Boulder County, Colorado
Roosevelt National Forest
Boulder Ranger District
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Forest Service Roads: 286D, 286H
Trail Type: Straight Through
Nearby Towns: Boulder, Longmont
Nearby Trails: Carnage Canyon, Left Hand Canyon, Castle Gulch
Season: Year Round
Trail Length: 1.75 miles
Elevation: 6,707 to 7,825 feet
The Endo Hill obstacle was permanently closed in 2008. Post and cable for a new, challenging trail was put in during that time near the top of Fireman Hill but the trail is not yet open to motor vehicles.
This trail starts at Five Points off of the Left Hand Canyon trail as forest service road 286D. There is only one way up the switchbacks on the way to the top of the hill. Climbing the initial part of the trail as you work your way north is fairly easy unless the trail is snowy or muddy.
There is a wide spot in the trail when the trail turns in a northwest direction. This is the base of a fun and rocky hill. There is a legal bypass around part of this hill but not all of it. Stay on the trail and do not go around the rocky sections.
Once you get to the top of the rocky hill climb the trail levels off. Here you will see post and cable marking a trail that makes loops away from the Fireman Hill trail and then back to it. It's marking part of a future, more challenging trail that is not yet open to motor vehicles. You can walk this short section of trail to get an idea of what to expect in the future.
Soon after this section there is a trail that comes in from the right in two places. This loop is a big overlook, giving you some fantastic views of the foothills. There are a few places to pull off of the trail and this is a great place for lunch.
Continue on and the trail soon joins with the main trail again where you turn right to get to the top and the end of the trail. You go back into pine trees and a large area where many have camped. Soon after this area you come to the end of the trail at a wide, flat area with an informative kiosk.
To get back to pavement, you can turn left to go down Left Hand Canyon on forest service road 286 or return back the way you came.
Information last updated on June 22nd, 2011.Low-End Rating:4High-End Rating:5Rock Crawling: