Eldorado Falls at Walker Ranch, Boulder CO. July 21, 2017

We visited this trail last year too; starting from the Ethel Harrold Trailhead. It is pretty steep and on the way out you are going down into the valley toward the falls. Means we had to leave plenty of time and energy for the return trip. We did not get all the way to the falls themselves. Starting elevation was about 6,900ft and the bottom about 6,560ft.

Pretty good bird sightings; few photos turned out well though. I now forget, but I think we also saw a Bald Eagle circling around on this day on the way to our hike.

Black-capped Chickadee
Lesser Goldfinch
Black-billed Magpie
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Stellar’s Jay
American Crow

Chickadee, probably Black-capped
Chickadee, probably Black-capped
Colorado Chipmunk
Colorado Chipmunk. This colorful critter made a dash across the rocks at the creek.
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Horseshoe Trail, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, CO. July 20, 2017

This was a wonderful hike for us.  Mostly an easy slope up on the way out, making getting back to the car a nice low-difficulty proposition. Lovely surroundings, though the creek was entirely dried up except for one very small stretch. We went approximately one and a quarter miles out and gained about 500 feet of altitude (from 8,200 to 8,692 ft according to this topographical map.)

We saw and heard many more birds than we were able to get photos of.  Lesser Goldfinches and Mountain Chickadees were seen near the starting point and heard, particularly the chickadees, for about half of the hike.  We only have one bird picture from this that is at all decent – the Northern Flicker (red-shafted), of which there were a nesting pair in a tree not far off the trail.  We could not find the nest, but the chicks were loud when a parent was nearby.

Horseshoe Trail, Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Horseshoe Trail, Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)