West Magnolia


Photo of the informational kiosk display near campsite #1 in the West Magnolia area

West Magnolia Trailhead provides access to eight miles of singletrack trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding west of the Peak-to-Peak Highway south of Nederland. An additional eight miles of Forest Roads are open seasonally (check the Road Status Table before your visit) to motorized and non-motorized activities. Along these roadways are designated campsites. Camping is allowed within 50 feet of the campsite markers. There are no facilities of any kind.

The free Boulder Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map displays National Forest System (NFS) routes open to motorized travel and is available online and at the Boulder Ranger District offfice.

Recreational shooting closures exist in this area. Click here for more information.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all singletrack trails. Camping is allowed in designated campsites only, no fees are charged; first-come, first-served. Mountain bikes must stay on designated roads and trails.
Closest Towns: Nederland, Colorado
Water: Occasional streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

Directions: From Nederland, head south on Colorado Highway 119 for 2.8 miles. Turn west onto County Road 132W. Limited parking is available just off of the highway, or continue one mile west and turn south through the second Forest Service gate to the main trailhead parking area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Camping & Cabins

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Day Hiking

Numerous looping, interconnected trails meander over the hilltop at West Magnolia. The network of criss-crossing roads and trails is popular for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.

Fire InformationUnless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Elevation descThe western portion of this trail system is the most challenging, as it climbs the flanks of Tennessee Mountain
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding & Camping

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Winter Sports

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Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
16 miles of roads and trails (One way)

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  Elevation : 
8,500' - 8,900'