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Address: Boulder, CO
Phone Number: 303-441-3440
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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 Run

One of the better trails for hiking and running in Boulder. Accessible from El Dorado Canyon or Chautaqua. Pretty mild on the hiking front but if you need a good and challenging... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

One of the better trails for hiking and running in Boulder. Accessible from El Dorado Canyon or Chautaqua. Pretty mild on the hiking front but if you need a good and challenging trail run do an out and back (using Eldorado or Chatauqua as your start/finish point). It will give you a good 12 miles round trip and plenty of... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The Mesa Trail from El Dorado Canyon to Chatauqua or from NCAR is perfect if you're looking for pretty hike that's not very demanding. Nice views of the Flatirons, cool walk through the woods. It's all well marked.

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Thank Ebo293
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Love the flatirons from this trail, great for family pictures or professional photography. Not as busy as other trails, good for kids and trail running. Stop and get some spring water in Eldorado Canyon before your hike!!

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Thank Rawma
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64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Several hiking options from NCAR and many parking spots. Took Mesa Trail to Chautauqua area. Approximately 5 miles or so round trip. Nice, easy hike with beautiful views. Flat enough to do trail running here. Well marked.

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Beautiful hike with trails for all abilities. Easy parking and access. Do a short mile to a lookout or go five miles on a longer loop. Clearly marked and nice condition trails.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is the number one hike in Boulder, the 7 miles may be completed in under three hours by either commencing north at the Chautauqua Trailhead or at the south Mesa Trailhead. Think about return transport whichever you direction choose. The ever changing terrain includes arid desert, thick growth forest and Boulder's famous rock formations. The trail provides great views... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is a beautiful part of Colorado and a lovely hike. Always fun to do, even if you only do part of it.

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Douglas, Wyoming
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The Mesa Trail begins at Chatauqua Park and continues along the base of the Flatirons rock formations to Eldorado Springs State park. This is a well-maintained trail.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful views everywhere on the trails. Yet, trail difficulty was not explained that well on the maps provided.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

You don't have to be dead tired when your finished here, hike between Chatauqua and NCAR, and even for an easy hike don't underestimate the effects of this elevation, bring enough water, if you feel suddenly thirsty, feel a headache coming on, or odd, you're becoming dehydrated.

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