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    71 m
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    3.4 km
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    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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    Easy (Circle)
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    Barker Reservoir

    Panoramic views of Barker Reservoir snowshoe trail in Indian Peaks, Colorado

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    Barker Reservoir is nestled in the mountains at the end of Boulder Canyon. A winter hike or snowshoe takes you to views of a picturesque landscape with the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado in the background.

    Route Description for Barker Reservoir

    As you crest over the Barker Reservoir Dam, it is not hard to see why this short and easy winter hike makes the Top 10 list.

    The views of Barker Reservoir in the foreground with the town of Nederland, Eldora Mountain Resort and the Indian Peaks in the background is sure to have you reaching for your camera!

    This out-and-back trail follows along the north shore of the reservoir, heading towards the dam. It is easy to do and rarely requires snowshoes, unless there has been a recent dump of snow.

    If you’re new to snowshoeing, the trail along Barker Reservoir is a great one.

    Turn back and return the way you came.

    Insider Hints for Barker Reservoir

    Getting to the Barker Reservoir Trailhead

    From Boulder, Colorado, head up Boulder Canyon 119 towards Nederland (approximately 29.0 km). Crest over the Barker Reservoir Dam and take the first left onto East St. at the Post Office. Park at the large dirt parking lot at the shoreline.

    Route Information

    • When to do:

      Late November to Early April

    • Backcountry Campsites:

      No camping allowed

    • Toilets:

      Yes, primitive pit toilet

    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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