Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
Darby's Favorite Reasons to Love this Hike:
Several length hikes (2.9 miles in total) to chose from. All have views of the Flatirons of Boulder. Trail map here
First Pond to the right at the first parking lot is Wally Toevs- a nice loop around the pond is about 1/3 mile.
Cottonwood Marsh is the next, larger pond on the right. Not a loop, but will take you west to the next parking lot and several more ponds.
Continuing to the left is Duck Pond. About a 1/2 mile loop, you can continue off the path outside this area to the Sawmill Ponds Trail System (City of Boulder Open Space Mountain Park).
On the right, past the marshy boardwalk are (no doggies on the boardwalk), is a large 2 pond loop, Bass Pond and Ricky Weiser Wetland. The whole loop is about 3/4 mile, but there is a dirt path that cuts half way through.
2. Bird Watching and Fishing at all the ponds, this is a Wildlife Habitat! Every other person seems to have a camera, a doggie, or a fishing pole. This place is a fun way to spend the day in east Boulder County. Bird Checklist here.
3. Between the Cottonwood Marsh and Bass Pond is a trail called the Heatherwood Walden Link, this is about 1/2 mile and has it's own parking lot and entrance on 75th Rd..
Start and end elevation gain: None
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs: Yes, on leash only
Bathrooms, shelters, and picnic tables: Yes, at the two parking lots.
Handicap accessible facilities and trails
Bikes and Horses: Yes
Directions: South of Jay Rd., and North of Valmont Rd, on 75th Street, east Boulder. The entrance sign and turn is on the west side of the road. Turn in and park at the first parking area, Wally Toevs, or the second Cottonwood Marsh parking area.