This Saturday I really felt like hiking. The weather had been spring-like all week and I really caught the hiking bug. I didn't feel like skiing, didn't want to snowshoe and I didn't want to deal with rain, snow, or muddy trails...I know...good luck in March...
The rain/snow was predicted to start around 2:00PM in Denver and Boulder, and due to a restless night with our 4 month old, I got a late start. It worked out perfectly however, as I was able to stay ahead of the weather and get 2 short hikes in.
There was some blue sky north of Boulder so that's where I was heading. Once I got to North Boulder I remembered seeing an interesting trail heading up the Lee Hill Rd Canyon last year, so I went to check it out. Turns out is was Old Kiln Trail, starting at the Four Mile Creek Trailhead. I explored and it turned into a nice short hike up to a good viewpoint and most importantly, dry trail and no rain. By the end of the hike the sky had really cleared up in northern Boulder County so I continued north and wound up at Rabbit Mountain Open Space, stay tuned for that post...
Old Kiln Trail, Four Mile Creek TH
City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks
Date Hiked: March 15, 2014
Distance: 2 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 419 ft
Trail Map for Four Mile Creek Trailhead (City of Boulder)
Old Kiln Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: The Four Mile Creek Trailhead is located on Lee Hill Rd. Coming from Boulder/Denver take either Hwy 36 or Highway 93 north, turn west on Lee Hill Road and the trailhead is a few blocks west on the left.
From the parking lot you start on the Foothills Trail, cross a creek, and make a right at the trail junction with the Old Kiln Trail. This area was hit heavily by last years massive flooding. The trail was washed out and has been rebuilt along the creek. Follow cairns when the trail gets difficult to spot. After following the creek for a little, the trail starts switchbacking and ascending onto the north slope of the hill. Follow this slope till you reach a nice view of the Lee Hill Road Canyon area and a gate marking the end of City of Boulder OSMP property. From here turn around but this time make a right and complete the lower loop. There are nice views here looking north to Green Mountain. Overall a very pleasant, short hike, with decent elevation gain, for the distance.