This loop hike is one of my favorites for getting away from the crowds and enjoying big skies and big vistas. It is a 4 mile hike with the option to add on another 3 miles of the Big Bluestem trail if you wish. For the most part, this hike is completely exposed without shade. This makes it a great hike in winter and less so during the hottest parts of the summer.
The hike starts at a small trailhead just off of highway 93, about a half mile north of the funky awesome Eldorado Springs gas station (I recommend you stop in and get some refreshments here and support the local business). I typically start on the South Boulder Creek trail and return on the Big Bluestem, but either way is enjoyable. To start on the South Boulder Creek trail, head south from the parking lot. To start on Big Bluestem, exit the parking area on the north end and head west on the dirt road which will eventually lead to a gate onto the trail. Whichever way you choose to go, you will eventually hit the mesa trail which you will use to connect the two trails.
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