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

Barker Reservoir Snowshoe Trail

Indian Peaks Wilderness
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Barker Reservoir Snowshoe Trail

Distance: 2.1mi
Elevation: 233ft
Time: <1h

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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.

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Getting there

From Boulder, Colorado, head up Boulder Canyon 119 towards Nederland (approximately 18.0mi). 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.

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When to do

Late November to Early April

Backcountry Campsites

No camping allowed

Toilets

Yes, primitive pit toilet

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Good

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


Barker Reservoir
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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.

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marysmith 10 months ago

We visited this place a few years back, and I must say that it one of the most underrated trails in this park. It was the perfect winter wonderland for those who enjoy solitude.

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