Shanahan Ridge Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, CO and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Easy trail takes you up through the open space along Shanahan Ridge. A North and South Fork allows for loops of various length. The trail system intersects with South Mesa Trail and provides access to the Shadow Canyon and Fern Gulch trails to Bear and South Boulder Peaks.
Very nice trail with the family and dog. Easy to hike with great scenery. Trail connects with other trails to make longer if you wish.
Beautiful hike! Steady climb, nicely maintained wide trails with great views of the Devils Thumb.
An easy (IMO), quick trail close to Boulder. Went on a Monday morning and only saw a couple other hikers, which is great for a Boulder area hike. No mountain bikers allowed to use this trail system, also a bonus. Made a 7.5 mile loop today starting at the Homestead trail. I preferred the landscape/scenery on that side of the hike. This trail system is very well maintained and there are lots of options to vary the length and difficulty of your hike.
For hikers who hike higher elevations, I'm sure this trail was easy. For those of us trying to get in shape, not so easy. The first part is a bit rocky. I went counter clockwise. It was a steady incline and then a steeper incline. It was a pretty trail. Very well marked.
Very pretty meadows.
Great hike. Steep elevation at first getting up to the ridge, North Shanahan Trail is more moderate IMO. The rest was great.
I haven't hiked in over ten years, but this trail was an excellent way to get back into it. I was pleased to see very few people and the trail was beautifully maintained. It would truly be hard to get lost, if you know how to read a map.
A fairly decent local loop trail close to town, it has some elevation gain. It can be combined with any number of trails that branch off of the Mesa trail but doing North/Mesa/South loop is more like 4-5 miles vs 2 reported here. Views of Flatirons and Boulder are possible.
Went with husband, 3 year old and 1 year old. Both were able to walk most of trail. Lots of wild flowers, late May.