Tungsten and Kinnickinnick Loop at Mud Lake

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Mud Lake Open Space Park

Tungsten and Kinnickinnick Loop at Mud Lake is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers 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: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 236 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Head north on CO Highway 72 from Nederland for 1.9 miles. Take a sharp left onto CO Road 126. Go 0.3 miles and take first left. Follow road to parking area and trailhead.

hiking
14 days ago

So mellow and nice to do in the spring

hiking
18 days ago

Positives: Tuesday midday very few people. Trails in great condition, well marked and clean. Parking lot adequate. Lake kinda pretty. Easy, flatish. Negatives: Scenery was mostly fallen dead trees. Traffic and industrial noise constant. Scenic overlooks underwhelming.

hiking
21 days ago

Relatively light traffic for a Sunday afternoon, safety masks on 80% of hikers and 100% of dogs on-leash. Nice and easy loops for a family with elementary-age children. Trails in perfect condition.

hiking
23 days ago

I thought this was a very cool area! Hardly any people and it was a fairly easy hike with nice views and plenty of shade! The trail branches in multiple spots on the trail, so it can be a little tricky to follow, but it’s nice to have the option to go a customizable distance!

hiking
2 months ago

Great day to hike this trail. Very few hikers. Mostly snowpacked. Didn’t use snowshoes or spikes. Spikes could of helped in a few areas but was just fine without them. Only negative was people not picking up after their dogs. Only one pile on actual trail but apparently owners think if their dog goes on side of trail they don’t need to pick up. C’mon people, do your part! Very easy trail to hike anytime of year.

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Snow shoed on 2/8 and loved it. Nice loop, snow was exceptionally deep - would recommend snow shoes to help you float.

Packed snow great short hike with microcleats

hiking
3 months ago

awesome trails and very well marked. saw a couple of elk so had to go off trail to avoid them

icy
4 months ago

Nice easy trial. Very packed snow and pretty icy. Don’t need snow shoes but poles came in handy.

Lovely winter hike! Minimal elevation gain, so good for beginners or a casual hike. A bit icy in spots.

Snow packed and slick. Not enough for snow shoes, nice hike

hiking
icy
4 months ago

Great for snowshoes or ice crampons. Serene. Covered pavilion for picnics.

Easy friendly hike, no need for snowshoes now.

Awesome hike!!! Highly recommended trail for families and couples. Not too busy with a couple mountain bikers. 3 or 4 beautiful views of snow capped peaks. Lots of fish and crawdads. Really good rock skipping too!

End o summer. UVA Ursi!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Pristinely managed with a very good array of wildflowers. I went yesterday via RTD from Boulder and due to construction in Boulder Cyn, I got a free tour of the Peak to Peak Hwy going to Ned via Lyons. I entered the park via the elementary school in Ned onto the Kinickinick Trail and turned left onto Tungsten and left again onto the Caribou connector. It was stunning and easy enough. I circled back via the Lake and exited on the intersection of Hwy 72 and Hwy 128 which I don't think is a designated exit trail but well-worn anyway. Easy walk back to Ned via the Community Center. This is a terrific no-car day trip; easy and well-maintained trails, very good wildflower viewing, and only a few friendly people to encounter. Can't wait ti go back and do the Caribou Trail. I got a lot out of an RTD day pass!

Sun Apr 21 2019

fun Easter walk with my family. easy to push a stroller around the lake.

hiking
snow
Sun Apr 14 2019

Very easy trail - nice for a quick hike. Packed snow on trail. No need for spikes. Quite muddy as snow melts.

hiking
snow
Sun Apr 07 2019

Packed snow and a little bit of ice on most of the trail with some bare areas. Easily doable without spikes, some in our group used them, some went without. One or two ok vistas otherwise you’re in the trees. Overall a pleasant short hike near Nederland.

snowshoeing
snow
Sat Mar 16 2019

Sat Mar 16, 2019: access road is drivable with standard car. Parking was a little snowy but most spots were accessible. Restrooms open. Trails are snow packed; we used snowshoes but some people were just in boots (and a very few on skis). About 16” snow. Beautiful day, 36 degrees and virtually no wind. A nice easy trail, a few minimal ups and downs. A couple nice mountain views through the trees.

hiking
snow
Mon Feb 18 2019

I was looking for an easy hike to start to get back in shape. I had Stabilicers on my hiking boots; some people had snowshoes. Beautiful, sunny day; went with my daughter, well marked trails. According to the AllTrails app it was supposedly 4.4 miles, but tracking our route it was about 3 miles. Still, a nice hike! February 17, 2019. All was snow covered.

Mon Feb 04 2019

Went Jan 31, 2019 for a snowshoe on both loops. Weather was sunny with wind and temps in the 30's. Trail was covered in packed down snow with a few patches of bare ground. Off trail the snow was decent. Snowshoes worked ok on the trails but spikes would have been fine. Covered about 2.6 miles on rather scenic paths. Overall an easy and enjoyable trek.

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