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Mesa Trail

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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 views, easy hike, if you so choose

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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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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Golden, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Located near Eldorado Springs outside of Boulder, this is a nice trail with great views of the Flatirons. There are trails that branch off this trail (Towhee, Homestead, Shadow Canyon, Upper Big Bluestem) that provide varying degrees of difficulty and altitude gain. One of Boulder County's great, popular open space parks. Don't forget the sun block.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This hike is a great one to start if you are getting used to the altitude. However it is not easy in the sense that there are inclines and rocky parts. But in general, it's a gentle and absolutely gorgeous trail. Our group is 17 to 70's and we all had a wonderful time. Bring lunch, rain gear, and sunscreen.... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We wanted to go hiking but didn't want anything too long since we had limited time. We ended up at NCAR and took the trail toward fern canyon. There is lots of parking at NCAR, so that is good. Some other areas get really crowded. This trail is fairly flat so not too strenuous for out of towners. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Chautauqua Park is the best place to relax. Rent a cottage and never leave the park. Hike, Eat, Go to Concerts, all in one place.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

For something so close to town this trail is gorgeous. You can go as far as you want to make it a many hours long hike or just poke in for a little ways and still get great views. And you can branch off on other trails to gain some altitude. This hike can be as easy or strenuous as... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Nice and clearly marked trail with challenging slopes not too steep. I'm not a regular hiker so pleased I did so well. The views had a lot of variety from rock formations trees and meadows with a choice of other trails leading off the mesa trail.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Amazing views. Pack your lunch and don't forget your camera. Hike, climb, bike this trail will enspire

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Mojave, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Great place to walk with dogs. Uphill climb, with lots to see. Watch for coyotes and sometimes deer.

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Milan, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

You can make this trail really long or short depending on what other trials you follow. Our legs were done after this hike, we were still getting used to the altitude and it was hot and sunny. Be sure to take water and pace yourself!

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