Second-Third Flatiron Mesa Loop
ElevationAscent: 716' 218 m
Descent: -713' -217 m
High: 6,397' 1,950 m
Low: 5,702' 1,738 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“See the Flatirons up close and get a quick tour of the varied terrain accessible from the Chautauqua Trailhead.”— Zach Tucker
During the winter, many of the steeper sections of the trail ice over and microspikes should be considered mandatory.
Before long, the 1st/2nd Flatiron trail joins in from the right - you continue going straight and will cross a short talus field. After the talus field, you'll arrive at the base of the 2nd Flatiron... you might see climbers starting their ascent from the trail here!
Not long after passing the 2nd Flatiron, you'll start losing elevation and will pass the 3rd Flatiron Climber's Access trail on the trail. Continue downhill until you reach an intersection with the Royal Arch Trail and turn left. When you reach the small shelter (no facilities) at the intersection with Bluebell Road, turn left and go up a few wood steps to join the Bluebell-Baird Trail again.
Cross the small clearing on the Bluebell-Baird Trail and then turn right onto the Bluebell Mesa trail, shortly after re-entering the trees. When the Bluebell Spur trail joins from the right, you'll swing to the left and pop out of the trees, giving you a great view of the whole Chautauqua. At the end of the Bluebell Mesa trail, turn right back onto the Chautauqua Trail and follow it to the trailhead.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Flora & Fauna, History & Background
Land Manager: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks
Jan 9, 2020: Boulder Area Trails App
Sep 27, 2019: Expedited Review of Prairie Dogs in Irrigated Lands
May 8, 2019: Wonderland Lake Integrated Site Project (ISP)