Sunday, May 4, 2014
FS Trail #606 = Reynolds Ranch?
Forest Service Trail #606
Reynolds Ranch Open Space, Boulder County Open Space
Dated Hiked: May 4
Distance: 1.5 mi (RT) explored, there was much more trail to be followed...
Elevation Gain: 252ft
Elevation Min/Max: 8,543 to 8,712ft
Trailhead Lat/Long: 39 57' 12'' N; 105 28' 30'' W
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service/Boulder County Open Space
FS 606 Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: This trail is located on Magnolia Road west of Boulder. From Boulder, take 119 west and make a left (south) on Magnolia Road. Follow the road for about 10 miles. At a turn in the road you'll see a turnoff for parking, a forest service trail marker, and the trail itself off to the right.
As I was exploring Magnolia Road, 'cause I've never been there and it seemed cool, I stumbled upon this trail. It is marked as Forest Service Trail 606, closed to motor vehicles but open to all other recreational uses, so I explored it for a little bit. Turns out that .3 miles up the trail, there is an amazing view of James Peak, Eldora Ski Area, the Indian Peaks, and even Longs Peak! I traveled a little further but turned around about .75 mi in, as I was running out of time. Just about when I turned around I found a small sign for Reynolds Ranch Open Space.
When I got home I looked it up and it seems that Boulder County owns Reynolds Ranch, but they have not yet developed it as an open space park. While there are no facilities, there are good, well worn trails. When I have more time I'll go back and explore properly, from the map it looks like there may be an overlook for Barker Reservoir in Nederland. My curiosity is peaked...