr 15min from Denver), and is an easy to moderate hike.
(1.14.2017) I completed this train back in January. Portions of the trail we're icy/snowy, but it was Jan. in Colorado so that's to be expected. Like other reviews, I also found portions of the trail hard to follow, after the waterfall, but over all it was a nice, short hike. Good for winter days when you don't have as much daylight. I would be interested in going back in the summer and camping.
Went last weekend and about half way the trail is blocked by a huge tree, but the biggest problem is that the trail tends to just disappear and is not clearly deffined. This happened at multiple spots. IMO this is more of a moderate trail than easy. This time of year, water is very low and trail is a bit muddy mixed with ice in spots and is expected, but that should dry up with the warm weather we have had recently.
It was fun to drive out to the trailhead. Good quick trail for someone who wants to hike but doesn't want to get to tired at the end of a 5 mile trail.
Trail isn't always easy to adhere to.
We went in mid July 2016. Great super easy, shady walk. We took Edna (English bulldog) and she had great time playing in shallow creek along the path.
It's probably better to go earlier in the season. It was pretty much dried up when we went this weekend. No waterfall, but it was fun to climb the rocks.
Fun hike through the woods. I went in the Spring and the water was raging. Enjoyable ridge walking when you reach the fall. The road up to the trail head is pretty steep, so take caution.