Thursday, November 7, 2013
Eldorado Mountain Trailhead > Spring Brook > Goshawk Ridge > Fowler Trails
City of Boulder Mountain Park and Open Space
Date Hiked: Nov. 7, 2013
Distance: 4.11 mi (Round Trip)
Elevation Gain: 775 ft
Directions: This trail description begins at the Eldorado Mountain Trailhead. From Denver/Boulder take Hwy 93 and head west on Eldorado Springs Drive. Pass the Doudy Draw Trailhead and make the next left (look for the Ashram sign). Drive up the paved/dirt road to the gate closure. There is very limited parking on the east side of the road.
City of Boulder Map of the Doudy Draw Area
Map of the Goshawk Ridge Trail (Google Maps)
Hike up the dirt road to the junction with the Spring Brook trail. Go left on the Spring Brook trail until you hit the irrigation ditch, look for a bridge crossing and the start of Goshawk Ridge Trail. The trail enters a pine forest and soon offers fantastic views of Eldorado Mountain, Eldorado Canyon, and Shirttail Peak. This one of the best views in the Boulder mountains and a great view down into Eldorado Springs and the start to Eldorado Canyon. Follow the trail to the Fowler trail and stay straight. You can make a left and take the Fowler trail into Eldorado Canyon State Park. Going just past the state park boundary gives you an amazing view of the cliffs of Eldorado Canyon, truly spectacular. Follow the Fowler trail through a rock cut and hook up again with the Spring Brook Trail back to the Trailhead.
This is one of my favorite south-of-Boulder trails and makes for a wonderful quick hike with great views and few crowds.