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Lefthand Canyon

Boulder County, Colorado

Lefthand Canyon

Lefthand Canyon Update

Sam Logan - 8/15/2016

Lefthand is in a state of limbo awaiting further evaluation and recommendations from the flood team. Currently the area is officially closed to all use. No one is even supposed to hike in there. This is because the damage to the entrance road is considered a public health and safety hazard. Limited on the ground evaluations have been performed of the area. Here is a synopsis of what’s happening:

  • Flood Assessment Team is working throughout the near by ranger districts to evaluate and prioritize repairs.
    • Facilities are the highest priority
    • Access roads the next priority
    • Recreational areas and other FS areas are evaluated after those
  • The Flood Assessment Team will make a public report out in March-April (info on this meeting will be made public via the OHV meeting)
    • Forest Supervisor will have final approval on the priority list
    • It is possible that Lefthand will stay closed until 2016 or altogether!!!

For more information, visit the Boulder County Lefthand Canyon Reconstruction page.

How to Get There

From Boulder, Take US-36 approximately 4 miles north. Turn West on Left Hand Canyon Dr. Continue 3.7 Miles to trail head on North side of the Road Note: There is limited area for trailers off of Left Hand Canyon Drive.

Detailed Description


Adopted Trails

Lefthand Canyon Trail Network   Trailridge Runners 4WD Club

Trail System Information

Location: 40.1065833333, -105.322566667
Location is: Trailhead
Nearest City: Boulder
Difficulty (1-10):
Distance (mi):
Time (hh:mm):
Lowest Elevation (ft):
Highest Elevation (ft):
Best for: 4WDMotorcycle

Note that not all of the trails in an area will be open to all vehicle types. Follow the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)s and signage for the area and ride only on trails open to and wider than your OHV.

Maps/GPS files: PDF ZIP KMZ Guide/Map

Visit the Trail Maps page for download/print instructions, information about the Avenza App for PDF files, or a complete list of available maps!

More Info: Boulder Ranger District (303) 541-2500
  Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (970) 295-6700
  MVUM Page

Nearby Trails

Trail Name   Trail Width Length (mi)
Baughman's Gulley Single Track   Motorcycle   0.54
Baughman's Saddle Single Track   Motorcycle   0.62
Bergners Gulley   Motorcycle   0.62
Castle Cutoff Single Track   Motorcycle   0.41
Golden Age Single Track   Motorcycle   0.56
Kirkegard Single Track   Motorcycle   1.05
Lower Ridge Single Track   Motorcycle   0.28
Spruce Gulch Single Track   Motorcycle   0.45
Twin Saddles Single Track   Motorcycle   0.41
Wall of Death Single Track   Motorcycle   0.6

Return to the OHV Trail Guide Map or Guide Index page.

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Stay The Trail Colorado was Awarded the 2013 Outstanding Trail Sharing Award
American Trails

This award recognizes innovative & successful trail sharing efforts, programs, & systems.

American Trails' 21st National Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 21st American Trails International Symposium. The awards celebration was held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona, April 16, 2013.

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