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Red Rocks Trail

Intermediate

Trail

0.6 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 197' 60 m
Descent: -133' -40 m
High: 5,662' 1,726 m
Low: 5,465' 1,666 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A wide and steep trail leading to fun and scenic rock formations.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail starts at the small parking area on the north side of Canyon Blvd. (across from Eben G. Fine) and ends at the Mount Sanitas Trail. The Red Rocks Spur trails split off of this trail right near the trailhead, about midway through and again at the end. The trail climbs steeply up to a saddle by way of an eroded fall line path, and then descends on a wide dirt access road. There are a few water bars on the south facing pitch that will get the quads burning.

Scramble around the rocks at the top for some great views of Boulder!

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Aug 30, 2019
Sophia Pang
Apr 8, 2019
Harold H
Best view/hike ratio anywhere. 0.5mi
Sep 12, 2018
Sophia Vancouver
Easy trail to fun rock scrambles and view of Boulder 09/12/18 0.6mi
Sep 9, 2018
Miranda Baker
Jun 11, 2018
Jessica Zacarias
Jun 3, 2018
Justin Ziniel
0.6mi
Jul 10, 2017
Jennifer Jacobsen
Went with Stacy. Muggy.
May 5, 2017
Aviva Isenberg
1.2mi

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  3.8 from 10 votes

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#697

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Photos

Hills while going up Anemone from Red Rocks
Jun 23, 2018 near Boulder, CO
Red Rocks on the way back down.
Jun 23, 2018 near Boulder, CO
The Red Rocks tower above as you approach from the Canyon Blvd parking lot.
Apr 12, 2017 near Boulder, CO
The start of Sunshine Canyon just south of the Trailhead
Nov 1, 2019 near Boulder, CO

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