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372 mi 599 km of trail 29 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 161 Trails Intermediate Trails 58 Trails Hard Trails 4 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.

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.

Gems in Boulder - 2

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gem Favorite Colorado is THIS AWESOME!

Royal Arch

(76) Boulder, CO
gem Favorite Hills while going up Anemone from Red Rocks

Red Rocks

(23) Boulder, CO

Featured Hikes in Boulder - 28

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Favorite Bear Peak panorama
Intermediate/Difficult

Bear Peak Out and Back

5.7 mi 9.2 km • Out and Back • 2,541 ft Ascent 774.37 m Ascent

(108) Boulder, CO
Favorite Hills while going up Anemone from Red Rocks
Difficult

Boulder Skyline Traverse

16.3 mi 26.3 km • Point to Point • 5,409 ft Ascent 1648.56 m Ascent

(72) Superior, CO
Favorite Sunrise from Mt Saintas
Intermediate

Sunshine Lion's Lair Loop

5.3 mi 8.5 km • Loop • 1,261 ft Ascent 384.48 m Ascent

(104) Boulder, CO
Favorite A snowy start of the Mesa Trail looking at the first Flatiron.
Intermediate/Difficult

Royal Arch Out and Back

3.3 mi 5.3 km • Out and Back • 1,311 ft Ascent 399.74 m Ascent

(146) Boulder, CO
Favorite South Boulder Creek
Intermediate/Difficult

Walker Ranch

7.6 mi 12.3 km • Loop • 1,594 ft Ascent 485.95 m Ascent

(119) Coal Creek, CO
Favorite The "sighting disc" at the top of Green Mountain.  Line up the pins so you know what mountain you're looking at.
Intermediate/Difficult

Green Mountain via Ranger/Saddle Rock Loop

4.9 mi 7.9 km • Loop • 2,305 ft Ascent 702.5 m Ascent

(77) Boulder, CO
Favorite Sunrise from Mt Saintas
Intermediate/Difficult

Mount Sanitas Loop

3.2 mi 5.2 km • Loop • 1,281 ft Ascent 390.4 m Ascent

(103) Boulder, CO
Favorite Cruising along Benjamin Loop, look off to the side to enjoy great views.
Intermediate

Betasso Preserve

6.7 mi 10.7 km • Loop • 776 ft Ascent 236.5 m Ascent

(60) Boulder, CO

Trails in Boulder - 194

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0.6 mi 1.0 km #1First-Second Flatiron Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Boulder, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
0.6 mi 1.0 km Boulder, CO 45 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #2Rattlesnake Gulch Trail
Intermediate
Coal Creek, CO
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Coal Creek, CO 47 
6.3 mi 10.1 km #3Mesa Trail
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
6.3 mi 10.1 km Boulder, CO 28 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #4Lion's Lair Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Easy/Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.5 km Boulder, CO 17 
3.1 mi 5.0 km #5Eldorado Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Coal Creek, CO
Intermediate
3.1 mi 5.0 km Coal Creek, CO 37 
1.4 mi 2.3 km #6Green Mountain West Ridge
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.3 km Boulder, CO 29 
1.2 mi 2.0 km #7Forsythe Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Coal Creek, CO
Easy/Intermediate
1.2 mi 2.0 km Coal Creek, CO 20 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #8Mount Sanitas Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Boulder, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
1.3 mi 2.1 km Boulder, CO 18 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #9Ceran Saint Vrain Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Easy/Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.1 km Nederland, CO 12 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #10Royal Arch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Boulder, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
0.9 mi 1.4 km Boulder, CO 14 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #11Boy Scout
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.1 km Boulder, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #12Shadow Canyon
Difficult
Boulder, CO
Difficult
1.1 mi 1.8 km Boulder, CO 12 
1.4 mi 2.2 km #13Fern Canyon Trail
Difficult
Boulder, CO
Difficult
1.4 mi 2.2 km Boulder, CO 13 
0.8 mi 1.2 km #14Mallory Cave Trail
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.2 km Boulder, CO 11 
0.4 mi 0.6 km #15Woods Quarry
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Boulder, CO 11 
3.2 mi 5.2 km #16Canyon Loop
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
3.2 mi 5.2 km Boulder, CO 13 
1.4 mi 2.3 km #17Green Bear
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.3 km Boulder, CO
0.3 mi 0.4 km #18South Boulder Peak
Intermediate/Difficult
Boulder, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
0.3 mi 0.4 km Boulder, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km #19Skunk Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.2 km Boulder, CO
1.2 mi 2.0 km #20Gregory Canyon
Intermediate
Boulder, CO
Intermediate
1.2 mi 2.0 km Boulder, CO

Photos of Boulder - 541

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Foothils sunset
Apr 8, 2015 near Superior, CO
The Third Flatiron from near the top of the First-Second Flatiron Trail
Oct 1, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Boulder Reservoir
Feb 18, 2015 near Gunbarrel, CO
Sunrise from Mt Saintas
Nov 3, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Experience impeccable views from Sugarloaf Mountain.
May 28, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Hills while going up Anemone from Red Rocks
Jun 23, 2018 near Boulder, CO
A snowy start of the Mesa Trail looking at the first Flatiron.
Apr 14, 2015 near Boulder, CO
South Boulder Creek
Oct 31, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO

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