It sure felt like more than a mile each way but it wasn’t difficult. One of the most popular hikes is a two-mile trek up the Forsyth Canyon Trail as it follows a stream to a small waterfall. Click here for directions. And it is. From the Forsythe Canyon Trailhead, walk downhill from the parking area. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Since completion in 1954, the reservoir has become a popular destination for fishers, hikers kayakers and campers living in and around Boulder. Hiked this trail today on 4/10/14. I did this hike last weekend (9/5/15) on a beautiful Saturday that was 80 degrees and sunny. The small creek runs noisily in spring, forming small, … I was worried we had gone too far at that point. We plan on returning without all the idiocy the next time we make it to Boulder. 4WD is recommended. We will go back to try another time! Drive Time: From Fort Collins, it took approx. Looking for a trail that will provide some shade on a hot Colorado day? The trail down the valley was gorgeous and quiet… you pretty much follow a good sized brook/stream all the way down to the reservoir. This hiking trail has shade, plus a waterfall, a stream, a canyon, and lake. The col… Lots of shade on most of the walk. Definitely go all the way to the lake if you can, it’s worth it. Forsythe Canyon Creek Falls near Boulder, Colorado. Since at least 3 groups of us missed it today, watch for it carefully. Forsythe Canyon Trail leads off of a rocky point, following Forsythe Creek down its wooded, rocky canyon. Definitely an ‘easy’ hike (we’re beginners and still felt it was easy), but it was relaxing and the lake at the end was certainly worth the 45 mins it took to get out there. Don’t plan on having cell reception either. Follow the trail (uphill to the left) a little farther and you'll find Gross Reservoir. Trails in Gross Reservoir - 3. The trail will be on the left side just before the vehicle gate. We tried to tough it and find the hiking path through the forest, but it was impossible. I think it’s going to depend on the age of the kids, and how many adults you have with you on the hike to watch out for them. 2 hours, see link below to get driving directions and make sure you … August 15, 2020 Watch Queue Queue Wish we had a little better trail to explore more at the reservoir. In fact, of the hikes we have profiled, this trail may provide more shade than any trail near Denver. Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir. Great trail with fall leaves mostly on the ground making a beautiful yellow blanket on the ground. Most of the trail is easy, and family friendly. The hike itself is relatively flat, and only has a few slightly technical areas of rocks. Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301 Explore this hike near Boulder, Colorado and get driving directions, map, and tips in our full trail profile. If I would have known about the cliff area part of the trail I probably would have looked for an easier trail for my kids. 1.2 mi 2.0 km #1 Forsythe Canyon Trail. The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. But it’s the cozy and intimate forested canyon … Don’t stop at the falls! It may be appropriate for kids. Boulder Falls is still closed. This was my first time using this website and this hike was perfect. Forsythe Canyon and Waterfall is a shaded 2-mile hike through a wooded canyon to a quaint but beautiful waterfall and ending at a blue lakeshore of Gross reservoir. The hike ends at Gross Reservoir, which is one of the rare places in Boulder County where you can camp overnight. Looking for a trail that will provide some shade on a hot Colorado day? It’s hard to beat. TIP: The red rock calls to be climbed, but climbing is prohibited in this park. The short hike through nearby Forsythe Canyon appeals … Some delay due to construction on 119. The water is clear and not so cold in the summer. Trail Description: Forsythe Canyon Trail is a non-motorized hiking trail near Gross Reservoir. It had beautiful views and we were the only ones there. Bring toilet paper for the bathroom and hand sanitizer/huggies. Directions got me exactly to the parking lot from the site without a problem. Eventbrite - Embracing the Uncertain presents Embrace Your Vision - 2020 Reflection Hike - Colorado Edition - Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Forsythe Canyon, Nederland,, CO. Find event and ticket information. It serves as a combination storage and regulating facility for water that flows under the Continental Divide through the Moffat Tunnel. It is very easy for a dog to get his foot or leg injured or broken going through these areas. Don’t swim in the reservoir! We are visiting from out of state and I am wondering if someone can tell me if this hike will be accessible with our rental car. Get the Hiking Guide and our Trail Dispatch for hiking tips and new trails. #hiking #waterfalls A post shared by Chad Chandler (@chad.chandler) on Jul 7, 2019 at 1:39pm PDT After taking in the waterfall, you can continue along the trail to a view of the reservoir. Because Gross Reservoir is part of Denver Water’s water supply, that it is very deep and cold, swimming is prohibited. With the water levels being so low, and a large tree blocking the shot, I couldn’t get a good photo of the falls. Any advise or insight would be greatly appreciated. Check out our full hiking trail profile for details and be sure to read the directions to this trailhead carefully. The trail was busy despite COVID. We also found out (by the ticket on our car) that it’s currently closed despite there being no signage at the trailhead. I know some of the roads can be challenging and require a four wheel drive vehicle. Google and Harold Sears say to turn left on Magnolia Dr – it is Magnolia Road – and says “Steep Mountain Road” as a warning. The trailhead lies on Forest Road 359, a dirt track with about 6 miles of steep, bumpy driving. Photo: Denverjeffrey , CC BY 3.0 . I had skimmed over it the night before and then, when we reached that point, it suddenly came to mind. Forsythe Falls + Gross Reservoir | Boulder . It is NOT well marked. the part we weren’t prepared for was the drive out. Although a vast majority of this trail is easy, the last bit near the waterfall is more mo We hiked this with our 11-, 8-, and 3-yo kids today – Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. most of the trail-side stream was dry or at best a small trickle. Me and two of my friends were going to go down this trail today. Although a vast majority of this trail is easy, the last bit near the waterfall is more moderate as you scramble rocks. The hike was still beautiful, gorgeous in fact, but it was definitely more than we bargained for at around 2.5 miles. Though it’s probably 25′ high, the waterfall is not what I’d call spectacular. Like many other Colorado waterfalls, if you want to see the waterfall at its humble best, come in the late spring and early summer. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The correct route bears to the left of a cedar tree, will lead you up further above and away from the falls, then back down into the canyon floor. What a treat. A 2.5 mile there and back which follows a stream from the trailhead to the west end of Gross Reservoir. Take a second to make sure you are on the hiking trail head. Directions were to the trailhead were right on, and the trail itself was very lightly populated (despite the perfect weather and season), varied terrain, beautiful views. It was great that people respected the trail and did not litter. While it can be done with either, there would be some pretty challenging sections with lots of loose rocks and poor footing. We arrived at the parking area today about the same time as 2 other groups. Intermediate. Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir is a 4.8 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. the drive down was another matter, 5+ miles of steep 14+ percent down grade was more than we bargained for. Leaves are changing, so it’s pretty. And he checked everyone’s fishing license, so be sure to have one if you’re fishing. You can go fishing, hiking, camping, paddling and picnicking here; take out a boat, too, but no motors allowed. Little thick forrest but loved the shade. South Valley Park Trail Map: Trail Map Link It is near the parking area on the right of the left of the road before the road gate. Perfect weather today, but tough! Coal Creek, CO 22 1.3 mi 2.0 km #2 … The Forsythe Canyon Trail follows a creek (lined with various small but stunning waterfalls, especially active in the springtime during snow runoff) into a rocky canyon. Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. If you’re looking for a shady hike with very few other people, this is it! Thought I’d leave the coordinates to the trailhead here for anyone using GPS. It was BEAUTIFUL… and very few people. Pretty hike the whole way with the sound of the water all the way down the trail. 1.2 mi 2.0 km #1 Forsythe Canyon Trail. I’ll have to go back when it’s warm enough to camp. My husband and I are on our way to this hike today. Forsythe Canyon is always a popular place to view fall colors. 8 and 10 year old did it fine. Only advice is to not miss the parking lot, we were following directions on iPhone and drove past it initially. This hiking trail has shade, plus a waterfall, a stream, a canyon, and lake. yes it was a steep climb up to the trail-head from Boulder Canyon road but our Tacoma made it up without complaint. we found the reservoir a little anticlimactic but we could see where it would be better when the water was up where it normally was. The best way to reach Forsythe Canyon Trailhead from Boulder is up Magnolia Road, about a 45-minute drive. This was an amazing hike! Forsythe Canyon is a nice easy to moderate hike through pine and aspen forest leading down to the rocky shores of Gross Reservoir. Photo by Cassie Krenzke. This was a great hike. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. A peaceful, sunny, comfortable light breeze kind of day in early August. The trek to the reservoir after the falls was challenging with my twin 7 yr old boys but we’ll worth the climb. The Forsythe Canyon Trail is a pleasant hike for humans and their pooches, even for children! I would also agree with some posters that this may not be the easiest trail for small kids and dogs. Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir, © Copyright 2010-2020 Dayhikes Near Denver LLC, We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. The trail is well marked and it was a nice hike, easy to moderate. Low gear doesn’t cut it on steep grades and hairpin switchback roads. Roundtrip 2.2 miles | Dogs allowed | Get directions. There are some places along the trail that can be very challenging for a child under 8, such as overgrown areas where you can’t even see the trail, large stumps and boulders you have to climb over, but most importantly the cliff area above the falls is very dangerous for the little ones to be near. However, as with all dirt roads, they can change drastically after very hard rains. This gives you a closer connection to the Elk Grazing Trail (seasonal) area and Deer Creek Canyon Park. 990 Reviews. Grand prize view at the end. Thanks Mike, for the review and details on what it’s like to make the hike with kids. Getting to the base of the waterfall was a bit washed out of a trail but was fun with clear water and some small trout to see. Fax 303-541-2515, Once you turn off of Magnolia and onto 68, drive for 2 miles then turn right into the parking lot just before FR359. There was no toilet paper or we did not see a garbage can but people left the doggie bags up by the bathroom. The shade of a wooded canyon, combined with a waterfall, ending at a blue lake, make this hike near Boulder Colorado worthwhile. It’s a little challenging just past the waterfall but that doesn’t last long. This is an awesome hike! Unfortunately this time of year all the water is dried up. One was ahead of us, one behind. Sanitas in Boulder. Took this hike today. Gross Reservoir is situated 1 mile southeast of Forsythe Canyon. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not extremely difficult or anything, it’s just a bit nerve racking having a very young child that close to a fairly exposed drop off. COTREX is a project by the Colorado DNR and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It's cool and shaded most of the way. The car trail takes you to a completely different part of the reservoir, and you can’t get back to the hiking trail, so don’t do it! Hard and confusing at times but that just makes it more fun for us and the adventure pup. We took this hike yesterday and so glad we did! Intermediate. The waterfall is about 1 mile in. We even stopped at one of the scenic bypasses to see the roaring rapids. Great easy trail! Well my kids are 2 and 5, and I hiked with my 2 year old in a kid carrier pack on my back, and my 5 year old hiked the whole way. hiked this today 9/5/16, excellent hike! We chose this trail based on the review of being a perfect trail for young kids. parking lot was packed but we found a spot and there were a lot of people and dogs on the trail but it still didn’t feel crowded. I’ve posted a photo below showing the juncture. Hiking – Hiking is a featured activity at Gross Reservoir. Because it’s needing a little TLC, I would recommend this for mid level hikers, there are a couple of physical parts, but don’t let that scare you. This video is unavailable. The trail has one difficult section where you need to do some easy scrambling over a rock wall. Forsythe Canyon is just outside Boulder, Colorado (1hr 15min from Denver), and is an easy to moderate hike. caution advised. There is a small parking lot with a unisex bathroom facility at the trail head. Thanks in advance. While Forsythe Canyon Creek and waterfall make a small contribution to the northern arm of Gross Reservoir, there may be an even bigger contribution this time of year thanks to our Colorado snow storms. Hiking. The picture is good – I think the right words are ‘up and over’ that rocky spot. The stream was great that runs along the trails and the couple of wooden bridges were fun for the kids. Didn’t go to the bottom of the waterfall, Pretty cool but idk if there was way too much snow but we couldn’t see a waterfall anywhere or the trail. Aaron Johnson has been hiking in Colorado for over 20 years. There were lots of dogs on the trail my little one counted 16, they seemed to enjoy the fresh running water. TIP: Bring your bathing suit & take a dip in the lake! And because it’s just outside of Boulder, it’s easy to get to. Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir. The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles. We do NOT recommend the road which has many steep uphill sections and almost full sun all the way. Decided to turn around (easier said than done) and head back the way we came. Dogs are allowed to swim though, so not sure about the “it’s Boulder’s drinking water” reason for not allowing swimming. The Details: Forsythe Canyon Trail to Gross Reservoir, just south of Boulder. The scenery was beautiful and the length was perfect. The trail begins near the gate on National Forest System Road 359. Watch Queue Queue. I would be nice if the trail continued along the reservoir farther. This was a great day hike. Gross Reservoir is perched at 7,500 feet above sea level, located above Boulder along the South Boulder Creek Drainage. Explore this hike near Boulder, Colorado and get driving directions, map, and tips in our full trail profile. They hiked the trail no problem but they can hang on plenty more difficult. This road takes you to all of the camping sites. There are no RV hookups. We would consider upgrading our vehicle to 4 wheel drive if many of the locations we are trying to get to are unattainable with something like a Toyota Corolla. Fairly easy until the waterfall (which was dried up). This 2.2-mile trail is located close to the friendly and old-school hippie town of Nederland and features … Couldn’t go to the reservoir with the dogs. However, we had no problem finding the parking lot – thanks to your tips, probably! Had the trail to ourselves the whole way out, took our time taking photos of the wild flowers, the stream and the waterfall. As everyone mentioned, the trail gets a bit confusing after the waterfall, but follow the instructions from this guide and you’ll figure it out. The drive up was a bit intimidating for non-CO drivers (ie mountains!) Owned by Denver Water and named for former Chief Engineer Dwight D. Gross, the reservoir has served as storage for water that flows under the Continental Divide through the Moffat Tunnel. its down 20’+ based on the markings on the wall. Reservoir was kinda dirty at the end of the trail where the stream meets up and couldn’t explore much there. Add Your Trails. From the Forsythe Canyon Trailhead, walk downhill from the parking area. The TH is not that hard to miss now, large pile of rocks and the classic brown marker, you will see it if you keep looking left along the road. Also, when we were there we saw some mosquitoes and lots of yellow jackets around the stream and lake. Definitely a beautiful spot and we’ll be back! May 11, 2015 - Forsythe Canyon and Waterfall is a shaded 2-mile hike through a wooded canyon to a quaint but beautiful waterfall and ending at a blue lakeshore of Gross reservoir. Clock the 6.6 miles to Rd 68 – we never did find it. As for the hike itself… it was great! Dried up creek/waterfall and reservoir was not the clear but great hike overall with the dog. We hiked this yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The waterfall is definitely dried up right now, but the views are otherwise beautiful. Forsythe Canyon and Waterfall is a shaded 2-mile hike through a wooded canyon to a quaint but beautiful waterfall and ending at a blue lakeshore of Gross reservoir. Samantha, Thanks for the comment and details. Overall good hike! Coal Creek, CO Intermediate. Like others have mentioned, not too challenging for the non-experienced, but challenging enough to make you feel like you’ve accomplished something! In fact, reaching the clear blue water was the highlight for our kids. the bugs were nearly non-existent, weather was perfect. Slightly further to get to a reservoir. The parking lot was actually pretty crowded (it was maybe 9 or 10am on a Saturday) and the map there said the trail was 1 mile in/out. 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