Framed by the majestic Boulder Mountains, the Harriman Trail is a four-season non-motorized recreational pathway that follows an 18-mile course through nature's wonderland. Named in honor of W. Averell Harriman, this magnificent trail provides hiking, biking, equestrian and wildlife viewing opportunities for all. In winter, the trail is groomed for Nordic skiing by the BCRD and serves as a vital link for the entire BCRD Nordic Trail system. A shining example of community and public agency cooperation, the BCRD began construction of the trail in 1991 with a pledge from the Mary W. Harriman Foundation. With community support, the BCRD was able to complete the Harriman Trail in July of 2001. In partnership with the US Forest Service, the BCRD manages, maintains and grooms the Harriman Trail year-round. For more detailed trail information, visit summer trailink »

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Prairie Creek to Galena Lodge
Open Uses: mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding   
Length: 6 miles/9 km      
Difficulty: Moderate
Features impressive rock formations, several hills and a winding trail in the trees for the most part. Highlights of this section of trail include the Hare Bench, a little grotto built into the rock with a carved out dog water bowl, and the Mountain Goat interpretive site, featuring a spotting scope to view the elusive animals as they bound up the rocks on the slopes of the Boulders. The Community Bridge is another highlight.

Baker Creek to Prairie Creek

Open Uses: mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding    
Length: 4.9 miles/8 km      
Difficulty: Easy
Features lodgepole forests, open meadows, fishing access, and the closest views of the Boulder Mountains. Highlights include the Mountain Skyline and the Russian John interpretive sites, with the spectacular view of the Boulder Mountains dominating the northern landscape.

North Fork to Baker Creek
Open Uses: mountain biking, hiking     
Length: 8.7 miles/14 km      
Difficulty: Moderate
Features fishing access, interpretive sites, campgrounds, picnic areas, Easley Hot Springs. The most interpretive sites in the smallest distance are found right after you start on this section of the trail. Information on trees, the Big Wood River and nearby Durrance Mountain are found at the beginning; the geology interpretive site features the artwork of Florian Haemmerle.

 1) km 1: Cottonwoods Site features information about the most common tree species found along the Big Wood River.

2) km 2: Big Wood River Fishery Site features information about conservationist Jack Hemingway and resident fish of the Big Wood.

3) km 2.5: Durrance Mountain Site features information about the legendary skier and the mountain named after him.

4) km 3.5: Forest Conifers Site features information about the different kinds of evergreens in the Boulder and Smoky ranges.

5) km 8: Boulder Mountain Range Site features a painting by Florian Haemmerle and information about geology of this area.  

6) km 10: Wetlands Site features information about the riparian life along the Big Wood River.

7) km 14: Pamela Harriman Site features history about this unique woman who made this trail a reality.

8) km 14.2: Mountain Skyline The spectacular panorama of the Boulder Mountains is best seen from this site.

9) km 19: Russian John The history of the original roadhouse and staff is explained here.

10) km 24: Mountain Goats Site features a permanent spotting scope for viewing these elusive animals on the Boulder Mountains to the Northeast.

11) km 27: Sculpin and Wetlands Site features information about the Wood River Sculpin and its importance to the riparian values of the Big Wood.

12) km 30: Mining The colorful history of Galena’s boom and bust period in the late 1800s is outlined at this site.

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