Middle St. Vrain Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.2 miElevation gain702 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyCampingHikingohv / off road drivingRunningForestwild-flowersWildlifeMuddyRockySnow
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of January 2021, there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices. Head to the Camp Dick campground and the trailhead is towards the back near the parking lot.

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Alexander Karis
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Hiking

Very fun hike by the frozen creek. It made for some amazing sights. The trail was easy to traverse and not very busy at all. My dog loved it!

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Steve Ainsley
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!MuddyOff trailRocky

Amazing but this is a difficult OHV trail in my opinion. The trail starts with a test of your rig right outta the gate with a very high, rocky section. The trail is gorgeous with many areas to walk down to the river. Very rocky throughout most of the trail and two spots of deep water with no avenue to bypass. If I didn’t have a snorkel on my Jeep I would not have attempted and would have turned around. Made it almost 3 hours in and turned around at a fantastic camping spot right on the water that we shall return to for sure. Few other very rocky spots that will require a lifted vehicle to maneuver and skillful driving. 2013 JK Rubicon with 4 inch lift on 35s. My Jeep is a tank and this trail tested and used every option I have besides the winch and lost a sway bar link somehow somewhere along the way.

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Christi Shannon
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Hiking

Great outdoors hike

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dansinnfoo x
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Okay...I have reviewed this before, but will give it another go. This is solely for the hiking portion, but you can go off roading here (but for gosh sakes, make sure your vehicle can make it!! We saw one guy that was probably sorry he came, LOL) BATHROOMS: YES! Tons! Down near the campground. So happy. WHERE IS THE TRAIL? So there is a trail start as you pull into the area. I think that goes to Sourdough Trail. But keep going ALL THE WAY TO THE BACK of the campground, and so goes the start of the trail. It is both the start of the 4WD and also the hiking trail, so beware! You go on it for maybe five min or less and veer off to the right! I made the idiot mistake the first time and went straight on the 4WD road. LOL. Totally didn't know where the trail was. (doh!) The trail veers to the right and is marked as you go down lower. Buchanan Pass / Middle St Vrain. THE TRAIL: I have been doing super hard ones lately and this seemed very easy. My friend and I went with her mom so we wanted an accessible for out of towners trail. This is great for that. Not alot of elevation change, at least all the way up to the waterfall area. That is where we turned around since we had a lunch date. But this is a long trail and you can keep going. It is pretty in the woods, so you don't see as much (at least where we were!) except the water running alongside the trail. The trail is very rocky with big rocks (not slabs or anything!) with some water running through. I would classify this as a pleasant Sunday stroll!!! Gorgeous. The leaves look good too. I have done this trail maybe four times and it is just pleasant each time. I really like going to Camp Dick area.

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Kira Peterson
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Hiking

Good for trail running nice and easy climb little rock obstacles. Long.

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Michael Klein
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Brian M.
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Hiking

Awesome trail with lots of cover. Great place for a hike with your pup. Was fairly crowded for a Thursday, but there’s a campground nearby so I assume it’s always slightly busy. The end has beautiful views.

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Kerry Garrison
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OHV/Off-road driving

Great trail. Wasn’t sure what to expect. It certainly a high moderate.

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Evelyn Rodriguez
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Tom Bruch
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HikingRocky

Hiked on 9/4 starting at 7:40 am with plenty of parking available. Went 4 miles up on trail to Buchanan Pass Trail Head sign and slightly beyond before turning around. 8.2 miles with 1,000' elevation gain. Trail is rocky in parts about half of the time but doable with gradual ascent. Saw Timberline Falls down below about 2.2 miles up the trail. Trail is mostly in trees all the way except for a meadow about 3.7 miles up with a good view of the mountains. Day was sunny and mild. Nice to hear the sound of the creek and see it periodically. An enjoyable hike for late summer.

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Jayson Conover
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BackpackingGreat!

Beautiful creek side trail up to Timberline Falls. Fair amount of activity, seems to be a popular trail. Timberline Falls are beautiful!

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Heidi Greer
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Hiking

Rocky, beautiful settings with lots of flowers, the trail follows along the water and great views

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Leah Brown
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Hiking

Fantastic trail, wonderful weather, 8.2 miles from the parking lot if you take the hikers only trail, the bathrooms are very nice here as noted in other reviews

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Alissa Youngbloom
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Hiking

Great off-road trail

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Jordan Hennessy
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful hike! The last mile or so of the trail isn't as nice.

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Steven Dreyer
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Rocco Calandruccio
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HikingRocky

Drove in from Estes Park expecting a Jeep trail. Truth is - this is an ATV trail intentionally blocked at the beginning by a stack of boulders only the newer high clearance ATVs can manage. It seems the word is out on this as we saw dozens of trucks lining the road in with ATV trailers on the way in. Maybe if you have a 2 door wrangler on 40s you can do it, but if your looking for a true CO Jeep trail.. look elsewhere. Also.. of note. The campground leading into the trail was completely packed and non inviting / noisy/ messy.

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Michael Levin
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Hiking

Completed Buchanan Pass, then went partway up St. Vrain, but had to turn around because of time constraint. Took the "jeep road" back, which turned out to be a tough hike with all the water we had to forge, but luckily lost no oxen.

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Andrew Brodeur
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Hiking

Awesome trail. I am new to wheeling but took my stock JL rubicon out there and had a blast. Def need clearance for some of those rocks I def used those skin plates under

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Tony Spadafora
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OHV/Off-road driving

Great trail run today. A lot of diversity in rigs up there conquering the trail.

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Bobby Wenger
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HikingRocky

Amazing reward for little work! Trail is in great shape, no snow at all. 4WD is across creek, mostly out of view, and we couldn’t even hear them most of the time. Some really great backpacking spots that are very easy to hike to!

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Kari Dusenbery
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, and on a Wednesday, there was plenty of parking and very few people! Weather was cooler by about 10degrees to the city, so it was perfect, will definitely be doing again. Easy family friendly, but also good for a pack in camp trip

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Robert Richardt
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. The trailhead parking lot is open. Note: the app puts you on the county road not the Buchanan trail.

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Robert Lujan
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HikingClosed

Visited 5/24 still closed to OHV

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Aaron Powers
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BackpackingFloodedIcyMuddyOver grownRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

Day trip. Very snowy the higher up we got. Decided to not get all the way to Red Deer Lake because the snow drifts were making it difficult to see the trail.

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