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Mesa Trail

Boulder, CO
+1 303-441-3440
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good for a quick jaunt

Mesa trail is fun and gives you access to a host of other trails in the Flatirons, but it is very... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
james l
Denver, United States

For the less experienced hiker or one who is not completely acclimated to the thinner air of... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Extending six miles with a 440-foot gain in elevation, this trail from Boulder to Eldorado Springs is for ambitious hikers only.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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+1 303-441-3440
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Mesa trail is fun and gives you access to a host of other trails in the Flatirons, but it is very, very crowded, especially during the Summer. If you are a tourist, it is worth walking this path to take in as much of the...More

Thank james l
Reviewed 19 July 2017

For the less experienced hiker or one who is not completely acclimated to the thinner air of Boulder, who wants to feel invigorated but not exhausted,I recommend starting this hike at NARS (leave a car at the bottom of the trail at Chautauqua). There is...More

Thank paigemcg
Reviewed 21 June 2017

What a clean and beautiful place! Definitely beats hiking crowded, littered Chautauqua any day! I would highly recommend hiking here over any other place in Boulder!

Thank Kendra B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A great trail. 6 miles 1 way, but you can shuttle cars, and can do part of. Especially nice in late spring and early summer. Wild flowers,some wild life. Take water!

Thank pegrich
Reviewed 22 May 2017

The mesa trail and its offshoots - South Mesa, Dowdy Draw, South Boulder Creek, Bear Creek, etc - are fantastic ways to get up in the Colorado foothills and see spring torrents and wildflowers. The mesa trail itself is well-marked, moderate, but with a few...More

Thank Jonah B
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Mesa Trail is one of my favorite trails in the Boulder region and I run it regularly. Its very diverse and suitable for hikers, runners and bikers. You can walk from Boulder to Eldorado Springs and grab an Uber back for hardly anything or...More

1  Thank marcuscarlaxel
Reviewed 4 November 2016

You can walk your dogs here, bike; skate ski when it snows. It is beautiful; Boulder is lucky. I live in south Boulder and we love this because it is so accesible. It's our Mt. Snitas trail.

Thank Linda Q
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We visited from Florida and enjoy outdoor activities so we went for a day hike. The trails are easy to navigate and you can go as far as 15 miles or as little as two. We took a 4 mile hike and I would rate...More

Thank Mindy T
Reviewed 11 September 2016

I like the Mesa Trail because it has something for everyone. There's adequate parking, and if the lot is full you can cross the road and park at another trailhead. There are picnic areas and restrooms. My Meetup group had a gathering there this morning...More

Thank Renee C
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The famous Mesa Trail is really great and the Devil's Thumb which is this giant rock is not far from it it's a great place and it's just wonderful to be here. It's very close to Eldorado Canyon.

Thank Prinster A
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