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“Terrific views of the Rockies”
Review of Flagstaff Mountain

Flagstaff Mountain
Ranked #11 of 139 things to do in Boulder
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Owner description: Located close to downtown Boulder, this mountain offers climbing and hiking trails with sweeping views of the city.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Terrific views of the Rockies”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

First of all, if you decide to climb this peak, this is an 1100+ foot ascent from Baseline Road or Eben Fein Park, so be aware of your abilities if you want to get to the top that way. (Before you Fourteener addicts scoff at my mentioning that, yeah, I've been up most of those also, and you and I both know the problems caused when someone gets summit fever and outclimbs their training.) The trail is class 1 (well developed, non-techical) all the way, so you won't have trouble with that aspect, but it does require that you not be badly out of shape.

But you can also drive to the top during the summer, and the views of the Rockies are spectacular. Be sure to visit the historical amphitheater with the huge American flag floating above it that is visible from Boulder (Flagstaff Mountain - get it?), and poke around the rest of the park at the top to see what is there.

For peak-baggers who absolutely have to touch the summit - It is unmarked, and atop a rock formation in a wooded area above the nature trail at the top of the park. The spot is marked on an online trail map though not well enough to guide you there, so I assume that it is okay to visit it, but you are off-trail so tread lightly. A GPS can help you choose the summit from a couple of possibilities.

There is no fee to visit if you hike up from Chautaqua, or Eben Fein Park, but there are parking fees if you choose to drive.

Visited June 2011
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Loveland, Colorado
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“Take the time to make the drive”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

There is nothing more impressive, or beautiful than a drive up Flagstaff Mountain. Take the time, to stop at the turnouts, look around, breathe the fresh air, listen to the birds, maybe see a few deer, or even take a hike on a side trail. And take a picnic lunch. It's part of what makes Boulder, well, unique.

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Denver, Colorado
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“Hairpin turns and great views, but...”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

...the road on the back side leads to nowhere. Probably best in summer when you can get out and hike. Interestingly, we saw remnants of recent forest fire that, when covered with snow, looked quite stark and otherworldly.

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Winterport, Maine
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“Gread road for a nice drive!”
Reviewed 16 August 2011

Beautiful area and a nice short drive if you are looking for something short to do. Remember, to turn around at the top. We drove following the GPS and ended up taking a couple of dirt roads. They were not bad dirt roads, we were in a Toyota Camery and were fine. The dirt roads were beautiful though, more red dirt and out in the wild feel! Just Beautiful. Great for pictures!

Visited August 2011
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“Fantastic Sunsets”
Reviewed 30 March 2003

I lived on Flagstaff Mountain for two years...attended Fairview High. Flagstaff mountain offers the most unbelievable views over the Rocky Mountain divide and the wildlife is still abound...bears, deer and coyote. Fond memories are what I have of Flagstaff...hope to be back soon. I can still smell the wildflowers if I try....Sit up on Flagstaff during the 4th of July and you'll see a sight you'll never forget. Try to catch aurora borealis too! AWESOME...

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