Observatory Loop

3/5 (9 reviews)
Situated on the west side of Colorado Highway 119 between the quaint little towns of Nederland and Rollinsville is a small network of hiking, mountain biking and 4x4 trails known as West Magnolia. Like much of the Colorado Front Range, the area is rich in mining history and abundant in scenic beauty...Read More
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Highlights of Observatory Loop

Camping Category IconCamping
Forest Category IconForest
Scenic Category IconScenic
Highest Elevation
8707 ft
Shape of Trail
Loop
Typically Open
05/15 - 11/30
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
355.1D
Nearest Town
Nederland
Nearest Services
Nederland
Management Agency
Arapaho National Forest
District
Boulder Ranger District

Overview

Situated on the west side of Colorado Highway 119 between the quaint little towns of Nederland and Rollinsville is a small network of hiking, mountain biking and 4x4 trails known as West Magnolia. Like much of the Colorado Front Range, the area is rich in mining history and abundant in scenic beauty. These easy-to-moderate four-wheel​ drive roads can provide a quick outing or be strung together to make a whole day or more of fun in the woods. Camping is available in designated sites. Its proximity to the Denver area and ease of access make it popular for day trips or short weekend jaunts. Observatory Loop is a pleasant, scenic loop around the northern portion of this network.

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20 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
9 Community Reviews
1 Video
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