Boulder Creek Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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2h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
18.4 km
Elevation
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77 m
User Ratings
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Overall Rating
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10.0
Physical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Technical Difficulty
This is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panorama on Boulder Creek Trail road biking route in Boulder, Colorado

Boulder has a vast network of wonderful bike paths throughout the entire town. Boulder Creek Trail is the most scenic and continuous of all the Boulder bike paths.

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Route Description for Boulder Creek Trail

Boulder has great bike paths, and Boulder Creek Trail is our favourite. Begin this bike ride at the beautiful Eben G. Fine Park, cycling out on the trail east, away from the mountains. The bike path will follow alongside Boulder Creek as it makes its way back towards downtown Boulder.

Ride through Central Park, crossing over a bridge as the path heads in a southeast direction towards Colorado University campus. The path eventually departs from Boulder Creek at Arapahoe Ave. This marks the turnaround point. Ride back the way you came.

Insider Hints for Boulder Creek Trail

  • There are many alternative routes that branch off from the Boulder Creek Trail. Take them all as a great way to explore all that Boulder has to offer!
  • From Eben G. Fine Park, if you take Boulder Creek Trail west into Boulder Canyon, the trail turns to gravel and rides up Boulder Canyon for 6.4 km!

Getting to the Boulder Creek Trail Trailhead

From Boulder, take Canyon Dr. west towards the mountains. Turn south onto 6th St., followed by a quick left hand turn onto Arapahoe Ave. Parking is at the Eben G. Fine Park.

Route Information

  • Type of Ride

    Single-day

  • Re-supply points

    Seeds Library Café, Fate Brewing Company

  • When to do

    Year round

  • Toilets

    Eben G. Fine Park, Scott Carpenter Park, Valmont Bike Park

  • Level of Car Traffic

    High

  • Road Type

    Bike only

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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