Beginning in east Boulder and running to the intersect of Boulder Canyon and Fourmile Canyon, the Boulder Creek Path is always bustling with commuters, college students getting to and from class, and families riding, strolling and running. Mostly paved for its seven miles one way, on certain sections of the path there is red gravel off to the side that runners and walkers will use for a break from the pavement. The pavement does end and become dirt when you get into Boulder Canyon. Boulder Creek runs along the path. There are plenty of places to stop and take in the scenery (and a breather) with picnic benches along the way. The Boulder Creek Path is also a great way to access Boulder's famous downtown area, including Pearl Street's shops and restaurants. Enjoy a good meal then walk it off along the Creek Path!
What Makes It Great
Boulder Creek's giant cottonwood trees line most of the path east of downtown, making for a shady, cool run in the hot summer months. Come winter, the mosaic of ice that forms along the creek creates beautiful, ephemeral artwork. Besides access to Boulder's downtown areas, the trail continue up Boulder Canyon two miles west (and in 2016, this trail will be expanded all the way to Betasso Preserve). The canyon aspect of the trail turns to dirt and bypasses several climbing crags. Up here, the river flows with more power as well. Cyclists, runners, walkers and climbers all use the trail to get their outdoors fix.
Who is Going to Love It
Trail runners will love the variety and ease of access. A full run of the trail begins on the wooded plains and ascends to the base of the Rock Mountains in the foothills. Add in easy access to all of Boulder's downtown restaurants, bars and shops. Casual runners will enjoy the mellow terrain, peaceful creek and people watching. Those looking for a longer, tougher run can splinter off at Settler's Park and head over to Mount Sanitas and beyond.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The creek path can be access from anywhere along downtown or besides Arapahoe Avenue to 9th Street. There is also parking at Settler's Park on Canyon Blvd. at the base of Boulder Canyon. A good place to park if you want to avoid downtown parking is Scott Carpenter Park at 30th and Arapahoe. It's a 1.5 mile walk / run to the downtown area.