We already listed five spots to see fall foliage near Boulder, but since we’re in the thick of it now, here’s another list of seven places to see fall foliage in Colorado — have a great weekend of looking at leaves, by car or by bike!
East Portal Trailhead: From Rollinsville, take Rollins Pass Road (gravel) east for just over 8 miles to a parking area near the Moffat Tunnel. Heart Lake, Fugere’s favorite hike, is a 4.2-mile jaunt from here, but trails branch off to other alpine lakes and passes. “The gorge the train goes through has a wide variety of aspen, and it’s an area that hasn’t been hit as bad by the beetle blight,” she says.
West Magnolia trails: Mountain bikers can access these trails from CR 130 (the road to Eldora) or the Peak to Peak Highway; then choose your own adventure. “It’s a lot of little loops,” says Barrow. “You could ride for 20 minutes or two hours.” Maps are available at bma-mtb.org.
Switzerland Trail: To follow this old railroad grade in the foothills between Left Hand and Boulder canyons, park at the trailhead off on Sugarloaf Mountain Road, or ride or run up from Boulder Canyon via Fourmile Canyon Drive, then Wall Street (gravel). Thompson thinks that if you ride Fourmile Canyon to Wall Street, it’s the best dirt ride in town (cyclocross or mountain bike). Castro likes it for running too, citing its quick access from town.
Bobolink/South Boulder trails: The Bobolink Trailhead is on Baseline Road, just west of Cherryvale Road. For the first stretch of the trail south from here, cyclists have a different but parallel trail, but you’ll still see the cottonwoods lining the creek. Open Space and Mountain Parks has trail maps on its Web site, ci.boulder.co.us.
Castro says the 2.9-mile stretch from South Boulder Road to Marshall Road is popular with runners because it gives you a number of options, like exiting onto Marshall for road pick-ups. Read more