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Chautauqua Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (7)

The centerpiece of the Chautauqua meadows trails.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Point to Point

6,144' 1,873 m

High

5,701' 1,738 m

Low

443' 135 m

Up

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Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Starting from the main trailhead at Chautauqua, this trail ascends towards the majestic flatirons. Try to peel your eyes away from these awe-inspiring geologic formations enough to watch your step. This is one of the most used trails in the whole park so it is wide and mostly smooth. As you gain elevation, take a look back to the east and admire Boulder from above.

This trail provides access to Ski Jump Trail, Bluebell-Baird Trail and the Flatirons Loop Trail.

Flora & Fauna

This trail runs straight through the heart of Chautauqua meadows. Due to the proximity of the parking lot and other infrastructure, you'll most likely only see various birds, most of which will be Magpies. The tall grasses of the meadow give this trail an enchanted feel.

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Brian Smith

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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Photos

Morning at the Flatirons.
Apr 26, 2015 near Boulder, CO
First snow of the year in the Flatirons.
Sep 22, 2016 near Boulder, CO
This is how you know a run/hike is going to be good, right from the get go. Flatirons from Bluebell Road.
Dec 20, 2014 near Boulder, CO
The Flatirons as seen from Chatauqua Trail.
Dec 20, 2014 near Boulder, CO
Boulder Colorado - Winter Wonderland
Jan 2, 2015 near Boulder, CO
There is a nearly constant stream of people most times of the day on the main Chautauqua Trail
Jun 17, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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