Caribou Creek (North)

full-limited Icon
4.5/5 (39 reviews)
Nederland, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 12/05/2023
Trail Types
Scout Route
Full Trail Guide

Preview Trail Icon
Preview Trails
easy
moderate
difficult
severe
extreme

Limited Trail Icon
Upgrade to Unlock
Limited Access/All-Access
Scout Route
Start a 7-day Free Trial

Trail Information

Highlights

Known as "The place where winds were born," Caribou was the site of Colorado's first major silver rush. In the 1870s, miners from all over the world flocked here and developed the town of Caribou. An estimated eight million dollars worth of silver was extracted from these hills before the mine closed in 1884. Caribou suffered two major fires - in September 1879, from which it was rebuilt, and again in 1899 when most of the downtown area was destroyed. It was not rebuilt the second time. By 1880 the population dwindled to 549; by 1900, only 44 remained. The trail starts at the Historic Caribou Townsite that only has a few building foundations remaining. On the north end, mud can make this historic trail an impassable adventure at times, go prepared.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Check out our Switzerland Trail (6.96 mi away) trail guide for an All-Access Preview!

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (39)
User Avatar
Official Crew
inline-aa Icon
150500
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/30/2023

Trail is now official under seasonal closure.
User Avatar
inline-aa Icon
400
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very wet and snowy road conditions. Snow is melting but not all the way there, looks like I had first tracks since it snowed. I got stuck in one of the huge mud holes around waypoint 8 or 9 and had to winch out. The rest of it wasn’t too bad. On a 98 4Runner with 3” lift and 33” tires.
Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

RIG: ’22 Sprinter 170 4x4 with Van Compass 4.3 Suspension Kit Season: Late summer Nice area with decent views, but you travel allowing the valley, so it’s not anything special. I was able to make it to to sites 10 and 11 with no issue. Much beyond that (waypoint 8), and you need a lot more rig and totally impassable by van. Getting the the sites was easy with a few mud pits and a few tight rocky areas, but more than doable if you take your time. Campings sites are close to one another, so depending on who you are next to and how you setup, privacy is limited. Fire pits, not toilets.
Trail Review: Caribou Creek (North) - Travis Rosen
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/17/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail, all is dry and I didn't have any trouble with mud thankfully. Loose in a few spots and I took the easier lines where I could. Some guy on a john deere type thing chuging along on the trails as well with a pup I think monitoring if people were trying to trespass on the mines this trail goes around.
User Avatar
Official Crew
inline-aa Icon
150500
Open
Visited: 07/16/2023

Seasonal gates are open. The mud at wp9 is BAD. I didn't attempt it, but met a well built cherokee that said he was forced to winch.
Trail Review: Caribou Creek (North) - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: Caribou Creek (North) - Ryan Boudreau

From the Community

Start a free trial and get this level of detail on every trail guide
Start Free Trial