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Elevation Gain: Approximately 2,500'
Roundtrip mileage: Approximately 9 miles
Hike classification: Class 1 or 2
Getting ThereTo access the 4th of July Trailhead, from Nederland, travel North on Highway 72 for .5 miles to County Road 130. County Road 130 is signed for the Eldora Ski area. Make a right here. Continue along 130 through the town of Eldora (just under 4 miles). The road soon becomes dirt. Continue on the dirt road past the Hessie Trailhead for approximately 4.8 miles. Take the right fork towards the Buckingham Campground to the parking area. High clearance vehicles are highly recommended here as the road often gets rough. There is no maintenance on the dirt road in the winter.
Red TapeCampfires are prohibited on the east side of the Continental Divide, as well as Caribou Lake, Columbine Lake, Gourd Lake, Crater Lake and in the Cascade Creek drainage above Cascade Falls.
Pets must be leashed at all times. Pack out your poop!
Permits are required year-round for day and overnight use for large groups (8 or more people) or organizational groups such as scouts, churches, schools and hiking clubs.
Group size is limited to a maximum of 12 people or people and packstock combined.
Packstock are prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone, in the Cascade Backcountry Zone above Cascade Falls and on the Diamond Lake Trail #975.
CampingCamp sites are available at the trailhead at the Buckingham campground
Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of lakes, streams and trails.
In the Diamond, Jasper, Crater and Caribou Lakes Backcountry Zones camping is allowed only at designated campsites.
Permits are required for all overnight campers June 1 through September 15. Contact:
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301