March 17, 2017 // Community Guides

Quick & Easy Guide to 5 of Boulder's Top Hikes

Visiting Colorado? A free day and don’t know what to do? Well, the first day of Spring is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by putting on your hiking shoes and heading outdoors! Here’s a quick list of some of Boulder’s best hiking trails with the most rewarding views:



Chautauqua Mountain


By far the most famous hiking destination in Boulder is Chautauqua Mountain right off the corner of Baseline Road & 9th Street. Check out the Chautauqua Trail and the Bluebell-Baird Trail if you’re looking for an easy stroll with the kids and gorgeous views of the town of Boulder. Or if you’re up for the challenge, try one of the more famous trails known as the Royal Arch Trail. Starting at the end of Bluebell Road heading south, this trail passes the gorgeous Tangen Spring then sends you up a rockier road to bring you to the Royal Arch itself.  This is a stunning and very rewarding sight after the .8-mile-long trail. Parking is free at the base of the mountain.


Find a complete trail map here.



Mount Sanitas


Located 0.5 miles west of 4th Street on Mapleton Avenue is the trail head for Mount Sanitas, a moderate hike that is both dog and kid friendly. Perfect for a sunny day, this 3.3-mile loop is surrounded by beautiful wild flowers and evergreens. You end with an amazing birds-eye view of Boulder surrounded by the sandstone quarried for the original buildings on the CU campus! Parking is free in the Centennial trail head on the south side of Mapleton Avenue.


Find a complete trail map here.


Green Mountain


Although on the more difficult side, this 6-mile loop offers amazing views of the Flatirons, Indian Peaks, and wide panoramas at the top of Green Mountain. For the scenic route, head up Bluebell Trail to Gregory Canyon trail head. Only 3-4 hours, this hike allows plenty of shade, wild flowers, and even some wildlife (although amazing to see, try staying on path to avoid any dangerous chances of crossing paths with our furry friends!) Parking is free at the base of Chautauqua Mountain, located at the corner of Baseline Road & 9th Street.


Find a complete trail map here.


Realization Point


Well-loved and very clearly named, this 3.4-mile loop is perfect for a quick get away from the city. This easy/moderate hike starts about 3.5 miles up Flagstaff Road at the corner of Flagstaff Summit Road.  From the Realization Point off Flagstaff Summit Road, start with the Ute Trail and head toward the Range View Trail which offers views of the Front Range, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Boulder Mountain Parks. With these amazing views, you will be greeted by plenty of wildflowers and evergreens.


Find a complete trail map here.


Eldorado Canyon


Eldorado Canyon is an easy to moderate kid friendly hike that offers amazing views and some history! For the most scenic route, start with the Fowler Trail where you can spot rock climbers scaling the canyon walls. Fowler Trail will then lead you to the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail where you can explore the ruins of the old Crags Hotel built in 1908. It was accessed via an inclined railway from the canyon floor until it burned down in 1913. From the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail, you will travel to the continental divide overlook where numerous breath-taking views await. This 5-mile hike is located at 9 Kneale Road in Eldorado Springs, a short 20-minute drive from the heart of downtown Boulder. It can be accessed after paying an $8.00 parking fee which opens the door to many other trails in Eldorado Canyon!


Find a complete trail map here.



So get your hiking shoes out and head outdoors this Spring and Summer. The mountains are calling and what better way to answer than exploring mother nature herself!


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Marie Villa

Marie Villa

Marie Villa is the Digital Marketing Intern at WK Real Estate. With a passion for technology and social media, she is happy to assist agents in expanding their networks and navigating through the digital world.

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