Middle St. Vrain Trail

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Middle St. Vrain Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
524 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

trail running

wildlife

rocky

hiking
9 days ago

Great Hike. Light snow on the ground, plenty of Ivey patches where water runs over trail. Snowshoes needed above Wilderness Boundary

21 days ago

Really nice trail that meanders along with a steam. Definitely an easy trail with very little elevation gain. Lots of places to stop along the stream for a little snack. Had to turn back before we saw the waterfall, though. Can start at peaceful valley campground or drive further up to dick campground.

off road driving
2 months ago

the road portion is a moderate for sure, need clearance to go through it. has nice streams and the bridge at the end is gorgeous

2 months ago

Vehicle used to access the trail:
Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
Footwear:
Nike running shoe's
Child carrier:
ErgoBaby 360° backpack 22lb
Fee: Free...unless you use the restroom. $7 daily use for users who are not camping.

Firstly, if you do not have a high-clearance all-terrain 4X4 vehicle do not fret. You can still access the trail by parking at the lot and walking the rocky road to the trail head. It isn't far.
The parking lot requires that you drive through two camp grounds. We kept thinking we were going the wrong way but got there eventually.

We arrived on a Sunday in mid-September and started at 10:30am. There was still many spots available and the trail wasn't too busy. We took a bit over 2.5hours to complete the trail with a little break.
The trail itself was great! Not difficult at all. The trail begins with a bit of a climb but levels out. It follows along side a stream that is beautiful and has a number of little off shoots to get right to the water. We crossed a few pretty small areas that opened up to grassy meadows with some aspen trees that were beginning to change which was very pretty to see.

Overall it was a great out and back trail, not many people on it, and good for our leashed dogs. There was the daily use fee which the restrooms notified US of upon leaving which threw us off. $7 daily use fee for those who were not there as campers was a bit extreme but the restrooms are well kept and very clean. We were stopped while heading from the restrooms to the pay box and asked if we had paid before using them. Which we hadn't but the pay box isn't near the restrooms. So be aware of this fee.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail has multiple other trails within it. We intended on walking this trail but ended up going around to other trails and criss crossing!

That being said we walked 3 total miles with kids 4, 7, and 8 and had no issues with it. We would rate the trail as easy/moderate a few spots the kids needed a hand.

Overall really fun hike!

off road driving
4 months ago

We took this trail to Beaver reservoir meeting up with Coney Flats trail..should not be rated easy..moderate to hard..fun trail

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful scenery and tons of wild flowers throughout this easy trail. Is in the shade for the majority of the trail.

5 months ago

Great trail, but not what's described here. It's much longer and that's directions take you on the first part of lower Buchanan pass trail (7.7 miles out and back). This is more accurate http://www.protrails.com/trail/112/indian-peaks-wilderness-area-buchanan-pass-trail

hiking
5 months ago

A terrific trail for hiking with the dogs. The confusion over the length comes because there are several "trainlheads." The first is right before you cross the driving bridge into the Peaceful Valley campground. There is a small parking area there. The 1-mile "bypass" takes you around the 'developed' area of the campgrounds to the "real" trailhead that is at the west end of the Camp Dick parking lot, a few feet down the 4x4 road. The 1-mile is nice, with several "boardwalk" bridges over low or marshy areas. We didn't go the whole way out the next 4.6 miles but really enjoyed the trail alongside the noisy river. Lots of rocks so footing can be a little tricky, and one area where the stream runs along with the trail; it's entirely possible to stay dry, just carefully walk up the rocks. Although a woman was attacked by a moose while walking her dogs offleash about 4 years ago on this trail, we didn't see any droppings or other wildlife sign, but we were still careful to keep the dogs close. We actually came back and hiked this trail a second time, we liked it so much!

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. It's typically really quiet except for the sound of the river. A lot of soul-soothing on this one.

6 months ago

wonderful! not too many people, lots of shade. did have to climb or go around some fallen trees along the trail.

7 months ago

Would have rated higher but I wasn't able to finish the trail, lost it due to snowy conditions. Most of the trail was covered with snow (in the shade-there was a lot of shade) but it was very pleasant out (mid 60s-70s).

Where this navigates you to is not the start of the St Vrain trail (Buchanan/Camp Dick trail). From where you can park to the actual St Vrain trail is about a mile.

All of the snow is trying to melt and most of the trail was covered in water and the banks covered in snow, so it made slow going. Hopefully it'll get a bit dryer soon, because the whole thing was absolutely gorgeous!

trail running
Sunday, October 16, 2016

This trail is actually 6 miles one way from first parking area. Ends at Buchanan Pass trailhead. Great hike to go alone and meander with your thoughts. Fun day!

trail running
Monday, September 12, 2016

This is a beautiful trail with a wide variety of ecosystems. It is a gradual incline with great river and mountain views scattered throughout. There are a few technical sections but nothing too crazy. This is also a great hiking trail for the family. My kids love it!

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Only had time for a few miles for our evening hike. We couldn't do the Hidden Lake trail we planned, as it is on private property, so we ended up here for s quick hike. It started off with the nice view of snow capped peaks (visible from the snowmobile path) but once on the trail the scenery didn't change much at all. It was nice to be in the forest and near the water but we had no views and only came across a small meadow.

hiking
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beautiful trail! Well maintained and easy, with a little bit of everything for the senses...water, trees, wildflowers, meadows and mountain views. Hiked 4 miles in, to bridge crossing the creek, and returned the way we came. Highly recommend for a summer hike; looks like it would be a great winter snowshoe.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hiked this trail on July 4th. An easy trail normally but the heavy spring run off flooded the trail in many places. After about the 4 mile mark , the trial and the run off stream bed were one and the same. Decided to turn back.

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