Friday, November 18, 2011
Eldorado Mountain TH > Fowler Trail, City of Boulder
Eldorado Mountain Trailhead to Fowler Trail
City of Boulder/CO State Parks
Date Hiked: Nov. 18, 2011
Distance: 2.6 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 400ft
Elevation Start: 5,685ft
Managing Agency: City of Boulder OSMP/CO State Parks
Eldorado Mountain Trailhead Map (Boulder)
Directions: The Eldorado Mountain Trailhead is off of a short dirt road extending south from Eldorado Springs Drive. From Boulder/Denver take Hwy 93 to Eldorado Springs Drive and head west on Eldorado Springs Drive, just before you enter the town of Eldorado Springs, look for the dirt road on the left heading up-hill, the trailhead is at the end of the road. On the map linked to above the trailhead is marked by an "A" just before Eldorado Springs.
The Eldorado Mountain Trailhead is a great, lesser known way to access the Flatirons Vista/Doudy Draw Area as well as Eldorado Canyon State Park (no need to pay the park fee this way!). From the Trailhead, Follow the Fowler Trail for .6 miles to a trail junction. Turn right and continue uphill on the Fowler Trail around the north slope of the mountain and through a cut in the rock. From here there are amazing views of Shirttail Peak and S. Boulder Peak towering above Eldorado Springs. Continue on this trail for .5 miles and turn right towards Eldorado Canyon State Park. After .2 miles you enter the park and cross through another cut in the rock. At this point you are on the State Park's Fowler Trail and looking up at Shirttail Peak in all its glory. This is an amazing spot so be sure you soak it all in before heading back. You can also explore further into Eldorado Canyon State Park from this access point.