4th of July Road

Eldora, Colorado (Boulder County)

Last Updated: 07/28/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.59 miles
Highest Elevation: 10092 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Eldora
Nearest Town w/ Services: Nederland
Official Road Name: 111
Management Agency: Boulder County
District: Parks & Open Space
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Highlights

Highlight: 4th of July Road
4th of July Road is a great trail during the Autumn season to view the changing aspen groves, or for the avid hiker to access numerous great hiking trails throughout the open season. 4th of July Road features some great views of the surrounding mountain peaks and glacier basins. With a stop along the way, you can also enjoy the sounds of a waterfall as it flows through the surrounding aspen grove.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Start of 4th of July Road (0 mi)
Turn right off Hessie Road. You will see signage for both 4th of July Road and Hessie Townsite Road to help guide your way.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.951543, -105.594752

Starting Point: Eldora

From Eldora, travel west on Eldorado Avenue for roughly 1 mile. You will arrive at the intersection of Hessie Townsite Road and 4th of July Road. Take a right to start 4th of July Road.

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Trail Reviews (10)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Just to let folks know. On Aug 3 this and Hessie Trail will be closed for the day for road resurfacing.

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Status: Open
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I love this place.... only challenge is the traffic. So beautiful!! Been here 3 times to picnic and hammock. Saw a moose 2 of those times.

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Status: Open
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Great views and some nice hiking. Parking for hikes is difficult (as in full by 830 on a Wednesday). Would make a great fall drive with all the aspen in the area.

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Status: Open
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Bumpy but fun. Beautiful scenery.

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Status: Open
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Went based on reviews here. Nice scenery! Along a stream. Didn't see much wildlife beyond chipmunks and rabbits. One moderately steep hill but mostly level or gradual incline. Road is heavily rutted but I saw multiple cars and a passenger van having little difficulty. Road ends at trailhead. Came from Denver going west and turning north, returned going east through Boulder but there was construction so don't go that way if there still is.

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Status: Open
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Nice easy trail with great mountain scenery at the end of the trail. 4 wheel.drive and high ground clearance not required. You can do this trail in your car, personally I wouldn’t take my car. There were a fair amount of larger river rock and large holes from washouts that I would be concerned about my suspension. The trail is mirrored all the way by a stream with lots of small waterfalls along the way a. There was a fair amount of traffic going up the trail, we had to pull over several times to let other vehicles by. Everyone was very courteous about their driving. There were a lot of vehicles parked at the end of the trail but we didn’t see a lot of people. We hiked about 1/4 mile up 4th of July trailhead and stopped to take a picture of a large waterfall over diamond head lake. We didn’t hike far because it was later in the evening. Overall this is a great tail to take family or the kids for scenic views a little off the beaten path.

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Status: Seasonal Closure
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Closed gate and a Hessie blocked by vehicle

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Status: Open
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Easy trail! We went up this one for the fall colors and we were very pleased. Very busy trail with hikers and 2 wheel drives!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail was clear, dry, and in good shape the whole way to the hiking trailhead and parking lots. At the parking lot many of the walking paths still had large amounts of snow in the heavily shaded areas.

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Status: Open
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I will try to get another trip report before the deep snow starts to fall. This was one heck of a trip and easily done in a stock Jeep. Can easily be done in a vehicle with less ground clearance. There wasn't many on the trail - a few hikers in the area and one camping. This is a very peaceful trail, perfect for an afternoon getaway and a picnic by one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the area!

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Nik Verbeck

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Nik is an passionate overlander, general outdoors person, as well as an avid homebrewer. Taking every chance they can to get outdoors and discover new areas, trails and campsites. When not enjoying the outdoors, you can find them wrenching on the truck, enjoying another great brewery, or working the day job designing computer systems and writing software.
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