Forsyth Canyon Hike – 07/07/2018

After spending the night near Boulder, we sought a trail for a good hike.  This trial sounded interesting and was nearby.  Colorado route 132 ascends very quickly from the main road that goes up Boulder Canyon, and is at time ‘on the edge’ of steep mountain sides. Then turn on to SR 68, a typical Forest Service road, 2 miles to a parking area. 

The Hike

Forsyth Canyon Hike.Pat.2018-07-07

The trail is easy to follow, and is well used so easy hiking – downhill to the lake. The trail remains generally in the canyon, ‘tho at about .85 of a mile down the trail one must get over a very large rock/outcropping. Nearing the lake, we visited the site of the waterfall; not enough water this time this year for any water-falling.  Reaching the upper extent of the lake, we found that we could proceed only a few yards along the shoreline; beyond that there was nothing resembling a beach, just a near-vertical shoreline.


Total Distance:  2.72 miles
Elevation: start  7,698 ft, maximum  7,698 ft,  minimum  7,239 ft
Gross gain:  459 ft.  Aggregate  ascending  968 ft, descending  970 ft
Maximum slope: 63% ascending, 75% descending, 8% average
Duration: 2:39

GPS Track Files for Download
I urge you to explore our hiking tracks with Google Earth. With the virtual 3-dimensional presentation, achieved by panning and tilting the view, you can get a much better idea of the hikes and terrain than you can get from the 2-dimensional screenshot above. For assistance: Using Google Earth Track Files.


Day Hikes Near Denver: Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir
AllTrails: Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir
Forest Service: Forsythe Canyon Trail
Go Hike Colorado: Forsythe Canyon

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