First and Second Flatiron Hike is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and rock climbing and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Highway 36: Take the Baseline Road exit and travel west toward the mountains. Follow Baseline Road 1.5 miles passed the entrance for Chautaugua Park to the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. Turn left into the parking lot on a dirt road. A parking fee is charged at this trailhead for vehicles not registered in Boulder County or not displaying a Boulder Resident Permit. Permits can be obtained at the trailhead or at the Chautaugua Park Rangers Cottage.
Great views of Boulder.
Somewhat strenuous for your average hiker. Make sure you have micro-spikes or at least hiking boats since much of the ground is covered in ice/snow this time of year.
Gorgeous hike, the view at the top is completely worth it.
solid trail for a short hike with people visiting from lower elevations. Not too difficult if you're in good condition and take your time.
Breathtaking view at the top! Not hard but easily get off trail. when you get to the top, there is a side trail behind the rocks (easy to miss) to take you to an open area with great view, and perfect for a picnic. It took us 2 and half hours round trip with small kids in our group. Will come back again!
If your looking to pack in a great hike hike in a short period of time, this is it. Close to town and depending upon which route you choose, this hike could be easy or hard. It has great views of Boulder and The Flatirons.
Heads up - tried to hike on Wednesday October 19 and there was a sign for closures on Wednesdays and Thursdays due to trail overuse.
Pretty awesome and can be done in a short amount of time. We went up the trail to the second flatiron in about an hour but didn't have time to do the first being we had to be at the airport. Will for sure go back
Just finished this hike, wasn't too bad at all. The views are wonderful. However it's a high traffic trail, which makes it difficult to find your zen. Overall it's a great morning hike.
Beautiful trail very rewarding
Great hike! Nice crew rebuilding the trail.
Very crowded and lots of impacted areas from people cutting the switchbacks but a beautiful area none the less
Great trail! Went up on a Saturday morning. Pretty crowded but everyone was super nice! Boulder is making repairs so the trail is closed two days per week. Make sure to check the signs on the bottom before you go up.
Challenging, but well worth it!
Fun, but steep hike. Lots of beautiful views of CU Boulder and downtown Denver as you ascend. There are some areas of exposure and shade, but more importantly, watch your step as you reach the boulder fields. The trail is definitely packed on the weekends, so just go at off-times (sunrise/set, winter, etc) and you'll be fine.
Beautiful little hike