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295 mi 475 km of trail 25 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 119 Trails Intermediate Trails 58 Trails Hard Trails 2 Trails

Situated at the base of the iconic Flatirons, Boulder is known for its outdoor activities and abundant sunshine. From hiking to running to climbing to biking to just soaking in the scenery, Boulder has something for everyone to enjoy. Conveniently located at the base of the mountains, the city itself is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community, some of the best restaurants in the region, the historic Pearl Street Mall, and the bustling campus of the University of Colorado. Additionally, the city boasts more than 45,000 acres of open space, more than 60 urban parks, and 300 miles of bike paths, making it a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. To learn more about what Boulder has to offer, visit the city's website.

Local Info

Whether you are looking for an easy day hike from town or a more challenging outing with some serious altitude gain, the trails in Boulder will not disappoint. A great place to start is Chautauqua Park, one of the remaining few functioning Chautauquas left in the country. From here, you can access trails like Mesa Trail and Royal Arch Trail to get an up close and personal look at the Flatirons. If you are looking for more of a challenge, try all or part of the well-known Boulder Skyline Traverse. Other popular hikes in the area include Flagstaff Trail, Mount Sanitas Loop, Bear Peak, and Eldorado Canyon Trail.

Visiting Tips

The best time to hit the trails tends to be March through November, with a few exceptions. During the winter, some trails are accessible, especially at Hall Ranch, the Boulder Reservoir, or in the Marshall Mesa area as snow and ice will melt quickly during warm spells. There are times in spring or fall when rain or snow storms can make trails too muddy to use. While Boulder is well-known for its sunny weather, be aware that weather in Colorado can be unpredictable, and afternoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence in the summer.

Camping & Lodging

While there is no camping in the city of Boulder or on City of Boulder open space, there are several nearby camping options just outside the city. A quick drive will get you to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests located west of Boulder and offer some great campsites and more spectacular trails to explore.

The Boulder Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge for short) is only 5 minutes up Boulder Canyon from downtown Pearl Street. Strategically located for adventure enthusiasts, the A-Lodge provides easy access to Boulder's climbing, biking, fishing, hiking and trail running. The A-lodge includes an onsite slackline park, outdoor fire pits, two hot tubs, private rooms & suites, a hostel room, and even some camping options.

Boulder offers a variety of accomodations from hotels to bed and breakfasts, and a list of local lodging options can be found here.

Food & Drink

Boulder has a vibrant local restaurant and microbrewery scene, all located so close to the trails that you can easily find a place to dine and relax in between activities. Visit Boulder's website for a list of the best restaurants that downtown Boulder has to offer.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Spruce Confections Best. Staff. Ever. Tip yo' barista, son!
767 Pearl St #B, Boulder CO — (303) 449-6773
Zoe Ma Ma The best Za Jiang Mien in town.
2010 10th St, Boulder CO — (303) 545-6262
Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar Hit Hapa up for great sushi and fun!
1117 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 473-4730
Fuji Cafe and Bar The teriyaki bowl is wonderful!
2018 Broadway, Boulder CO — (720) 420-9050
The Mediterranean One of the best patios in Boulder. Make sure to sit outside!
1002 Walnut St, Boulder CO — (303) 444-5335
Amu Voted Best Japanese Restaurant in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!
1221 Spruce St, Boulder CO — (303) 440-0807
Sushi Zanmai It's all about the Firecracker Roll!
1221 Spruce St, Boulder CO — (303) 440-0733
Black Cat We are here for the first time last night and it was so amazing I decided to review it immediately! We had the tasting menu which I would recommend to anyone!
1964 13th St, Boulder CO — (303) 444-9110
OAK at fourteenth Get the fried pickles. They are fucking amazing.
1400 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 444-3622
Illegal Pete's SplickIt - order + pay from your phone, walk straight up to the counter, take food, leave.
1447 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 440-3955
Organic Sandwich Company The sandwiches taste amazing and I'm sure they are pretty healthy. The only problem is the price. $10-$11 for a small sandwich is quite steep. At least they are surprisingly filling.
1500 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (720) 639-3986
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant Jamaican Jerk Tempeh is amaaaaaaazing.
2010 16th St, Boulder CO — (303) 442-1485
Foolish Craig's Cafe The BLT w/ gauc is awesome. Definitely go with the side of pasta salad as well.
1611 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 247-9383
Snooze It's Snooze. Waiting is part of the experience. Stop bitching.
1617 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 225-7344
Audrey Jane's Pizza Garage This is the best pizza in Boulder. Anyone who's a fan of Tony's in SF will like this place.
Pizzeria Locale You can't leave without a taste of one of the prosciutto pizzas. Top on our list: the Maiale. Buon Appetito!
1730 Pearl St, Boulder CO — (303) 442-3003
Alpine Modern Cafe Get the ham and cheese baguette and a cheese Danish. The affogato is worth a shot if they have vanilla ice cream.
904 College Ave, Boulder CO — (303) 954-0129
Half Fast Subs Get the Strong Island. Tip the staff.
1215 13th St, Boulder CO — (303) 449-0404
The Greenbriar Inn Dave our server was amazing and attentive. Phil was very cordial, it says a lot when the owner takes the time to greet patrons. Thank you for making my husbands birthday special.
Pioneer Inn Cool spot to work an watch a game

Other Activities

In addition to awesome hiking, running, and riding, Boulder is blessed with an amazing amount of rocks with decent variety of rock type for cragging minutes from downtown. At one point in history, some might argue that the rocks around this town were a focal point for the advancement of American climbing. Still, these crags are rich with history. Today, with perhaps the exception of the high-end climber, nearly every climber can find something nearby to satisfy their climbing desires.

To learn more about rock climbing in Boulder, check out the Mountain Project page.

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Trails in Boulder - 154

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Boulder, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry - Rain/fog and the base. Snow expected this afternoon.
13 days ago
23 
2.2 mi 3.5 km
#2 Lion's Lair Trail
Boulder, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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11 
Coal Creek, CO
2.3 mi 3.7 km Coal Creek, CO
All Clear
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Dry
33 days ago
21 
0.7 mi 1.1 km
#4 Boy Scout
Boulder, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry - Rain/fog and the base. Snow expected this afternoon.
13 days ago
6.3 mi 10.1 km
#5 Mesa Trail
Boulder, CO
6.3 mi 10.1 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry - Rain/fog and the base. Snow expected this afternoon.
13 days ago
12 
Boulder, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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17 
Coal Creek, CO
1.2 mi 2.0 km Coal Creek, CO
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry
41 days ago
10 
0.9 mi 1.4 km
#8 Royal Arch Trail
Boulder, CO
0.9 mi 1.4 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry - Rain/fog and the base. Snow expected this afternoon.
13 days ago
Nederland, CO
1.9 mi 3.1 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
57 days ago
0.9 mi 1.5 km
#10 Viewpoint Trail
Boulder, CO
0.9 mi 1.5 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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Coal Creek, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 km Coal Creek, CO
All Clear
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Dry - Just enough moisture to keep the trail from being dusty.
13 days ago
18 
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#12 Shadow Canyon
Boulder, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Dry
96 days ago
Boulder, CO
0.3 mi 0.4 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry - Rain/fog and the base. Snow expected this afternoon.
13 days ago
1.4 mi 2.3 km
#14 Green Bear
Boulder, CO
1.4 mi 2.3 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry - Rain/fog and the base. Snow expected this afternoon.
13 days ago
2.2 mi 3.6 km
#15 Benjamin Loop
Boulder, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
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Dry, Some Mud - Very little mud. Dirt is most but well packed.
49 days ago
Boulder, CO
0.8 mi 1.2 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry - Rain/fog and the base. Snow expected this afternoon.
13 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#17 Red Rocks Spur
Boulder, CO
0.5 mi 0.8 km Boulder, CO
Unknown
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Boulder, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Boulder, CO
Minor Issues
Update
Mostly Dry, Some Mud
6 days ago
1.4 mi 2.2 km
#19 Fern Canyon
Boulder, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km Boulder, CO
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry - Rain/fog and the base. Snow expected this afternoon.
13 days ago
1.8 mi 2.9 km
#20 Bear Canyon Trail
Boulder, CO
1.8 mi 2.9 km Boulder, CO
Minor Issues
Update
Muddy, Snowy, Icy: Fairly snowy and icy in places that are shaded by the slower sun. The upper sections are mostly dry and more summer like.
6 days ago

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