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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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Sydney
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

It's mostly flat, but quite extensive. You won't get lost, and there is parking at various points. Get a trail map and get some exercise very close to Boulder in the foothills, not in the mountains.

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Boulder, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This is one of many trails accessible in Boulder so you can get some exercise, see beautiful scenery, enjoy the great outdoors without having to drive up into the mountains (that is fun, too!).

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Longmont, Colorado
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72 reviews 72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is a beautiful trail, challenging enough, but not too much for "sometimes" hikers. Take your time. Do visit NCAR before your hike.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

You can choose a variety of gorgeous hikes that you can get to right from town. You can hike the Mesa trail all day.....Love it.

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Highland Park, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is a great trail for someone who wants a relaxed hike with beautiful views. I did an early morning run on this trail, starting from NCAR and heading north, and it was breathtaking. I ended up on the Royal Arch Trail that branches off about 1.2 miles north of ncar, which I also highly recommend.

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Boulder, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

After years of hiking several miles from the Chautauqua trailhead, I took many enjoyable hikes from the south trailhead this past winter. Quiet, fewer people and dogs, great views and options for all abilities.

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colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

beautiful trail with varied topography watch for rattlesnakes in the hot weateher

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Boulder, Colorado
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

The "ambitious hikers" remark is nonsense. This is a long, but easy trail. You can walk as much or as little of it as you want. This is the most heavily used trail in the Boulder Mountain Park system -- wave to your friends and say hi. The north end of this trail is at Chautauqua Park. The south end... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

While it does take an uphill climb from the Chautauqua trail head, running on the well established Mesa Trail is a Boulder must. The trail is relatively flat and rocky in areas, but the views are great.

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Boulder, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

This is one of the reasons I moved to Boulder- the city really cares about trails and the experience of the people on them. Not just Mesa but many of our trails are spectacular, week to week, because they change with the seasons and the plants and the weather. This trail is a bit challenging in places but generally very... More

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