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Mesa Trail

Boulder, CO
303-441-3440
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Ranked #13 of 60 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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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Kansas City
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196 reviews 196 reviews
20 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Savannah, Georgia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
47 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Great views, enjoyed this hike with my son and his malamute. I took some great pictures. Would love to go back again soon.

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Boulder is blessed with the best of the Flatirons and the Rockies on the Mesa Trail running along the Foothills of the Rockies right on the edge of town. The trails are well maintained and the scenery is both Flatirons, ponderosa, fir, open meadows spring flowers and great viewing expanses of Boulder and points North and East. There is a... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We loved our hike on Mesa Trail. I've hiked it many times in the past, but this time was special because it snowed and it was just gorgeous. Some rock scrambles, but very doable for families.

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Boulder, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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