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Pines to Peak Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.0 mile 1.5 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 185' 56 m
Descent: -110' -33 m
High: 7,131' 2,173 m
Low: 6,947' 2,117 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Trevor Branch

A short loop high above Boulder with beautiful views of the valley below and mountains above.

Trevor Branch

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

It is part of Boulder County Parks & Open Space so the area is open from sunrise to sunset.

Description

This loop starts and ends in the parking lot for the Bald Mountain Scenic Area off of Sunshine Canyon Drive which is a well-marked trailhead on your left if you are coming from Boulder.

The singletrack rises gently away from the parking lot and picnic area up to the open summit of Bald Mountain. The trail begins through a thinly spaced ponderosa pine forest. After approximately 0.2 miles there is a split in the trail that begins the loop. Choose either direction and you'll return to that same point in about a mile. The mellow trail winds around as you approach the summit and views open up to the Great Plains below to the east, and the Continental Divide looming above you to the west. Continue along your chosen direction until you return to the parking lot/trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Ponderosa pine are the dominant flora you will see on this trail. Wildflowers can be spotted during the late spring and early summer. Plenty of deer and squirrels frequent this area and there have also been mountain lion sightings with warning signs at the start of the trail!

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed

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Oct 13, 2019
Sara Bularzik
very easy and short but nice views 1mi — 0h 35m
May 12, 2019
Jeff Weber
14h 12m
May 6, 2018
Jennifer Foster-Adams
looped it 2xs 2mi

Trail Ratings

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#12

in Boulder

#10586

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#12

in Boulder

#984

in Colorado

#10,586

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1,068 Since Nov 29, 2015
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View from summit showing Boulder and the backside of the Flatirons.
Nov 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Sun setting behind the mountains.
Nov 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO
The Contiental Divide in the distance.
Nov 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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