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Awesome hike great views along the way and is challenging hike. Steady elevation to the top. Reward on the way down,plus you can view the Continental divide view! Highly recommended this one!

We got lost several times on other side trails and had to turn around and walk back so make sure you pay attention to the route and signs. Other than that, a beautiful hike. We did encounter several piles of fresh bear sh**. So be cautious. :)

easy and beautiful

Would do this again.

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11 days ago

Nice trail - moderately difficult. A lot of small rocks, so be sure to wear good shoes. Conditions today were very foggy so couldn't see the continental divide. The switchbacks were nice because you could see where you started from with each level. One section that wasn't very well marked was around the wooden bridge. Be sure to take the bridge and don't go towards the left which puts you under some metal bunker looking object and then into a very rocky section.

No rattlesnakes seen today, was probably way too cold / no sun for them.

Great but strenuous hike! We took Homestead trail, which is a small offshoot to the left as you’re heading in, to Shadow Canyon. We enjoyed Homestead because it’s less trafficked and smaller than Mesa trail, which is sort of like walking on a rocky road, but you can take either to get to Shadow Canyon. Shadow Canyon gets to be quite difficult, but is well worth it when you reach the top. Excellent views into the mountains and of Boulder. It took us 3 hours to reach the summit with a few short breaks, and 2:20 to get back to the parking lot. We were worked but satisfied!

We went up Mesa trail to Shadow Canyon to South Boulder Peak trail. We somehow missed Towhee trail and couldn't find Homestead so we took Mesa. That added mileage. The trails are beautiful, especially in the fall. You climb in ernest on Shadow Canyon trail. It's definitely hard but not the hardest I've hiked! You are scrambling at some parts of the trail but mostly just large steps/lunges. Overall great hike! Parking is $5. Get there early for a spot, like 11am?

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19 days ago

Got it done a log with Eldorado Canyon Trail of 6.2 miles in September 2017.

19 days ago

Great hike for my 4 young kiddos with someone along to help. For a good section of the trail- there is quite the drop off on one side. Makes for a few heart palpitations when the kids got too close. They loved watching all the rock climbers across the way.

22 days ago

great hike..nice views and good for us from Florida...

22 days ago

great hike..nice views and good for us from Florida...

Fun hike, lots of people though.

22 days ago

great hike..nice views and good for us from Florida...

22 days ago

great hike..nice views and good for us from Florida...

A frequent favorite! Nice incline, good workout! beautiful high meadows, forest paths, a bridge over a creek. We’ve seen wildlife (moose, bear, rattle snakes, other snakes, squirrels). Raspberry bushes next to the little creek you cross.

Love it! You can see the mountain climbers most days. Feels like you are miles away from civilization. It is a busy trail but we often go after work and frequently don’t see many hikers. There are rattle snakes and wildlife. I’ve seen bear, deer, moose and snakes several times.

28 days ago

Easy hike. Terrific overlooks. The feel of this Canyon is impressive. Weekends are packed. Arrive early or go during the week.

Excellent fall hike. Actually, it’s great anytime. Enough elevation gain to feel like you got a little workout. Pretty views back toward the divide. The hotel ruins and railroad are interesting as well.

on Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

1 month ago

Awesome park

Nice hike not hard at all. Nice view

1 month ago

this is a gorgeous hike. take in all three flowers and views.

Beautiful scenery the whole way. Nice steady uphill climb. Moderate. One of my favorites!

Trail was in decent shape. lots of smaller rocks on the trail which makes running fast more difficult. Not to busy during the week. not much shade so make sure you bring lots of water.

Fun hike! We did a hard 8 miles in the sun and shade. Dogs loved the stream!

It's a beautiful hike, but like others have said, it was definitely strenuous. The payoff when you get to the peak is definitely worth it! Don't get discouraged!

Amazing views for being 20 min from Westminster. Even saw a rattler!

Awesome views from overlook, highly recommend this hike. It's pretty much uphill the whole way, but the view is worth it.

Love the view. Shaded hike for the most part, until the last maybe ten minutes or so. Beautiful views of all the smog

Amazing hike for such low elevation and so close to home. Went with buddy and three dogs. Enough vertical gain to get the heart rate up without being too strenuous. Beautiful views to the southwest toward Indian Peaks/Continental Divide. Hope to go back another time and add Walker Ranch. Be sure to bring $8 cash if you're going at a time when a ranger might not be there to swipe your credit card.

Love the trail! I would go back there again

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