Winter Hike in Eldorado Canyon State Park

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On a cold Saturday morning, we met up with one of our favorite couples to check out a fun winter hike in Eldorado Canyon State Park. The park is right outside of Boulder and is a climbing mecca in the summer. But it is much less busy in the winter. So, we were excited to have the trails almost all to ourselves!

Eldorado Canyon

Hike Overview

We parked at the entrance for Fowler Trail and walked along this easy path for a few miles, through red rock formations and among gorgeous views. The first half mile to “The Bastille” is really easy and, in the summer, this is supposed to be a great area to watch climbers.
Eldorado Canyon

Eldorado CanyonWe had originally planned for a short hike. But we decided to continue on instead. So we did a loop using the Spring Brook and Goshawk Ridge Trails. It was a little under 4 miles round trip.Eldorado Canyon

Eldorado Canyon

Eldorado Canyon

This made for a beautiful hike through snowy forests and rocky fields. The somewhat steep downhill hike was a bit of a challenge in certain areas. But the snowshoes helped a lot! I’d definitely at least have spikes for this trail, since it can get slippery.Eldorado Canyon

Eldorado Canyon

Getting to watch the snow glisten as it fell from the trees and the flatirons light up when the sun hit them was stunning! Even though we got a little turned around a few times (the trail was hard to make out in the snow), we all had a blast!

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Brooke travels full-time with her husband Buddy while working as a freelance writer and editor. In addition to writing content for to pair with Buddy's great photos and videos, she also contributes to other blogs and publications. When not traveling, hiking or writing, most of her time is spent working as the Editor of Winnebago's lifestyle blog,, where she gets the privilege of working with a very talented group of contributors. Brooke and Buddy also house/pet sit while traveling as a way to spend time with animals and really get to know a new area.


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