Middle St. Vrain Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

off road driving

trail running

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

hiking
12 days ago

Lots of snow last weekend when we were there! Only saw 4 other people while we were out!

off road driving
1 month ago

Beautiful drive especially in the fall, but should not be rated easy...definitely moderate. Coming back down was much easier. We saw a Moose on the way up which was really cool! Only about 3 areas that were tricky. The entrance being the worst of it. Coming back down was much easier.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun, easy, forested trail with several good look out points over the river. Lots of sweet dogs and a few nice people. Went in late September and the Aspens were amazing!

2 months ago

The trail road to Camp Dick was a little hard to find coming from Lyons. Saw a large sign that said Camp Dick and thought to turn there, but there was a closed gate. The road is just a little further South on Hwy 72. The road is a one vehicle paved road, so be prepared to move over onto the side to allow other vehicles to pass. There were a lot of 4 WHL vehicles going up the trail and the hiking trail was hard to find. No maps or markers. Found a trail to the right of 4x4 road and followed it to the bridge, then a clear trail way to follow, but no markers. Overall a very easy trail to hike and going in has a light incline with lots of rocks and muddy areas, but shaded and pretty quiet. The waterfall isn't much to see since your up high on mountainside, but cool too listen too. Finished the trail and came back, easy hike down. My only complaint is there were several dog poop bags left on the side of trail! Come on Boulder, what's up with this? Also, dogs are supposed to be on leash and 95% weren't and spooked us and our puppy! They were good dogs though and not aggressive, so I guess that's ok. Overall, an easy hike and saw some young children, enjoyed the shade and secluded lunch by the river with my boyfriend and dog.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

WOW. This is definitely one of my favorite hikes and I will hope to be doing this one again before the snow flies. Loads of wildflowers and several water crossings. The trail follows the river, so there you get to enjoy the sound of rushing water the entire way. My 7 and 10 year old hiked 6 miles no problem. Lovely family friendly hike. Lots of dogs. Please keep them on a leash as we had a few encounters with some overly friendly dogs.

Pay the $7.00 to use the toilets at the campground. It is worth it and clean! Best kept vault bathrooms I've seen!

3 months ago

not for atv

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful easy trail! Got there about 11:30 on a Sunday and the trail wasn't too crowded. Very shady and cool for a summer day!

off road driving
3 months ago

beautiful area, not sure why it is rated 'easy', it's probably a 5 to 7 on a difficult scale. ground ckearnace needed for several areas

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. Pretty easy and makes for a good walk through the woods. Would be a great trail for trail running and kiddos. Trail runs right next to the river and stays within the shade of the trees. If you’re looking for a more relaxing “hike” this is the trail.

nature trips
4 months ago

This trail is an easy hike with a very gradual incline. It's mostly shaded with a few flowery meadows along the way. There are some great spots by the river for photography and bird watching!

trail running
4 months ago

Good trail for a good run. Not too rocky or steep. Perfect temperature as well. Not very busy at all. I will definitely be back.

4 months ago

Great trail, beautiful river and meadows. Trail mostly covered by trees so lots of shade. Will go all the way to the glacier next time.

5 months ago

Great hike to the falls, but even better if you keep going! Timberline Falls was raging with water from all the snow melt. It is a great place to stop and hangout. It takes about an hour to arrive at the falls. If you continue on the trail you will head up towards Buchanan Pass and St Vrain Glacier. You can go to many sky lakes as well. The trail was fairly easy, but very rocky. Incline and decline were very gradual. Trail runs by the river all the way up. A few flowery meadows along the way. I will definitely do this hike again.

5 months ago

River was full and cool. Friendly dogs and great flowers.

hiking
5 months ago

really liked this trail!! not super crowded and really pretty. great mix of sun and shade.

walking
5 months ago

Nice easy grade, good for dogs, in the trees so stays cool.

hiking
5 months ago

Moderately crowded, but there are enough turn offs that overcrowding was not an issue. My son loved the scenery.

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months 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
Monday, October 16, 2017

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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
Friday, August 11, 2017

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
Friday, August 11, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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
Friday, July 07, 2017

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
Friday, June 30, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

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!

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