South Mesa, Bluestem and Shadow Canyon Loop

MODERATE 35 reviews
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South Mesa, Bluestem and Shadow Canyon Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Eldorado Springs, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1118 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

historic site

Restrooms are available at the trailhead.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

This review is on the trail done counter-clockwise. Beautiful scenery and small books perfect for a break or lunch (as we did). There were only small spots where the trail was muddy to the point of moving a few feet to the side of the marked trail. The highest point (where the climb to Bear Peak starts) has one of the best views. Then the best view upward is where you are halfway down Mesa and you finish the small switchbacks. Stop and look back. Beware it is extremely popular. We went on Easter Sunday mid morning and the parking lot was jam packed. We had about 10 runners and about 40-50 dogs...you do the math. Enjoy the views and the comradely.

2 months ago

We went to the right to start the loop and went counter clockwise. The views we're great, and there is a bit of hard hiking on Shadow Canyon portion. The trail was extremely muddy in parts, enough to nearly pull my shoes off. There is a creek at the top of the canyon, which was a great break for the pup after walking thru a lot of sun.

3 months ago

Good views and a fun trail to hike with your pup. Parking is difficult.

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4 months ago

I hiked this loop going counter clockwise and would rank it more easy/moderate than full on moderate. Good bit of mud / ice still on the trail this morning. You probably don’t NEED micro spikes / Yak Tracks, but I threw mine on for about 2 miles and wasn’t mad about it. Definitely start early if you want to avoid crowds.

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5 months ago

super crowded but great trail! great views even though it's right near town and 93!

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5 months ago

Great hike, pretty easy, a lot of sun exposure

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6 months ago

Great views with several historic homesteads.

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