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Woods Quarry

Intermediate
 4.3 (11)

Cool stone chairs and an awesome view reward those who climb this short, steep Mesa Trail detour.


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0.4

Miles

0.6

KM

Point to Point

6,359' 1,938 m

High

6,190' 1,887 m

Low

105' 32 m

Up

169' 52 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

When hiking the upper reaches of the Mesa Trail, consider this whimsical detour to visit sandstone recliners and take in great views. From the little stone house (Roosa Cabin) at the junction of the Mesa Trail and Woods Quarry Trail, head steeply uphill, using steps to ascend. Take the next left for a short out-and-back to reach the site of the former quarry. Here you'll find several fun seating options. Pretend you're Goldilocks and find the one that's juuust right!

After enjoying the views, retrace your steps north and continue the Woods Quarry Trail by going uphill briefly and then contouring the hillside. After some gentle downhill, arrive at an optional 3rd Flatiron viewpoint, about 50 yards off the trail where the Woods Quarry Trail turns east to join the Mesa Trail.

Historical notes: The quarry provided sandstone for Boulder's buildings and sidewalks in the 1890's before more conveniently located quarries forced it to close in 1920. The Roosa Cabin was once a homesteader's residence and was occupied as late as 1970.

Flora & Fauna

Ponderosa pines, wildflowers, deer.

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Megan W

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A well deserved rest!
Jun 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Braided trail at the start of the Woods Quarry Trail
Jun 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Descending the Woods Quarry Trail
Jun 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Lookout
Nov 8, 2019 near Boulder, CO

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Apr 25, 2020
Mike Kruger
some bushwhacking, but wonderful views 0.4mi
Jun 30, 2019
Sally Smith
Oct 19, 2018
Justin Olson
2.4mi
Oct 7, 2018
Lily Yawanis
May 26, 2018
Kayla N
May 5, 2018
Andrew Lau
Nov 26, 2017
Megan Phillips
beautiful 3mi
Nov 3, 2017
Gillian Scarborough