Boulder, CO: Eldorado Canyon Trail

No ropes required, but a camera is recommended, on this shady and scenic 5.6-mile out-and-back stroll into the heart of Eldorado Canyon climbing country.
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No ropes required, but a camera is recommended, on this shady and scenic 5.6-mile out-and-back stroll into the heart of Eldorado Canyon climbing country.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.5

Waypoints

ECT001

Location: 39.9307174682617, -105.294219970703

Trailhead starts @ short staircase E of visitor center; switchbacks climb sharply up mountain

ECT002

Location: 39.9337158203125, -105.29248046875

Straight @ Rincon Wall Trail

ECT003

Location: 39.9408988952637, -105.298034667969

Rocky knob overlooking valley is nice spot for early picnic or for dropping layers after climb; bear R

ECT004

Location: 39.9421844482422, -105.298332214355

Huge boulders in pine understory; try your hand at sending a route away from the crowds

ECT005

Location: 39.9423675537109, -105.302116394043

Trail bends S; look N to Devils Thumb and South Boulder Peak

ECT006

Location: 39.9433326721191, -105.308486938477

SE views to Eldorado Mountain; trail turns N down valley

ECT007

Location: 39.943416595459, -105.312217712402

Cross babbling creek; wildflower blooms in late spring

ECT008

Location: 39.9429321289062, -105.313835144043

City of Boulder Mountain Parks boundary

ECT009

Location: 39.942081451416, -105.315048217773

Turn L on Walker Ranch Trail; keep an eye out for cyclists on this popular mountain biking track

ECT010

Location: 39.9415512084961, -105.3154296875

Bridge @ S Boulder Creek; return to trailhead