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Mesa Trail

Boulder, CO
303-441-3440
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Ranked #11 of 59 attractions in Boulder
Type: Hiking Trails, Trails
Description: 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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Boulder, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We enjoy hiking Mesa Trail, but usually do it as a loop rather than leaving cars at either end. The parking lot gets full fast, as this is a popular trailhead, so sometimes it is difficult to find a spot (although there is additional parking across the street). Some of the trails are more ambitious than others--not all are what... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

# hour - * mile hike that can be broken up into 4 mile hikes. Need to shuttle 2 cars at start and finish of choice

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Boulder, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

If you are wanting an easier hike, then he Mesa trail is for you. There is a gentle grade for most of the hike and some level spots too. If you feel more ambitious, you can hike all the way to NCAR. Or Eldorado. We like to leave a car at each end of the trail. It is about 6... More

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Grand Cayman
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241 reviews 241 reviews
66 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Lovely, easy trail out in the meadows next to the foothills. The views stretch for miles out to wards the parries, and up towards the rockies, the Flatirons, of course! Plenty of doggy friends to greet you but all well trained. Boulder requires their owners to have a little certificate! All community encouraged and supported! Even the Canada Geese on... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Really nice hiking off either NCAR or Chautauqua Park. NCAR option is less crowded and easy access to Bear Creek. Check on closures from flooding in Fall 2013 as some trails are closed for maintenance. There are a range of hikes for different levels.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had hiked the Flatirons and Arch on a previous trip to Boulder and wanted to do one or the other again, but were nervous about the Chautauqua trailhead being busy, so some friends recommended we start at NCAR and hike the Mesa Trail in instead and what a great recommendation! It not only added some additional time onto our... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

A very scenic hike with varied terrain and nice overviews of town. It's 6.8 miles, so leave a vehicle at one end if you want to hike the whole length, or do an out-and-back. Good wildflowers in May.

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Framingham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Good landscape you really need to get into interiors to enjoy. Have enough water as you feel the heat when sun is on you. Be prepared for your return as the trail keeps on going.

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Detroit, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Nice and easy trail for beginner hikers with variety of evergreen trees, wildflowers, rocks, views of city and opportunity to see wildlife.

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Boulder
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Where else can one find such a wonderful trail so close to a great city? One can do a short hike of an hour or a six hour hike from Eldorado north to Chautauqua. The hike is relatively easy once one reaches the Mesa trail (uphill to get there) with views of Boulder and the Flatirons above from many spots... More

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