Middle St. Vrain Trail

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Middle St. Vrain Trail is a 4.6 mile 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 and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

wildlife

rocky

10 hours ago

off road driving
5 days 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

11 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

27 days 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
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 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
3 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!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago