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This is a shady, less crowded way to access the trails of upper Chautauqua.


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0.5

Miles

0.7

KM

Point to Point

6,063' 1,848 m

High

5,798' 1,767 m

Low

265' 81 m

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11%

Avg Grade (6°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Starting from the junction with the Enchanted Mesa Trail near the stone bridge, the McClintock Upper Trail climbs steadily above Bluebell Creek. This creek caused much damage during the 2013 floods. Pause during your ascent to enjoy the grand views of Green Mountain and the Flatirons looming ahead. Wind through a huge grove of widely spaced ponderosa pines, keeping an eye out for deer and delicate wildflowers. There are innumerable embedded rocks and roots on the trail, but these obstacles are easily avoided. The grade increases noticeably just before the trail terminates at a T-intersection with the Mesa Trail. There are a handful of unmarked, fainter side trails near the top of McClintock Upper Trail- these are mostly forestry access paths and can be ignored.

Historical note: the McClintock Trails were named after the Chautauqua Park board member (Henry McClintock) whose family donated funds for interpretive trail signage.

Flora & Fauna

Ponderosa pine, deer, wildflowers.

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Megan W

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A snowy start of the Mesa Trail looking at the first Flatiron.
Apr 14, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado
Apr 26, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Great views of the Flatirons from this section of the Mesa Trail
Jun 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Near the intersection of Mesa and BlueBell Trail in Chautaqua Park.
Jul 20, 2020 near Boulder, CO
Stellar's Jay
Apr 26, 2015 near Boulder, CO
McClintock Upper
Dec 30, 2023 near Boulder, CO

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Dec 29, 2023
Brandy Coffey
Aug 14, 2023
Laura Karr
I saw a bear 0.5mi
Apr 17, 2021
Marc D
Apr 25, 2020
Mike Kruger
real fun. Lydia's suggestion. 0.5mi
Jul 14, 2019
Matt Culpepper
Second half of the Enchanted Mesa Loop with portion of the Mesa Trail as a connector. 0.8mi
Jul 31, 2018
Rebecca Falgoust
Jul 30, 2017
Amanda Liles
Jun 3, 2017
Jasper S
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