Boulder Falls is a surprising waterfall. I expected a trickle of a waterfall. It is not the biggest or tallest waterfall, but it is a powerful waterfall. I was pleasantly surprised. Boulder Falls is surrounded by rocks. The waterfall crashes down on more rocks before continuing on down a mountain stream.
This hike is free. Boulder Falls is now open from May through October. This hike can be crowded, especially on summer weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Normally, there are fewer crowds earlier in the morning. Even when it is crowded you may find parking. Since it is a short hike, people come and go often.
To get to the falls from Boulder, take Broadway to Boulder Canyon Drive. Boulder Canyon Drive is Highway 119. Go west. The drive is a beautiful twisty drive through the canyon. In the summer months, there are usually fishermen. Sometimes you will see rock climbers along the canyon walls. I enjoyed the drive of approximately 11 miles to the trailhead.
There is parking on the south side directly off the highway. There are signs for drivers to be cautious. I recommend you heed the signs.
After you park, you will need to walk across the highway to get to the Boulder Falls trailhead. Extreme caution is advised. If you have children or dogs, I recommend keeping them close and safe.
Once you cross the highway, there are informative signs. I enjoyed reading the information.
The hike to the falls is short, but steep. It is less than half a mile to and from Boulder Falls. Much of the hike is made of stone steps. Those steps can be very slippery and dangerous when wet. I recommend planning your hike when the ground is dry. I recommend wearing good sturdy shoes. I urge you to follow the safety restrictions, and stay on the trail. Be advised, this hike had been closed for falling rock. The hike may be short, but I urge you to be in the moment, be aware.
Before you go, check www.bouldercolorado.gov website. Under “Visitor Information,” you will see “Trail Information.” Any closures will be posted there.
Be cautious around Highway 119, try to go when the ground is dry, wear good shoes, be aware, and stay on the trail. You too may be pleasantly surprised by the short but steep hike to view Boulder Falls.