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    Walden Ponds Hike

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    Very Easy
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    2.3 km
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    3 m
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    The Walden Ponds Hike is a charming nature walk near Boulder’s city centre that is accessible to hikers of almost all skill levels and abilities. Wheelchair and stroller-friendly, this short and sweet nature walk is ideal for a lunch break nature escape and presents the perfect excuse to get the whole gang into the fresh air!

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    Route Description for Walden Ponds Hike

    Immerse yourself in nature and keep an eye out for ducks, geese, and herons as you walk along the banks of the ponds. The Walden Ponds Hike is an awesome urban nature walk that exhibits sights of the mountainous landscape that lines the horizon and the Boulder cityscape in the foreground. Located near the water treatment centre, there are dozens of ponds in the area, so feel free to explore. Note that pups are permitted along the gravel trail, but not along the boardwalks. If you have your dogs with you, no worries, you can modify your hike using one of the other routes in the network of trails that litter the area.

    Embark on your journey along the Walden Ponds Hike from the trailhead and parking lot. From here, track west along the Walden Ponds Trail. The initial segment of the hike will guide adventurers past the Sawhill Ponds in the south. Follow this path until you encounter an intersection. Here, keep left along the Walden Ponds Trail to hike clockwise. As you walk you will be surrounded by glittering water on either side. In the north, notice the Walden Ponds and, in the west, enjoy sights of the rolling foothills. Soon the path will divert you north, away from the Sawhill Ponds.

    Continue hiking the route as it curves east along the ponds and past the water treatment centre. Eventually, the trail will deliver you back to the first intersection. At this point, turn left and retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Walden Ponds Hike Trailhead

    The Walden Ponds Hike is accessed via the trailhead and parking lot off N 75th Street.

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