South Boulder Peak via Homestead Trail

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South Boulder Peak via Homestead Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Eldorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,992 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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$5 cash fee for a day pass This hike starts in the plains of the foothills along Townee Trail. It then connects to Shadow Canyon Trail and enters a cool wooded canyon. At the top of the canyon, a short trail takes you to the top of South Boulder Peak. This peak does not have many visitors compared to the other nearby peaks.

Amazing hike, found it steep but pretty quick, 2.5 hrs to the top and less than 2 down pretty leisurely. Didn’t start recording until quarter of the way up tho.

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rocky
7 days ago

This trail is extremely rocky once you are about 2-3 miles to the peak. My gps step tracker said I walked 11 miles and not 7.8 like the app said, I spent some time walking around and taking pictures so the trail may actually be around 10-10.5 miles. This trail is definitely not for the faint of heart but the view from the top is worth it, pictures don’t do it justice.

This is a challenging trail that is much longer than the 8.8 miles listed.

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rocky
10 days ago

This is a challenging hike. It was just what I was looking for. I added about 3 miles to it to warm up. I went up Towhee to Homestead to Shadow Canyon then up to S Boulder and over to Bear.

hiking
12 days ago

Not for the faint of heart

Absolutely beautiful hike! Not too crowded on a Thursday morning and everyone we passed was very respectful about social distancing. Gorgeous views, nice trails, and a good length.

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scramble
18 days ago

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rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Easy start, challenging middle scramble up to the ridge. Easy once one the ridge. Scramble to summit. Very well maintained trail.

hiking
26 days ago

steep, and quick, but fun

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scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, good coverage, steep up the mountain, lots of options, multiple peaks, Really enjoyed this with Ryan/Josh

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1 month ago

An amazing trail, didn't need spikes though some small spots would have been a little easier with them. one of my favorite hikes in the area no doubt.

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snow
1 month ago

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

Hiked on 4/10. Great trail. The last quarter mile had quite bit of snow and ice. Traction was very helpful. Great views from the summit.

Beautiful day out on one of my favorite trails. The last stretch is still snow covered and having traction was key.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Definitely takes energy but very enjoyable. This trail has 3 sections. First, an easy open area. Not much shade here so you may want sunscreen. Then you enter a forested area which is first relatively flat (and muddy and icy). The second section is in the forest and is pretty steep and rocky. The trail is well trod upon so it is often a patch of ice on an incline. Since I did not have spikes, I was usually stepping on rocks instead of the trail so I wouldn’t slip. Then you leave the forest and enter an open area. You’ll soon reach a sign that says Bear Peak this way and South Boulder Peak that way. I took South Boulder Peak. The trail was steep and slippery. A stick or pole can help. The snow on the sides of the trail was a foot and a half deep. Gaiters can help here. Going down I was often able sit and slide down for a few seconds. Should take 4 hours round trip.

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