This is one of the few long trails you will find in the Front Range that is reasonably flat (though not perfectly so; take note of that) and still provides some great views of the mountains. It extends from Chautauqua, just off Baseline Road on the west end of Boulder, south about seven miles to the South Mesa Trailhead on Eldorado Drive (Route 170). Though I've always done this as a round trip from one end or the other, it would also make a fine two-car shuttle hike with a friend if you wish to cut the round trip distance in half. Along the way you will get grand views of the Flatirons, Bear Peak, locally famous formations such as Devil's Thumb, and other scenery in sufficient quantity to use up a lot of memory in your digital camera.
There is no fee for taking the trail itself or for parking at the north trailhead, but there is a modest fee for parking at the south end.
Warning: Take lots of water! The altitude, coupled in the summer with Boulder's heat and blazing sun, can suck the moisture right out of you. I once got dangerously dehydrated on a round trip on this trail under those conditions when I thought two 24 ounce water bottles would be enough. Dumb! You won't find any water along the way, unless you beg it off another hiker.
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