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Broomfield/Louisville Loop Trail

Enjoy this loop trail that meanders along creeks, beside a pond, through pumpkin fields and over Colorado hills.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 11.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  This trail wanders through the communities of Louisville, Broomfield, and Lafayette, Colorado. Most of the ride is on open space... more »

Tips:  -Be careful on both S. 120th Street and W. Dillon Road. These can be very busy at times. Someday, hopefully, there will be trails... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Stearns Lake Trailhead

This popular fishin' hole makes a good place to start your loop ride. There is a parking lot with restrooms available.

2. Pumpkin Fields Forever

If the Beatles would have ridden this trail in October, we may have had a slightly different interpretation of a classic song.
From late May, pumpkin vines start to twist their way through the fields surrounding the trail. By mid-September, the orange of mature pumpkins starts to peak through the green leaves. By October, the hills are ablaze w/... More

3. Highway 287 Underpass

Fortunately, this trail burrows under the major roads, so it's a pretty safe bet for families and young bikers.

4. Ruth Roberts Park and Open Space

Boulder and Broomfield Counties have an abundance of open space.

5. Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center

In addition to housing a huge medical complex that includes a Kaiser Permanente facility, there are also covered picnic facilities near here.

6. Coal Creek Trail

Most of the rest of the loop will be on Louisville's beautiful Coal Creek Trail. As the name implies, it follows the creek most of the way as it also passes through pastures, beside housing developments, and into city/county open space.

7. South Public Road...

... underpass and trailhead parking facilities.

8. Centaurus High School access

Exit the trail here to access Centaurus High School or the Dairy Queen in Lafayette.

9. Aquarius trailhead

Located off Hwy. 42, this is another good place to access this trail. It has a trailhead with ample parking and great views of the Front Range mountains including an interpretive sign identifying the major peaks.

10. Hwy 42 underpass

Beware, this underpass floods quite often and you may need to take a detour on either Empire Road or Hwy. 42.

11. Louisville Park

This is an awesome park for the kids, dogs, and music lovers. The dog park is right across Bella Vista Drive from the trail and includes a dog pond and great off-leash area.
The park playground includes a mine shaft replica, a splash fountain, a covered gazebo with picnic tables, lots of cool spinning playground toys, and a Bocce Ball court.
On... More

12. America's most beautiful open space

This area is gorgeous all year long and serves as a testament to the importance of community open space. It is also a great place for watching coyotes, fox, and birds of all kinds.

13. Dutch Creek Park and ...

... Coal Creek Golf Course