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Boulder, CO: Anne U. White Trail

The rocky recess of Fourmile Canyon offers up one of Boulder’s less-traveled foothill trails. Canyon shade and a crisscrossing creek keep this 3.1-miler perfect for a summer afternoon.

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From the primitive gravel trailhead on Pinto Drive, the trail heads west along the base of Fourmile Canyon, skirting huge rocky outcroppings and meandering alongside a stream. The trail crosses the narrow waterway for the first time within a half-mile of the trailhead, but weaves back and forth across it more than a dozen times in all—watch your footing on the slick rock-hop crossings. Though the easy-to-follow path climbs a couple of small hills, there are only a few memorable climbs: a stair-stepping hill at mile 0.6 and a rocky scramble that leads to a root step at mile 1.3. Turn around at a small clearing marked by a sign, where the trail ends and private property lines begin.
Note: Though this hike is great for warm, summer days. It’s less ideal for winter hiking when cooler temperatures prevent snow and ice melt on the trail.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland

To Trailhead

From downtown Boulder, drive 3 miles north on Broadway St. and turn left onto Lee Hill Dr. In 1.1 miles, turn left onto Wagonwheel Gap Rd. and drive 1.1 miles. Turn left onto dirt at Pinto Dr. and proceed 150 yards to the trailhead.

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