CU Loop, Boulder: Hike details
Formerly a gravel quarry, this gentle 2.1 mile flat path loops around a nice meadow and is perfect for dog walking as well. There is a little pond along the route, a creek and horses.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Terrain: flat, gravel
Trailhead: Heading east on Table Mesa Drive from NCAR, cross Broadway and take a right onto South Loop Drive (last right before the on-ramp to 36 East) and head right at the fork onto a dirt road and parking area.
Hike: CU Loop, Boulder
Doudy Draw, Boulder: Hike details
Doudy Draw is a personal favorite, it is so picturesque it looks like a screensaver! There is some gentle sloping and the occasional mountain biker. Parts of the trail are narrow (single track) with a few rocks.
You can treat this as an out and back hike and cater the time to suit your needs or there is a great loop option. For the loop, stay right at the junction after 1.2 miles and head towards Spring Brook Loop. You can take Spring Brook North or Spring Brook South to make a loop and bring you back to the junction with Doudy Draw. With the loop, the total distance roundtrip is 5.3 miles.
Time: 2-3 hours
Terrain: Easy to moderate, flat to sloping
Trailhead: 1.8 miles west of Highway 93 on Eldorado Springs Drive (Highway 170).
(no dogs allowed on Spring Brook South, you can take Spring Brook North and double back if you want to bring Fido)
Hike: Doudy Draw, Boulder
Mesa Trail, Boulder: Hike details
Ahh, the Mesa Trail: Pride of Boulder. The variations and offshoots of this trail are limitless. The considerations would be some loose rock and occasional ruts in the trail to look out for. It is gently sloping and narrow in some places, but overall very accessible. I offer a couple options below:
From the South Marshall trailhead on Eldorado Springs Drive, follow signs towards the Homestead Trail. After 1.3 miles, take a left onto Shadow Canyon South for a small loop. After 0.4 miles you can take a right to head back to the Mesa Trail heading south (2 rights in a row here, make sure you get back on the Mesa Trail heading away from the Flatirons, downhill). Follow signs for the Mesa Trail for another 1.6 miles and it will lead you back to the trailhead parking lot, for a total hike of 3.6 miles.
Another option would be to park at the intersection of Lehigh Street and Lafayette Drive in South Boulder. The trailhead is on Lehigh Street. Stay right and head straight uphill towards the Flatirons for 1.3 miles on North Fork Shanahan. Then at the map kiosk, take a right onto the Mesa Trail. You can stay on the Mesa Trail for another 1.7 miles to visit NCAR and turn around, for 6 miles roundtrip. Please note there are narrow, rutted portions of this hike and I would be cautious after precipitation.
Hike: Mesa Trail, Boulder
Hike: Teller Farm, Boulder
Teller Farm, Boulder: Hike details
This is a beautiful, flat and safe hike for every trimester and fitness level. Off leash dogs are permitted but look out for cattle, prairie dogs and horses grazing.
You can begin at the South Teller Lake trailhead and walk 2.1 miles winding around the pastures and lake until you reach the parking area at North Teller Lake trailhead. You can turn around and retrace your steps for a total hike of 5.2 miles.
Time: 2 hours
Terrian: flat, gravel
Trailhead: South Teller Lake trailhead
on the north side of Arapahoe Road between 75th and 95th streets.
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This section provides detailed information about local hikes in and around Boulder, providing average duration, hike intensity, details of any sections prone to loose earth and some images.
As always, check with your care provider before physical activity if you have any concerns. More to come!