Nice quick hike.

hiking
12 hours ago

Beautiful views and great trail. The south bloulder creek is gorgeous. I will definitely be back to this trail! Lots of bikers but were courteous. We had a toddler in a thule stroller and one in an osprey pack. Was an awesome workout. Def wear hiking boots, and take lots of water, and a rain-shell in case it rains.

hiking
14 hours ago

Great fun to do alone or with a partner. Most people are wearing their masks.

Start early AM as a significant amount of the trail is on the sun. You'll get a mix of open vistas, woods, climbs, rocks, creek...a bit of everything. Fantastic smells in the spring.

hiking
22 hours ago

Great hike! Brought our pup. Use this app to record because you can lose the trail at the top, but the app makes it easy to find again.

Pretty views. Shade in the middle but not at the end. Went on Sunday at around noon and wasn’t overly crowded.

undesicribeable beauty

hiking
off trail
rocky
3 days ago

It’s pretty difficult. It gets a little tricky cause it’s not marked the best when you get down by the river the 2nd time. It’s hard because you start going downhill and lose a ton in elevation then have to gain it all at the end. It’s pretty but does drag towards the end! Beautiful views though and lots of differently landscape views! Reward yourself after by hitting up Avery’s for a beer.

hiking
3 days ago

Great little easy hike, for a lazy Sunday. Not too crowded, and only a few spots of snow off trail. It was just good to get out! I like that the trail was shaded and I would say it was 50-50 with people wearing masks.

hiking
3 days ago

I think on some levels this is could almost be ranked as hard. the incline and decline are steep, and the trail is a bit hard to navigate, we had to look to the map quite frequently. Regardless, some of the BEST views I’ve seen from a hike near Boulder. Would recommend to anyone looking for a slight challenge

hiking
scramble
3 days ago

Heavier biking traffic than foot traffic

ohv/off road driving
4 days ago

lots of camping areas....Easy trail with some pretty cool views! You could roll around stock in any Jeep with little to no issue

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail with a mix of open and shade; most people were wearing masks and respectful of space when passing. They have a recommendation to do the Springbrook Loop counterclockwise to help with congestion/passing (and most people saw the sign and followed it). FYI - Dogs are only allowed on 1/2 the loop.

Quick, easy hike close to Boulder. There were tons of mountain bikers on the trail, so probably not one I'd hike again (especially with my dog), but it fit the bill for a fast Sunday morning outing.

This is a mountain biking trail period. If you don’t mind mountain bikes it’s fine

hiking
5 days ago

I tried using the directions from Sugarloaf parking lot and heading down part of Switzerland Trail but it was difficult to follow. Parts of the trail cross with dirt bike trails. Luckily it was not busy. The views are spectacular. Many camping spots with epic views.

hiking
5 days ago

Got there this morning at 7 AM and the lot was probably 2/3 full, by the time I finished 2 and a half hours later it was completely full. This is a gorgeous but long hike that goes through a number of different biomes, length-aside is not as difficult as some of the hikes in Boulder but isn’t a total walk in the park either. Absolutely would recommend

Hiked 5/29: lots of parking at trailhead at 8:15 am, packed at noon. People will try to rush you out so they can have your spot which is annoying after 4 hours of exerting in the heat - give me two seconds of rest please!! As for the trail, I chose the "better view" path as recommended by previous posters and immensely enjoyed going CLOCKWISE... aside from the stairs, it was 7 miles of downhill, with 1 mile of uphill at the end. no regrets! bikers were mostly respectful and kind, with just a couple rude jerks who didn't announce themselves or slow down. such is life of a shared trail - get over it or don't go I guess! hummingbirds and butterflies everywhere, lots of variety in terrain, and overall a wonderful trail!!

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike that has a mix of everything! Got there at 8:30 on a Saturday and the main and upper parking lots were full. Lots of exposed areas so bring sunscreen. Not much room to socially distance on some areas of the trail and watch out for mountain bikers. Went counterclockwise which I enjoyed but the 7th mike is a steep uphill climb. Finished in 2 hours and 45 mins. at a moderate/fast pace. Next time I would try to get there earlier as it was very busy.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

Overall it’s a great trail. I’d rate it moderate to hard given its pretty steep and rocky (remember your hiking shoes). The view on top of the Bald Mt was stunning! Saw some wild flowers too. Came across only 5 people. However, half of the trail is shared with motors and cars... and there were many of them. Otherwise I’d give it a 5-star. Ohhh! Don’t forget to turn on our GPS! Very easy to go off trail or get lost if you don’t :)

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

Nice easy trail with great views. Only shaded for about 3/4 a mile. Perfect for trail running, biking, and walking a dog !

Brought my Dirt Bike out. This was my first time ever on a bike. It was intimidating at first but I quickly got the hang of things and was smooth riding. Some smooth spots, some gravel and some larger rocks. still, this was not a difficult trail even my first time riding. I have back here ever weekend since. been to a few other trails but so far this trail is my favorite.

Good hike. On the easier side of moderate. I went clockwise which I think was maybe a bit more difficult like previous reviewers have said just because a lot of the climbing is in the last mile. Other than that there is a tiny bit of steep stairs. Got to the TH at 9a, was pretty crowded, but with all the isolation lately I didn’t mind it so much. All of the mountain bikers were very courteous except one rude dude.

pup and i hiked this trail for the first time today and i found it to be one of the most stunning trails i have experienced in boulder! a combination of sun/shade/water/wildflowers/vistas/challenge made for a wonderful few hours in nature. the only bothersome part were the few mountain bikers going tremendously fast and not announcing themselves on narrow parts-just felt disrespectful. many other bikers/hikers super considerate, especially where social distancing was concerned.

Great views!

5/28/20 - loved this hike! 4.5 Stars! I have certain criteria that I feel make for a great hike and this one had it all! Great views, wildflowers, rivers, shade, sun, uphill and downhill, a great workout and not too crowded! I didn’t even get on the trail until almost 1 PM on a Thursday and I went ahead and did the full 9 mile loop and only saw a handful of people every now and then. You really can’t go wrong with this hike… It has everything a person could want. I would not rate this hike as hard… I actually thought that it was fairly moderate. I started at 1pm and finished at 4pm. I don’t typically like to do the same hike twice, but for this one I will make an exception.

This trail was great! An ease of an incline/decline, whichever way you are walking. We hiked on a cloudy day and there was no one else on the trail! Nice, private, easy trail for some breath taking Boulder views.

mountain biking
rocky
7 days ago

I would not recommend this trail to beginner mountain bikers, if you consider yourself intermediate than you could probably handle it. This was my first time doing something like this so it was pretty difficult for me but still a lot fun.

We took this as a precursor to a different hike in the area. The trail is definitely rocky with a lot of loose gravel and little shade, but the 360 degree view of everything in the area is the key highlight. Like another poster said, the trail forks sharply at a very obvious location. We followed the path to the right and ended up on a beautiful stroll around the mountain followed by a gruesome climb straight up to meet the trail at the top. I recommend it (for intermediate/experienced hikers, that is) as it makes the trail a loop versus out-and-back and is filled with stunning views!

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