Boulder Reservoir and Coot Lake
Darby's Favorite Reasons to Love this Hike (ft. guest dog Yoti):
Boulder Reservoir Trail (5.25 out and back) and nearby Coot Lake (1.5 miles around) are great dirt and gravel trails to walk, run, or bike ride. The trail connects to the Eagle Trailhead (.8 miles) near the 51st Street-West portal entrance.
Boulder Reservoir is 700 acres, multi-use (boating, beach, picnic, trails). Dogs are only allowed around the trails and nearby Coot Lake; no dogs allowed on the beaches or in the park May15 - Labor day. Read more about the fees, rules and regulations, and the new construction in and around the reservoir here. Dogs are allowed in Coot Lake east and south shores of the lake.
Direct sunlight all year round means this is a great off-season trail, especially since dogs are not allowed in the summer.
The Boulder Rez features excellent bird watching and other animals including coyotes, rabbits, prairie dogs, and water fowl.
Dog regulations: Allowed from Labor Day to May 15th, and all year round at Coot Lake. Dogs can be off-leash with Boulder's Voice and sight program
Restrooms and picnic tables: scattered through out, mainly by the parking lots.
Skill level: Easy, no elevation change except for the Eagle trail connector
Length: out and back the whole trail is 5.25 miles.