Middle Boulder Creek waterfall

by Karen Price
(Thornton, CO)

Middle Boulder Creek waterfall along the Fourth of July road.

Middle Boulder Creek waterfall along the Fourth of July road.

Middle Boulder Creek Waterfall
One-way distance: 1.6 miles from the fork in the road for Hessie trailhead on one side, and the 4th of July trailhead on the other.
Difficulty level: easy to moderate
Approximate one-way hiking time: 45 minutes
Dog friendly: yes
Entrance fee: no
Restroom facilities: no

Directions to Middle Boulder Creek waterfall:
From Boulder, follow highway 119 west through Boulder Canyon and up to Nederland. Drive through Nederland and turn right on County Road 130. (At the sign for Eldora.) In about a mile, you'll see a fork in the road. Keep right at this fork and go straight. Drive through the small town of Eldora and the paved road will soon turn to dirt. Follow the dirt road for about one mile and park at the fork that you'll see at that point.

The left fork goes to the Hessie trailhead, and the right fork goes to the Fourth of July trailhead. You want to follow the right fork which will lead you to the Middle Boulder Creek waterfall in 1.6 miles on the left side of the dirt road. If you reach the Fourth of July trailhead, (in about 4 miles), you’ve gone too far and missed the falls.

Although you can drive up this road, (since it goes to the Fourth of July trailhead), I don’t think that parking is allowed along it, (except in some designated spots), so you need to hike up to see this waterfall.

Trail Description:
Follow the right fork, (Fourth of July Road), which will lead you up to this waterfall on Middle Boulder Creek on the left side of the road. The dirt road climbs the most at the beginning, then generally gets easier. Being a road, it’s open, so sunscreen is a good idea. You’ll be hiking up through a pine forest, and you’ll also see some aspen trees in various places along the way. In some spots, you’ll see mountain views through the trees.

There are a small number of private cabins that you’ll pass by, and after one such cabin, (which is on the left), you’ll start hearing the waterfall. From here, it’s just a short walk up to the falls which is across from the curve in the road. Have fun :-).

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