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A switchbacking trail that leads from the bottom of Skunk Canyon to the Mesa Trail.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Point to Point

6,262' 1,909 m

High

5,715' 1,742 m

Low

548' 167 m

Up

2' 0 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

Access this trail from the NIST Service Road or from NCAR - Skunk Canyon trail.

Skunk Canyon Trail switchbacks its way up the hillside above the creek through exposed grassland. After an initial set of switchbacks, the trail begins to contour further into the canyon. On your right, you'll pass the Skunk Canyon Spur that leads up to Kohler Mesa. Continue on Skunk Canyon and enjoy the change in scenery (and shade) as you enter the woods. Push up the hill and eventually you'll intersect with the Mesa Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Grasslands transition into dense (for Colorado frontrange) forest.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

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Trail Rankings

#657

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#8,416

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Photos

Coyote along the Skunk Canyon Trail
Dec 16, 2014 near Boulder, CO
View of NCAR from up on the Mesa Trail near Kohler branch.
Jul 5, 2023 near Boulder, CO
Looking out to U. Colo. Boulder from Mesa Trail.
Jul 20, 2020 near Boulder, CO
Wildflowers and butterflies are plentiful along portions of Mesa Trail during the spring and early summer months.
Dec 24, 2014 near Boulder, CO
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Aug 14, 2023
Laura Karr
Grass was a bit overgrown, up to my waste — 1h 00m
Feb 12, 2022
Jody Rae
Dec 15, 2021
Jody Rae
Jan 19, 2020
J Nicoll
Beautiful January day. 4.3mi
Aug 26, 2019
Diana Bertuol-Garcia
May 5, 2019
Jack Friesen
May 26, 2018
Kayla N
Nov 11, 2017
Paul Snyder
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