DIRECTIONS: From 93 south of Boulder, head west on Eldorado Springs Drive for about 1.8 miles to the Doudy Draw Trailhead. There is a fee for parking.
The Community Ditch Trail is a popular hiking and biking trail along the hills east of the Front Range foothills. The hike is relatively easy as it follows Doudy Draw and an irrigation ditch. The trail has some of the best views of the foothills near Boulder that you can find. As you hike further on the Community Ditch Trail the views of Eldorado Canyon, South Boulder Peak, the Devil's Thumb, Bear Peak, Green Mountain, and the Flatirons get better and better.
From the parking area, the first half mile follow Doudy Draw as you gently gain elevation. Before long you'll arrive at a picnic/bathroom spot and a bridge crossing the stream. Don't cross the bridge, rather turn left onto the Community Ditch Trail. The trial winds up a hillside, crosses a cattle guard gate (don't spook the cows as walk by them...) and gains a bit of elevation as you near 93. As you hike the views become more and more impressive. Once you reach the gate before 93 you can either continue to the Marshal Mesa area or turn back and retrace your steps back to the trailhead.
This trail sees a good amount of use and aside from the muddy season is year-round trail. Again, the views are phenomenal and well worth some of your time.
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- DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT
- FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
- MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
- ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
- GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
- HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT
- SAND CREEK MASSACRE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
- YUCCA HOUSE NATIONAL MONUMENT
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- INTERACTIVE MAP
Community Ditch Trail
City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks
Date Hiked: January 19, 2020
Distance: 4.5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 200 ft
Elevation Min/Max: 5,635 to 5,746 ft
Trailhead Lat/Long: 39º 56' 17" N; 105º 15' 23" W
Managing Agency: City of Boulder OSMP