|Park/Forest||Eldorado Canyon State Park|
|Distance Roundtrip||4.0 Miles|
|Elevation Start||6000 ft|
|Elevation Gain||≈ 1200 ft|
|Dogs Allowed?||Yes, on leash|
Eldorado Canyon State Park is a great park just outside of Boulder. As the name suggests, it consists mostly of a canyon, with South Boulder Creek running through it. It is a popular destination for climbers but there are also good hiking trails.
The Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is a nice trail that has great views of the rock formations, the plains and the creek below. To access the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail you have to hike a short section of the Fowler Trail. The short part of the Fowler Trail, the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail and the spur trail to the Continental Divide Overlook combine for about a 4 mile roundtrip hike. From the parking area the trail climbs about 600 ft to the the ruins of the old Crags Hotel, next to where the loop part of the hike starts. On the loop section there are great views as you climb another 600 ft. On the loop there is also a short spur trail to Continental Divide Overlook with nice views of the Continental Divide.
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About 9 miles south of downtown Boulder off Eldorado Springs Dr