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

The trail is nice, but be prepared for some slushy, muddy parts. It is very easy and absolutely gorgeous!

Started early about 8am. Trail was very muddy in sections but was frozen on the hike up from cold overnight temps, but was starting to thaw on the hike down. By mid-day will be very messy. Several sections of ice but we did not put on our spikes as the sections were not too long or steep. Freeze-thaw conditions in sections, but dirt and clear trails for most of the hike.

NEW Black Bear Trail is nice!
Go short, Rollin strollin hill hike up to ridge with awesome panorama views of Denver & foothills aka hogbacks. Fall &Winter nice: more sun, less snakes.10/27/18.R&L.3.5hr

Go long, frm HildeBrand parking lot, hike foothills to Black Bear Trail to upper Black Bear Tr in Deer Creek Canyon and loop back down or drop to Dear Creek parking lot.

Nice, easy trail that has amazing views of rock formations. It would be a great trail for snow shoeing this winter.

This was a beautiful and scenic hike. It was EASY and great to bring kids for a “hike”, more of a walk for adults. This trail reminds me a lot of “Garden of the Gods”. Lots and lots of beautiful rock formations. There were many easy trails to venture out and do as well.

Beautiful views and well maintained dirt path. We hiked today but this would also be a great mountain bike ride. Bonus, bathrooms available at the trailhead and they were super clean. 320 ft climb made this an enjoyable workout.

A great hike closer to the city.

walking
25 days ago

Nice peaceful place for an easy stroll. Beautiful rocks, shame there is no climbing - they’re still nice to look at. Lots of people there taking professional photos for the gorgeous backdrop.

Fantastic trail for a quick hike that (including travel time to get there and get home) will only take a few hours from Denver metro. Brought our almost 4-year-old and 3-month-old with us and they did very well being carried, though it was a bit long for carrying. Recommend strollers if the very young kids can't make the distance. We went counter-clockwise on the loop, and I thought that was perfect. Walked through the valley first, got to see the overlook second and towards the end of the trail, so it was very rewarding.

hiking
28 days ago

Harder trail than you'd think! (A few 14ers are not this challenging.) If you're hiking in summer, watch for rattlesnakes. Bring plenty of water- there's lots of sun on this one.

Thanks to Beau for building/improving much of this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Really unique rock formations. Coyote song is an easy trail, some inclines but nothing crazy. If you take the Lyons Back trail towards columbine trail it gets pretty steep. You can also go off path a lil and climb up to the ridge. Views were awesome, would not recommend the ridge climb to kids or anyone unsure of physical ability. Def go again, quick drive from Denver.

This trail is definitely wrowherengly marked as a moderate trail – it’s super easy. The trail doesn’t actually go up any kind of steep incline until the very last part of the hike (I went clockwise on the trail) and even then I would say it’s nominal. It’s wise w packed down dirt – there are no boulders to come over or loose gravel to contend with and very few actual steps.. There is almost no shade so I would recommend bringing water and sunscreen and I would definitely advise against doing this trail in the height of summer when the day is at it’s hottest.. A portion of the trail runs next to heavily traversed Road where cars are coming at a high rate of speed, so keep that in mind if you were walking a least dog. I’m glad I did it, but it wasn’t much of a work out. I likely won’t be back.

Beautiful trails. One of my favorite place in Littleton.

We took the alternate route and met up w/ CT, Seg 1 @ Lenny’s rest. Stryker (my pup) and I spent the day on this trail. Beautiful aspens in the beginning feeding into quite a bit of elevation and some beautiful views. Lots of great camp sites.

This was a hidden gem that I should probably write a bad review so no more people decide to visit! Really lovely hike and close by. Every turn was another breath taking view. This will become one of our regular hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

This was one of my favorite trails. It’s close to town and has a little of everything from, wide open trails, red rock formations, foothill/mountain view’s, full city views, forest covered trail, trees with leaves changing covered trail, small overgrown trail, and a good workout...it has it all. Like others said, don’t be fooled by the strenuous sign it’s accurately a “moderate” trail. Went on a cooler Saturday so didn’t see too many other hikers but suspect it’s much busier on a better weather day. I lucked into a mostly quiet and peaceful hike though. $7 to get into the park or free with your CO parks pass. Plenty of parking and nice to have indoor plumbing bathrooms at the visitor center trailhead. I will definitely be doing this hike again sometime.

Nice quick hike. There was a large amount of bear scat on the trail, so make noise and be safe.

Beautiful views but little no tree coverage for half of the trail so wear a hat and sunblock!

Did this in Early August and whew it was hot!!! Pretty amazing all the different types of environment you see here, from rocky hill with scrub bushes, to sudden forrest, down to dusty feeling grassy plains. In peoples backyards. If you’re going to do the short loop, bear in mind 1) bears 2) there isn’t a lot of shade 3) if you want more elevation up and then a smoother down, start out on the North side and go counterclockwise!!!

Had to cut this hike short due to bears. There’s a sign at the trailhead about recent bear activity but there were a number of people on the trail so I started the hike. After passing several people warning of the bear spotted that morning, I looped over to meadowlark trail and called it a day. May want to wait on this hike for a while. (Bear was spotted morning of 9/26)

Overall an easy yet very lovely hike. I started from the visitor center trailhead and took a left at the fork for the willow creek trail, and completed the South Rim clockwise, which allows for better views in front of you as you hike back north. Trail is in great condition and fall leaves are starting to turn. Fair amount of bear scat around, so do keep your eyes pealed!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail extends way beyond what the map shows and there are tons of choices for paths to take. It’s gorgeous all year round, and it’s right next to the city for easy access. It’s a great way to feel like you’re deep in nature without a long drive OR intense inclines. Mostly flat.

Nice and relatively easy, with great views and dog accessible.

Completed this while I did Meadowlark Plymouth Creek and Plymouth Mountain Trail Loop.

beautiful trail. i came accross a mother dear and her fawn, heard the mice/critters in the bushes most of the way up and even heard elk in the distance at the top. wonderful trail. this park really enforces the leave no trace guidelines and it shows.
also, the signs say it is strenuous, but if you are comfortable with hiking its fine, if you hike often its a breeze. i didn't see any snakes.

trail running
2 months ago

Great little beginner-intermediate trail running or hiking. The views from the top are pretty good for being so close to the city and the red rock formations are really cool too. Definitely a busy-ish trail — I ran into about 20 people on a Monday afternoon. Overall a nice little hike for after work or if you’re trying to stay within an hour of Denver. Note that the park opens at 8am and closes at 7pm. Four stars from me because you have to pay $7 to get into the park.

Short. Easy. Some good pics. Not a real challenge.

Like many of the other reviewers, I underestimated the difficulty. The good news is I downloaded the tracks so I had them available. Scrub oak was everywhere and I’ve got lots of scrapes but it was worth it. Beautiful views, several lizards and two prairie rattlesnakes were my reward.

Note to self: get better boots

No goats ... no sheep.

Beautiful trail with several changes in terrain and scenery. Rated as moderate, but my six year old made the loop just fine. We’re definitely adding this to our list of regulars.

2 months ago

Fun hike, great view at top.

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