New Goshawk Ridge Trail Opened

When a new trail opens it’s like a new film by my favorite director. In this case the director is Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department and the film is the Goshawk Ridge Trail.  Nestled in the Eldorado Mountain Habitat Conservation Area this 1.7 mile trail has great views of the Eldorado Mountain slope.

I celebrated opening day by hiking the Goshawk. I took lot’s of photos to share with you…

I started on the Fowler Trailhead (left about two miles west of highway 93 on Eldorado Springs Drive – highway 170 to County Road 67).  Country Road 67 goes up past the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram and ends at the Fowler trailhead…


Enter the Fowler Trailhead and proceed up a switchback until to you get to the Springbrook sign to start our loop…


Follow Springbrook past the ripple pattern of an ancient seabed on the exposed cliff wall…


Make a left at the big concrete spillway wall…


And go over the new bridge onto the Goshawk Trail…


Where we come to a forest…


Followed by a climb up to a ridge …


Past a stone ring (see comments below for more information)…


Over the ridge with our first views of Boulder…


…and down toward Eldorado Canyon…


Past the trailhead to the Mickey Mouse Wall…


Back out to the Fowler Trail…


Where you see some great views of Shadow Canyon…


…and through this narrow gauge railroad cut…


Until you get back to the intersection of Springbrook where we go back down Fowler to the trailhead where we started…


For another view of this beautiful check out Michael O’Neill’s Mountain Runner Blog post about the Dowdy Draw area.


10 Responses to “New Goshawk Ridge Trail Opened”

  1. Julie Johnson Says:

    Hi Rich!

    You’re right, this is a beautiful, enjoyable trail — thanks for featuring it! One quick correction — the photo captioned “Native American stone ring” is actually not of a Native American site. We at OSMP have had two separate surveys, and both surveyors believe it was built at the same time the stone huts in the area were built. It marks an opening to a spring, but there was never much water so it may have been a cool place to keep food or maybe even a bear proof place to cache food. The stone “dugouts” are believed to have been associated with the construction of the railroad infrastructure just up the hill.

    Thanks again for the blog and showing off our newest trail!


  2. Mike Says:

    Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!

  3. Sugarbowls on the Goshawk Ridge « Tales from the Trails Says:

    […] wild with wildflowers (note the trail signage). For directions to the Goshawk see my post entitled New Goshawk Ridge Trail Opened.  I’ve never met this flower so it was fun finding and learning about it.  My main […]

  4. Roger A.C.Williams Says:

    Just hiked Goshaw, along with S. Springbrook Ridge, Doudy and roads back for a total of some 8 miles & 300-m. el. gain–not bad for 68 with a bum heart. It was v. good, with nice fall colors, though I could have done with those new fences and NO TRESPASSING signs along the Denver Water aqueduct access road (I explored all of it before somebody put these things up, also cut across above it to the Conda Mine and went through that. There’s no reason to close it there’s nothing there.
    The GR Tr. is actually an old social path; it’s been there for years. However it petered out somewhere up the ridge; it now goes through to that now forbidden aqueduct and joins the Spring Brook Loop.

  5. Michael O'Neill Says:

    I’ve featured one of your images on my site at

    I’ve credited you and linked to your site here.

    Thanks–nice image!

  6. Ruckus on the Ridge « Tales from the Trails Says:

    […] of my favorite places to observe this celebration is on the north facing slope of the Goshawk Ridge. Since this trail prohibits dogs you will need to leave your pooch home for this adventure. […]

  7. The Real Turkeys of Boulder | Tales from the Trails Says:

    […] the Fowler Trail to the Springbrook  Trail. The  Goshawk Trailhead starts on the opposite side of a metal bridge over the canal where you will see this […]

  8. Says:

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been doing
    a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact
    that I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your blog.

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