Anne U White Trail 

Anne U. White Trail

The Anne U. White Trail is closed due to flood damage.


The planning and design phase of the reconstruction of the Anne U. White Trail has been completed, and rebuilding is underway.

The wet spring has increased challenges with staffing crews and volunteers for the rebuilding effort as we have had to shift our priorities to other repair projects in the county. Our goal is to work on the Anne U. White Trail when we can with the understanding that we will not be opening the trail in 2015. We do not have an opening date planned at this time.

As the trail repair project gets closer to completion, we are committed to working with Boulder County Transportation and the neighborhood near the trailhead to minimize conflicts between potential trail use and other flood recovery efforts occurring in the area.

As we have all experienced, the recovery effort is monumental in its size and complexity and many unknowns continue to persist. Our approach to this project may be adjusted as the various other components of the process are further resolved. We will continue to keep all stakeholders informed of our plans and project schedule as they continue to be refined.

We appreciate your patience, input, and assistance in the county's endeavors as the recovery process continues to evolve.

See below for photos and sketches of planned trail repairs.

Repairs will include

  • Removing tons of debris from the trail corridor
  • Constructing over 25 creek crossings
  • Building rock stairs and rock walls
  • Filling trail tread
  • Realigning trail where it cannot be put back in its original location

Thank you for your patience as we repair this beloved trail. Please respect the trail closure as unsafe conditions exist.

How To Help

Volunteers projects will be scheduled this summer. Sign up to receive email updates about upcoming volunteer projects with Parks & Open Space or visit Volunteer Opportunities.
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View photos of a recent volunteer project.


Anne U. White Trailhead damage

Anne U. White Trailhead damage

Anne U. White Trailhead damage

Anne U. White Trailhead damage aerial view

Anne U. White Trail repair sketch

Typical stream crossing repair including steppers across the creek and minor bank work

Anne U. White Trail damage

Typical stream crossing repair site

Anne U. White Trail repair sketch

Creek crossing blow-out repair with more intensive bank treatments, including steps and minor boulder retaining

Anne U. White Trail damage

Creek crossing blow-out

Anne U. White Trail damage

Creek crossing and trail washed away

Anne U. White Trail repair sketch

Typical creek crossing repair and trail reroute

Anne U. White Trail repair sketch

Typical minor trail reroute at embankment scour site

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Anne U. White Trail

1.6 miles one way
Leashed Dogs Allowed Bikes Prohibited Hiking Allowed Horses Allowed
Trail crosses the creak numerous times


  • No restrooms or picnic tables.
  • One bench available on the trail.


  • Five car spots.
  • Horse trailer parking not available.

Keep in Mind

  • Parking is extremely limited. On-street parking on Pinto Drive is prohibited and strictly enforced.
  • Great trail for families, but not ADA accessible.
  • The trail is surrounded by private land. Please stay on the trail.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Plants & Animals

Along Colorado’s Front Range the sweeping grasslands of the Great Plains rise to meet the rugged peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Where they meet we find the foothills – a zone of geological and biological transition. Foothills ecosystems are made up of myriad landforms such as cliffs, canyons, hills, and plateaus. Plant communities range from grasslands to shrublands to forests which provide a variety of habitats for a rich diversity of animals.


  • Hummingbirds
  • Deer
  • Fox
  • Coyote
  • Bobcat
  • Bear
  • Mountain lion


  • Ponderosa
  • Fir
  • Aspen
  • Cottonwood
  • Willow
  • Maple
  • Larkspur
  • Wild rose
  • Shooting stars
  • Daisies
  • Heartleaf arnica
  • Sugar bowls
  • Penstemon

 ‭(Hidden)‬ History

The Name

The Anne U. White Trail is named in memory of Anne Underwood White, a dedicated environmentalist, scientist and open space advocate, who donated 20 acres for the creation of this trail.

The Land

Except during times of logging, Fourmile Canyon Creek has always been roadless. Some of the land to the south of the trail was homesteaded in the mid-1800s by a Welsh miner who cleared the timber and cultivated crops on the gentler slopes. It was also grazed by cattle in the summer. Much of it bears the scars of mineral prospecting and one pit became an operating mine. Most of the native ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest in Fourmile Creek Canyon was extensively logged in the late 19th century.


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