South Boulder Creek Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

cross country skiing

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nature trips

snowshoeing

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bird watching

running

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Note: Parking fee is $5 if not a Boulder resident Follow the beautiful South Boulder Creek past grazing cattle and spot wildlife of all kinds on this marvelous trail. It's not easy being a trail on the edge of America's most fit community. You get a lot of use. But it's not just humans that make this trail popular. Critters of all sorts populate South Boulder Creek and its companion trail. It's not unusual to see deer, coyote, dogs, cows, geese, and many smaller birds. On this particular trip, the author of this guide even got to witness a mountain lion chasing a deer and then getting treed by those dreaded humans. But that was a bit unusual, even for this popular trail. And although mountain lion sightings may be scarce, beautiful creekside scenery and mountain views are constant. And if you're a dog lover, you'll love the north half of this trail with two trail choices including a cement path and a gravel path. Your pooch will love roaming the trail, meeting other dogs, and even taking a refreshing dip in the creek. And dog-owners and their buddies will love this trail, whether running, walking, or biking. And if a 6.4 mile out-and-back journey isn't enough for you, then you can easily connect this trail to a half dozen other nearby trails after a short ride/walk/run on the road.

hiking
24 days ago

Great very easy trail for the family and dog. The current in the water is a little strong so watch out with small kids but besides that it was great and the views are beautiful

hiking
5 months ago

Two stars just for getting outside. Nothing special about the trail. Rocky with a slight upgrade going out. Calm winds and mid-40’s.

hiking
Tue Feb 12 2019

desde casa al puente. HR Max Hr promedio

walking
Fri Oct 12 2018

Very easy walk on either paved or gravel path. Many dogs with most on leashes. Easy to take jogging or all terrain stroller on the path. Several bikers, but most called out that they were coming up behind you. Some good views of the mountains and Flatirons.

running
Sat Jul 14 2018

Loved the shade, the friendly bikers, runners, and hikers, and saw some great scenery! A must

walking
Sun May 20 2018

This is a nice path to take my toddler. The gravel path along the creek still allows for an all terrain stroller easily. There are nice views through the trees.

walking
Wed Oct 18 2017

Was a very nice level walk with beautiful views.

running
Wed Oct 18 2017

Beautiful local trail, easily accessible. You're not hiking in the mountains, but you have pretty views of a few.

Sat Aug 19 2017

Loved it here! So many different trails to explore. Peaceful and beautiful.

walking
Thu Aug 10 2017

walking
Wed Jun 07 2017

Super easy and very flat. Great for runners and beginners.

Fri Dec 30 2016

Great place for a quick hike in the winter

walking
Fri Sep 30 2016

picture above is of a different creek in Boulder. I live really near this trail, so I walk it fairly often - there are a couple of pretty parts, and the creek access is nice in summer, but a lot of the path runs next to a fairly loud road, which isn't great. they recently fixed the bridge, so you don't have to walk along the shoulder anymore. not the best trail in/around Boulder, but that's a really high bar! I like South Boulder Creek for a longer afternoon walk in the spring/summer/early fall.

hiking
Sun Sep 11 2016

Open trail with great vistas of the Front Range. Lot of sun so wear sun block. Beware of rattlers in the area. Parking costs $5 for those who don't have Boulder permit.

Fri May 15 2015

Easy path. Pleasant views.

hiking
Sat Aug 17 2013

Beautiful easy hike. Lots of shade along the way and access to the creek to cool off.

hiking
Fri May 31 2013

Nice easy trail with spots along the way to dip your feet in the creek on a warm day. Downside is the much of the trail runs along the roadway or highway. Still makes for a pleasant, leisurely stroll or trail run!

walking
Thu Nov 29 2012

As stated below, the photographs are not on this flat, easy trail along South Boulder Creek just east and south of Boulder. This trail is one of our standard quickly accessible walks when we are bored with the normal in-town bike path walk. Recommended for families, no dogs allowed. Cattle sometimes pastured in the area so watch where you step and don't get between a cow and its calf!

walking
Thu Jun 14 2012

The photos don't match this trail at all. The photos look like Boulder Creek. This is South Boulder Creek trail which is a gentle walking parh along the creek between Baseline and South Boulder Road. It does cross Sourh Boulder as well. Good trail to bike or if you're walking a dog which I wasnt. Ive walked it several times and each time Ive been eaten alive by squitters.

hiking
Fri Jul 30 2010

A beautiful hike. I love this hike for photography!

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ohv/off road driving
17 days ago

mountain biking
21 days ago

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27 days ago

running
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

recorded South Boulder Creek Trail

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