Eldorado Canyon

Eldorado Canyon, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colorado (9/10/2008)

This is part of Trip #24 ("Eldorado Canyon Trail") in the "Boulder Area: Plains & Foothills" section of the book Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder & Colorado's Front Range (First Edition).

This was the last of four hikes we did over two days in Colorado the week of September 7. Eldorado Canyon State Park is just outside of Boulder, about 40 minutes north of Denver. The park is popular with rock climbers, and we saw several far up and off in the distance. This hike, and the previous, were within view of a railroad cut high up into the mountain a long time ago, on Moffat Road. The railroad serves the Burlington Northern Sante Fe company as well as Amtrak. On this hike we saw a freight train pass by while we were below.

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The steep trail head

Beautiful colors on the rocks

Building nestled on the mountain

Boulders on the hill

[Photo by Laura]

Colorful rock lichen


Namaste to the mountain


Switchback after switchback


See the man in red on the fin?

There goes the freight train ...

... on the other mountain

Giant boulder

Boulder tomfoolery [photo by Laura]


Heading back to the car

Friendly lizard

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