Boulder Area Hikes

Ceran St. Vrain


The Ceran St. Vrain Trail is located Northwest of Boulder above the small village of Jamestown. This trail follows the South St. Vrain Creek and provides a scenic, easy walk through beautiful forest. The trail is easy by most standards and is a great place to bring your dog or guests who are not into hard core, lung-busting hikes. The trail winds through the small canyon and alternates between narrow sections above the creek and wider sections creek side. Dogs are allowed and it seems like at least half of the hikers when I have been there have had have dogs.

The trail is a 4 mile out and back hike. At the end of the trail you can hook up with jeep road 252 to extend your hike to Miller’s Rock or the many four wheel drive roads that connect in the area.

I especially like the tall, dense lodgepole pine forests through which the trail winds. I find it a relaxing place to spend an hour or two. In the summer there are some great tent sites with easy access to the fishing holes.


Directions from Boulder: 5.5 miles north on Highway 36, turn west onto Lefthand Canyon. About five miles up Lefthand Canyon, follow the right fork to Jamestown. Go through Jamestown, continuing over the top of the hill and past the end of the pavement. After you get on to the dirt road, look for the sign for the Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead. Turn right at the sign, go for about 1/4 mile and park.

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