Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

hiking
10 hours ago

Great hike, I would agree with another poster that it’s moreso easy rather than moderate. There were a few icy spots, but we were fine without our spikes. Beautiful views, well maintained trail—I would come back.

hiking
2 days ago

11/18/18
snowy and beautiful hike! glad we had micro spikes on our shoes. lots of times you're in the sun, but a lot of woods as well. we hiked it clockwise and we're happy with all the views, especially towards the end. I'd categorize this as an easier-moderate hike.

love this hike! have completed it a couple times. great to take out of towners who want to see our beautiful canyons, feel accomplished, but not terribly difficult. lots of areas to stop and enjoy the views. fun seeing the rock climbers throughout the canyon. interesting history with the hotel ruins.

Nice views and good elevation change, great mix of snow, slush, ice, mud and dirt.. definitely kept us on our toes!

Well that was hard!

hiking
5 days ago

I love this trail. I completed it last month before the snow. The nature and views are beautiful. I loved watching the train pass in the distance. I am a Colorado native so I never really feel inclined to go back to most trails but I will definitely hike this trail again. There is an $8 fee to get into Eldorado State Park, or $5 to park outside the park and walk in, but you can tell the state park puts the money to good use. This has to be one of the cleanest trails I’ve seen. There aren’t too many tactical areas. I went counter clockwise at the loop, so going down the incline back to the trailhead was rather rocky and steep. I almost fell at one point, but it was only for a short stretch.

There are rattlesnakes so be careful, but don't miss out! This is a great workout for people looking to improve beginner hiking skills. Lots of great views, really cool area for rock climbers, and a little history hidden on the trail.

I would have liked to pick up the pace to get a better workout in, but the trail was pretty crowded (granted, it was midday on a Saturday.) Overall it was a nice trail, great views at the top, and fun to watch climbers on the opposite rock face. My friends and I maintained regular conversation without much huffing and puffing and there were plenty of kids on the trail, so I’m not sure if deserves a “moderate” categorization, but it was a great outing for sure. Saw some cool birds, too!

hiking
10 days ago

first part of trail is great but then 2nd half is just a service road. saw a few deer and a hawk.

got there at 10 a.m. yesterday only a couple of cars in the lot. though there's not a lot of spaces. well maintained trail. nice steady incline for first couple of miles. the view at the top was beautiful! bring layers! started off needing 2 jackets a hat and gloves went down to just day clothes as we got going.

Hiked this my first day in Denver so getting used to the elevation was a little rough for me. But overall I thought it was a great hike! The overlook was incredibly beautiful and while the trail was a bit rocky in places, it was mostly flat and wide with a slight constant incline to the top. I am not an avid hiker and a bit out of shape so I thought it was the perfect combination of a challenge, scenery, and length.

Awesome little trail with a nice overlook. some snow was melting from a dusting earlier in the week, so the trail was a bit muddy, but otherwise good.

I had a few free hours in the afternoon and live about 30 minutes away from here, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Nice trail. Well maintained. Great scenery. Gentle elevation gain.

Certainly not one of Colorado's greatest hikes, but a good couple hour loop.

It can be a little crowded, and parking can be hard to come by.

Always love this trail. ..

WOW! This was a GREAT hike! Super impressed.

PROS: Bathroom - YES... very nice! Just down at a lower parking lot than the higher lots. But still nice, clean and accessible. There are pit toilets, but they are inside a nice room and have bathroom stalls.

TERRAIN: ROCKY, as previously mentioned by others. My dog (a Dachshund) could handle the terrain, but it was sharp and big rocks in alot of places. When you get to the Crags Hotel site, it smoothes out temporarily. But, it stays "craggly" for awhile.

FEATURES: The views were amazing! Continental Divide, general views of the mountains! One of the prettier hikes that I've been to in my years of hiking for sure! The Crags Hotel was AWESOME to see the ruins... it had a fireplace, it had the fountain and some of the hotel foundation. Super cool! I love history, so it was an amazing thing to see. The railroad tracks and tunnel was also awesome to see too. The train came within minutes of us leaving the area.

BOTTOM LINE: Great bathrooms, steep hike up (def moderate or slightly higher) Wear layers! The weather changed alot up on the way up the hill... keep a lookout for snakes, although I didn't see any.
DEFINITELY get there early to get a parking space (we got there at 8:30am) and it was great!

Beautiful views

hiking
25 days ago

This was a good hike. Pretty steep right from the get go. We took a lot of breaks. Good views along the way. Not overly crowded on the trail, but parking was pretty hard to come by on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Coming back up from the river was the hardest part for me. All in all, 4 hours well spent.

trail running
25 days ago

This is a great short run. The roaring creek at the bottom added to the experience. The switchbacks are long and climb ever so higher for the first 1.75 miles. The views are stunning. I arrived at 8:30am and only met 3 hikers going up and another 3 or 4 on my way back down. There were lots of rock climbers preparing for their climb as I left the park. Knocked this one out in 53 minutes.

hiking
28 days ago

This was my first hike after moving from the midwest. It was a nice trail, took the dog with us, got my heart rate going right off the bat and we took it nice and slow. Probably not the best first hike for someone who hasn't hiked much, we didn't make it all the way to the end, but we will next time!

Had an awesome hike on this trail. Got to interact with the livestock that shares the land. Lots of bikers, joggers, and dogs. Had a late hike, started at 3:00 to no surprise there was no parking so definitely recommend hitting this trail early. Also if you take your dogs note that the only trash can is at the entrance so you will have to leave your goody bag somewhere & retrieve it on your way back. Really loved this trail will definitely be hiking it again. Bring lots of water!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view!

1 month ago

Best views of the Canyon. would reccomend

Took Jacob and Garrett. Beautiful views!

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!

easy and beautiful

Would do this again.

hiking
1 month 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?

1 month 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.

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