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“Main Street of Boulder Hikes”
Review of Mesa Trail

Mesa Trail
Ranked #16 of 138 things to do in Boulder
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Owner description: Extending six miles with a 440-foot gain in elevation, this trail from Boulder to Eldorado Springs is for ambitious hikers only.
Boulder, Colorado
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59 reviews
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“Main Street of Boulder Hikes”
Reviewed June 9, 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 is a trailhead on Eldorado Springs Drive. Many trails branch off from this one.

If you care, cell phone coverage is very good on the Mesa Trail.

Visited May 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Getting there is the hardest part”
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.

Visited May 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Take time to see what Boudler is really about”
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 easy and fun for most ages.

Visited May 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
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“One of my favorite areas to walk with my dog.”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

There are so many trails with varying levels of difficulty. One can hike their for months and never have to do the same trail twice. My son likes to go up to the boulders and put together benches. It is beautiful and not crowded.

Visited March 2012
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Great warmup trail if you're still acclimating to altitude”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

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.

Visited July 2011
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