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A dirt road from Nederland to the old ghost town of Caribou.


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Map Key

5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

Doubletrack

9,982' 3,043 m

High

8,274' 2,522 m

Low

1,723' 525 m

Up

15' 5 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

Caribou Road starts in the town of Nederland and climbs to the old ghost town of Caribou. The road is a smooth grade dirt road that steadily climbs 1,700 ft over its 5.5 mile length. It starts off with quite a few houses but gets quieter as you ascend. Near the end, at 4.9 miles, stay right on the main public road and don't take the private mining road to the left.

A few ruins remain of the original town, most notably the foundations of the Sherman House hotel, the Assay Office, and a couple of cabins. During fall, Caribou Road is a good way to enjoy the changing aspens.

From Caribou, there are multiple choices of where to go from there. Descending Caribou Flats makes a good loop back to town.

Convenient parking is available at the RTD park and ride. Better yet, catch the bus from the Boulder station (bikes allowed on rack and undercarriage), link up a bunch of trails, and take your pick of multiple routes back to Boulder.

Contacts

Shared By:

Alan Doak with improvements by Richard Hackett

Trail Ratings

  2.5 from 12 votes

#4

in Nederland

#25037

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Trail Rankings

#4

in Nederland

#2,443

in Colorado

#25,037

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Caribou Road switchback
Aug 9, 2015 near Nederland, CO
The road is kind of dull, but the views get good as you ascend.
Jun 17, 2014 near Nederland, CO
Starting the climb up Caribou Road
Aug 9, 2015 near Nederland, CO
The Caribou ghost town
Jun 17, 2014 near Nederland, CO

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Jun 8, 2024
Julius Mazer
A lot of climbing uphill! When the snow melts I have to descend to Nederland. 11mi
Aug 19, 2019
Jon Banks
Not much of a trail but an easy descent from the Caribou area
Aug 17, 2019
Thomas Pyke
Jul 4, 2018
Mark V
Aug 21, 2017
Casey Chapman
Aug 9, 2015
Peter Stamborski
Jul 12, 2015
Daniel Madden
2h 05m
Jul 11, 2015
HeatherP Pore
Caribou Flats loop
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