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Mesa Trail

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Address: Boulder, CO
Phone Number: 303-441-3440
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Description: Extending six miles with a 440-foot gain in elevation, this trail from...
Extending six miles with a 440-foot gain in elevation, this trail from Boulder to Eldorado Springs is for ambitious hikers only.
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Great Trail!

Just a wonderful hike. Be sure to wear hiking boots and be prepared for the weather! Things change rapidly around here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Just a wonderful hike. Be sure to wear hiking boots and be prepared for the weather! Things change rapidly around here.

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This trail runs north to south, between Chautauqua and Eldorado Canyon. It is a little over 6 miles in length. Provides magnificent views of the Flatirons and the vast prairie to the east. It's best if you can arrange a shuttle, but just out and back from any trail-head (one at NCAR is near the half way point between Chautauqua... More 

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Erie, Colorado
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We made our first visit to Marshall Mesa on a warm (60-degree) windy, sunny Sunday in January. Access is from the parking area off Eldorado Springs Drive (Route 170). Parking is free if your vehicle is registered in Boulder County (compliance is checked by license plates). There are toilets in the parking lot. There is no public drinking water supply... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a good place to hike if you are not up for a drive up into the mountains. There are any number of places you can start your hike, and they are all nice.

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Boulder, Colorado
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357 reviews 357 reviews
99 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I hike the Mesa Trail 2-3 times a week, two hours each time. The trail is well maintained and never crowded. A lot of varied terrain, both in the sun and shade. Lots of sitting rocks. Great views from certain points. I believe it is voice & sight (no leash) for dogs, and one gets to meet some very nice... More 

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Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It's an easy hike and the views are beautiful. The terrain is varied and you go through woods and open areas. Chautauqua at one end and NCAR are both worth exploring. It's an attraction you should not miss.

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Boulder, CO USA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I really like the Mesa trail, especially once I get south of NCAR. That is when the casual "walkers" drop off. Then you start to be able to enjoy the solitude. The scenery is great. From Chatauqua Park to NCAR is a popular stretch and is well maintained. Actually, it is all well maintained but that stretch more so. From... More 

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Shawnee, Kansas
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222 reviews 222 reviews
21 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a pretty easy place to hike. Parking can be limited. Always meet interesting people when I've hiked here. Nice trails, but not very strenuous.

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Amherst
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I wanted to hike Walker Ranch loop but Baseline road was closed up to Flagstaff. So I stopped at Chatauqua park and hiked the Mesa trail - beautiful and you can hike up to 14 miles on this trail (7 out & back). I hiked 5 miles and every bit of it was scenic.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I started at Chautauqua Park and ran and hiked for about 7 miles to the South Mesa Trailhead. It was a moderate hike with great views and reasonable trails. I did see a fox with prey in its mouth walk right by me on the trail... Great hike to choose if you have limited time in Boulder!

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