Explore the most popular birding trails near Eldorado Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Goshawk Ridge

1 day ago

Good natural trail. I have seen black squirrel in there first time.

Quite the incline for about half way, but worth the view once you hit the overlook point! Going back down is a breeze!

This was a great hike. Fair amount of people, yet not crowded. Still peaceful and fun. Dog-friendly, with friendliest trial I’ve ever been on. Steep hike up, rocky and often narrow, little protection from the cliff, but worth it. Take it easy, rest. It’s a great afternoon. View of Crag’s Hotel and Continental Divide is spectacular. Oh, and stop in the river once you’ve come down.

8 dollar parking.

Super warm hike . Decent trail, not too technical.

Fabulous hike. Sturdy views, etc. highly recommended.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike. Offers a challenge but not too steep - it was fairly easy taking it slow. The trail has plenty of coverage and great views! Fairly busy but we were able to avoid most traffic by getting there in the morning. The loop is less busy than the main out & back trail. $8 to enter El Dorado park.

the rocks are SO cool!! fun hike, not super hard

Well maintained trails that are surprisingly pretty busy. Definitely take some water with you and wear the right shoes, rocks can get a bit rough at some parts. Plenty of hills and the views are gorgeous but if you’re not used to the elevation, I’d recommend taking it slow at first. Only down side is it’s a state park so you have to pay to enter.

hiking
8 days ago

This hike is great for a very easy hike with some awesome views. If you enter from Eldorado Springs you'll have to pay $8 to park your car, but you really see where that money goes while walk the well manicured trail with retaining walls on the side. If you park at the other end of the trail it's free (considered Boulder Open Space). The first half of the hike is very scenic, while the rest is pretty open and not as many views. I would suggest branching off to Spring Brook North Trail or Rattlesnake Gultch.

Busy trail, lots of dogs, but great views

beautiful setting, steep uphill climb. had a 7 and 10 year old on the hike, we had to stop many times as it's a long uphill climb. overall we really enjoyed the hike and views.

hiking
13 days ago

Well maintained trail, nice views.

Amazing place.

Nice trail to hike with oldest son and grandson!

Great hike, perfect length, great views and a variety. Storm rolled in at the top and while I was at the divide overlook, made the mistake of heading back instead of waiting it out - cleared back up in like ten minutes. Followed it up with the first little bit of Fowler. Decent amount of people (~11am on a Sunday) but I wouldn’t say it deterred too much

Nice mix of history, railroad and views

Great hike! A bit strenuous at the beginning but well worth it. Make sure to take the Walker Ranch Loop down to the falls. Awesome views!

Not very good for bikes was very rocky with sharp pointy Rock sticking out. It was only my fifth trail on a mountain bike so I'm just a beginner.

Fairly busy trail but great views and not too difficult. Mostly shaded.

great trail! it took us about and hour and 40 minutes from start to finish. pretty heavily trafficked especially for a Wednesday

hiking
22 days ago

Nice day hike with beautiful front range views, dense forest, and wildflowers in the spring and summer. I usually take the trail counter clockwise; That way if you start in the morning, you'll have nice some sun exposure, and then the trail slowly will escape into the trees as the day gets hotter. You won't notice a huge change in elevation, but the trail can be a bit rocky, so wear good shoes.

This hike took us 1.5 hours - we didn’t stop other than to walk around the hotel ruins and we decided to go up and to the left before we got to the continental divide overlook. There is a little unmarked trail to the left that goes up to a large rock - you can climb on top and the views are amazing. It’s dangerous as there is a steep cliff, dropping straight down. Great weekend morning hike!

Beautiful & scenic. The view from the overlook was great.

This trail is great. I completed it in the winter which added its own set of challenges - traction is a must!

24 days ago

Good and strenuous hike. The 3/4 mile steep section was fun and tough up and down (recommend hiking poles). Enjoyed the shade during that section. Exactly two hours from tail head to peak (with several photo stops) and about 1:45 down. Nice 360 views from the peak.

Great trail. Quite a bit of an incline but nothing too terrible. Note that if you’re not from Boulder with a pass, you need to pay $5.00 for parking.

Great views, half shade and half open. Good hike close to Denver. Definitely a moderate difficulty. We hiked with 9, 12 and 15 year old and they did alright.

A fun trail with a great lookout area (continental divide). Relatively shady and covered for a lot of the trail.

Beautiful, well-maintained trail. Be sure to continue on to the Walker Ranch Loop (turn left at the sign) to spend some time at the falls - it’s a welcome rest stop before turning around. About 60% tree cover which is nice on warm summer days.

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