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I really enjoy this trail. It’s easy, breezy and sleazy.

This was a nice little hike. Despite having burned 6 months ago, many of the shrubs are growing back. We saw tons of large-flowered phacelias blooming, also lots of common goldstars, caterpillar phacelias, fringed pink, poppies, blue dicks, and a few whispering bells and elegant clarkia. The trail is on a south facing slope so it's fairly exposed, though there are big boulders in places that provide shade. It's a great hike for late in the day after the sun sets behind the hill. The trail is well maintained and we only saw a little poison oak that was growing back at the ground from where it was cut recently. We passed a just a few other hikers here even though it was Memorial Day. No complaints!

Easy trail with amazing views of the Flatirons.

Nice to walk by the creek and around lakes— you can add more loops to make the hike longer if you want. Pretty prairie area with flowers and birds

The cows made my day! Nice views otherwise.

hiking
14 days ago

It was so beautiful!! Near the end we saw the cows drinking from a pond close to the trail. It’s free for people who live in Boulder. If you don’t, you’ll have to pay a $5 fee. Just make sure you bring some cash. I didn’t but luckily my friend did.

Very nice loop near the Colorado School of Mines campus. Would highly recommend to students looking for a walk to do in between classes.

Good for hiking with the dog. Heads up, you have to pay a parking fee if you don't have Boulder county plates(sorry guys!)

one of my favorites. great views. relaxing

mountain biking
1 month ago

excellent to get back into riding after the winter months, take it easy and enjoy the view!

Want to experience aloneness and quiet, do this one on a hot day! Lots of switchbacks but not very difficult. Fun to see the regrowth from last year’s Thomas fire. If your a runner, this would be a good trail.

Our first hike here in Boulder. Nice view, saw some prairie dogs. Pretty easy, which was what we were looking for.

Very easy trail through meadows and into an arroyo; great for dogs, children, bird-watchers, etc. Lots of mountain bikers though as this trail connects to several others, such as Dowdy Draw where dogs aren’t allowed.

it's really beautiful and not too long or difficult. really amazing view from arch and I recommend going slow because the trail itself is magic. perfect for beginners also.

This is a great trail for a family, especially with a small child. He did great throughout with only a few stops. The weather was perfect and the trail was not busy. We had to step aside a few times for bikes but everyone was ultra friendly. If you don’t live in Boulder county there is a $5 fee at the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad walk. Minimal elevation changes, it's as wide as an access road, so having to squeeze and losing the trail are not an issue. There are picnic tables at the end (in the sun), and one bench (in the shade mid-day). Pretty light blue lake, which you can see the whole way.

Decided to go before the sun went down and super glad I did. There wasn’t many people on the trail. It was quiet and peaceful the view is amazing and is really easy to get to.

Great trail with incredible views of the Flatirons; the wildflowers were beautiful. We ended up taking a wrong turn and walking on the Doudy Draw Trail; that was stunning but had much more elevation. Definitely worth the total 8 mile trip. The return on the South Loop was a bit tough because of large sections of loose rocks/gravel. But the meadows/ponderosa were lovely. Overall a great experience.

great easy hike. Flat most of the way. beautiful wildflowers!!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail, beautiful views. I just wanted to keep going! My son and I did this today and we liked it. Not hard. We hiked in and out in about an 8.5 mile trip. We will definitely do more exploring next time!! Lots of mountain bikers but everyone was soo friendly! A beautiful day to experience the outdoors!!

trail running
2 months ago

Great nice trail with copious wild flowers out right now. Path is rocky and loose, but with some great smooth sections. Take the Prairie Loop for a great single track and path with great views.

This hike was beautiful! All the wildflowers are in bloom. Easy hike. Lots of dogs and kids.

Beautiful hike! The wildflowers are out. Fairly easy hike with great views.

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy loop, even first .7 miles to the top, under 12 mins.
4.4 miles @3.9 mph 1:07
It's a very short loop, had to add a little extra mileage, took to Westlake Blvd and back to the loop, bring it to 4.4 miles. Still short with add. It's beautiful in the spring when its green, not so much now that it's dead and brown. Nice wide trails makes it easy to spot snakes well ahead of time on warmer days. No shade on this trail. There are several trails in this area that link together, make your own route...

So beautiful! Awesome mountain views with lots of wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views and all the wildflowers!

Easy, relaxing and beautiful.

Great hike, Kylie, Oakley and I enjoyed the afternoon.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike if you enjoy something calm and easy that will give you a beautiful view of the lake! I recommend it if you’re with kids or have bad knees. Not much incline and it’s a steady hike. Would come back again!

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty in the spring, after rains. Wildflowers. Kind of steep in some places on the way up. About a mile up you arrive at an expansive field with offshoot trails. Dog, kid and mountain bike friendly. Plenty of parking at entrance.

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