Trailhead: End of the Road (see directions below; please note that this is only a viable trip option during the winter)
Activities: Snowshoeing, Skiing
Closest City / Town: Nederland, Colorado
- From the Peak-to-Peak Highway (Highway 119/72), turn west on County Road 130, located just south of Nederland town center, and follow signs for Eldora and Eldora Ski Resort.
- At the fork in the road, keep right, through the town of Eldora.
- You will eventually dead end into a snow embankment; this is the trailhead. (During the summer and early fall, you can continue beyond the embankment to the Hessie Trailhead & Fourth of July Trailhead)
Hiking Distance: Approximately 10 miles (roundtrip).
Description: This is the perfect adventure for folks looking for a gentle snowshoeing or cross country ski trip. You will be on established roads the entire time. Nonetheless, the excursion offers a decent backcountry experience — especially on the weekdays when few people are cruising through the area.
The hike kicks-off by following the Fourth of July Road for just under one mile until reaching a fork. If you decide to head left, you will end up at the Hessie Trailhead. Instead, take a right towards the Fourth of July Trailhead. The road parallels the winding North Fork of the Middle Boulder Creek all of the way up to trailhead. Along the way you are certain to encounter numerous private inholdings. Respect the property of others, while enjoying the crisp, often blustery, winter air.
Worth Noting: Visiting this area in the winter offers a serene experience that is sometimes difficult to obtain during the summer due to swarming summer crowds.