Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir

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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.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
419 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Fun short hike along a beautiful stream. Hike up the rocks at the end for more stunning views of the reservoir!

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4 days ago

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camping
5 days ago

Beautiful place to camp

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5 days ago

Nice hike. Not too far or too hard....unless you want to go to the bottom of the falls. We, unfortunately, didn't get to see the falls from the bottom. There was a fairly moderate climb required to go over a rocky hill in order to get to the bottom which we didn't do with the kids. Other than that it was a nice hike, plenty of shade and places to stop and sit if needed.

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5 days ago

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6 days ago

Great hike with 7 kids ranging in age from 6-16. Even got to splash on the waterfalls a little bit.

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6 days ago

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11 days ago

This trail is great! Pretty short and easy and great shade! I started at 8:00 am on a Saturday and didn't see another person until I was almost back to the parking lot. Very relaxing and beautiful. One thing owners of old pups should be aware of is that at the end there are a couple high rocky spots that my 10 year old Great Pyrenees was unable to get over. (She is pretty large and uncoordinated, so most dogs will probably be fine).

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

Fun, easy hike with kids and dog on a leash. Plenty of shade makes this an ideal, 1.5-hour hike on a warm, sunny day. This would be a great trail run in fall. Note that it's helpful to use GPS to find the trailhead/parking lot, off CR68. I driving from Boulder, be sure to plug in coordinates before heading into the canyon as cell phone coverage is spotty on this beautiful, winding drive.

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14 days ago

We hiked to the waterfall and turned around because we thought that was the end. I will definitely be back to camp, amazing views!

18 days ago

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18 days ago

Lovely, shaded, not too busy on a Sunday early afternoon. Enjoyed hiking along the creek and a peaceful rest at the reservoir at the end.

20 days ago