“Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow…Only while we are in action is the circulation perfect.” – Henry David Thoreau
A beautiful loop around prairies, a small pond and private cattle ranch. Located between the Boulder Reservoir and the foothills, this loop offers several connecting trails to extend your mileage. The trailhead is named for the large birds of prey that frequent the area such as bald and golden eagles as well as many kinds of hawks.
Elevation Gain: 205 feet
Start to End Elevation: 5,260 feet – 5,383 feet
Round trip distance: 3.75 mile loop
Nearest Landmark: Boulder Reservoir, just north of Boulder
Hiking Time: 1 ½ – 2 hours
Season: Year round
Popular: Hikers, Runners, Bikers, Horses, Leashed Dogs
How to Get There: Take 51st Street north, go past the Boulder Reservoir Entrance, the road becomes a dirt road; turn right at the Eagle Trailhead. You can also access the Eagle Sage Loop at the Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead on Longhorn Road.
Trailhead GPS: Eagle Trailhead 40.080228,-105.235639
The Hike: At the trailhead, enjoy views of the foothills, at around 0.5 miles bear right on Sage Trail and enjoy the flat stretch. You will go by a private ranch and then wind around to the Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead at 1.6 miles. Here, there is a restroom as well as connecting trails to Left Hand Trail or a bit south to Cobalt Trail, great if you want a longer route. Continue south on Sage Trail which will go past a steep mesa and cottonwoods.
The Sage Trail will meet up with Eagle Trail at 2.3 miles and descends down towards an open pond at 3.0 miles. After the pond, begin the steep but quick ascent up to Sage Trail junction to complete the loop at 3.25 miles and then back to the trailhead parking lot.
Comments: This loop goes through a working ranch, so you may have to pass free range cattle roaming your path. Allow them plenty of space, especially the moms and their babes.
Coyotes in populated areas are typically less fearful of people. They have been known to attack pets and approach people too closely. Please read and share these tips with your children.
If a coyote approaches you:
Protect Your Pets:
Be Prepared! If you have concerns about an encounter with a coyote:
Call your local Division of Wildlife office or Denver headquarters at 303 297 1192 or visit www.wildlife.state.co.us to learn more about coyotes.