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“Great Addition to the Flatirons or Royal Arch Hike”
Review of Mesa Trail

Mesa Trail
Ranked #16 of 139 things to do in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Saint Charles, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Addition to the Flatirons or Royal Arch Hike”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had hiked the Flatirons and Arch on a previous trip to Boulder and wanted to do one or the other again, but were nervous about the Chautauqua trailhead being busy, so some friends recommended we start at NCAR and hike the Mesa Trail in instead and what a great recommendation! It not only added some additional time onto our hike, but the views and scenery were amazing. You can definitely hike the Mesa trail on its own as well and it's an easy hike suitable for children or new trail runners. Round trip from NCAR to the Arch is about 7 miles (my best guess) and took us (active people, but not experienced hikers) about 4 hours.

Visited August 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Mesa Trail”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

A very scenic hike with varied terrain and nice overviews of town.
It's 6.8 miles, so leave a vehicle at one end if you want to hike the whole length, or do an out-and-back. Good wildflowers in May.

Visited July 2013
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Framingham, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Good place for a beginner hiker”
Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Good landscape you really need to get into interiors to enjoy. Have enough water as you feel the heat when sun is on you. Be prepared for your return as the trail keeps on going.

Visited August 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Mesa Trail”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Nice and easy trail for beginner hikers with variety of evergreen trees, wildflowers, rocks, views of city and opportunity to see wildlife.

Visited May 2013
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Boulder
Level 6 Contributor
270 reviews
103 attraction reviews
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“Great trail near a great city”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Where else can one find such a wonderful trail so close to a great city? One can do a short hike of an hour or a six hour hike from Eldorado north to Chautauqua. The hike is relatively easy once one reaches the Mesa trail (uphill to get there) with views of Boulder and the Flatirons above from many spots on the trail. Done mid-week one can be alone for much of the walk. Also it's good for jogging and walking one's dog.

Visited May 2013
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