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trail was snowy so we walked the road up. saw a herd of deer! pretty hike and really easy.

Today we did the Canyon Loop. It had quite a bit of snow but it was well packed so no need for snowshoes. There were some muddy spots. This was an easier hike.

We did this on New Year's Day after fresh snow and the views were absolutely stunning. My favorite Boulder trail that week. Added the Chapman loop to it.

trail running
12 days ago

If you have bad knees, I would advise avoiding this trail. It is extremely rocky after the initial part. The elevation gain is about 1000 feet, and so it was slow going for me. Also, there were a lot of mountain bikers that I had to yield to. But this is a good challenge with the elevation and rockiness. I went about 3 miles in, so all of the Wapiti Trail and the west side of the loop up to the highest point before going back. There is decent shade after the initial rise, but not many good views.

hiking
14 days ago

First time on this trail, not too crowded. I went just before sunset which turned out to be perfect for this hike! Depending which way you take the trail, Good views of the sun setting over the peaks and deer coming out to graze!

hiking
17 days ago

Easy hike, not a lot of tree coverage. Rating as a 3 for not having any spectacular views.

Pit toilets at the trail head were clean.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy trail that offers very nice views of the mountains to the west. You can go out and back or take the trail down to Chapman Drive (dirt road) and take it back up to the Realization Point parking lot where you started.

Please note that the last 1/4 of the loop is skiers only. They were kind as we snowshoed past them not realizing this, but did mention it to us. No where on this app does it say anything about this. If we had turned around it would have almost doubled our trip length and we were too tired to do so. Also, it clocked as 7 miles not 6 miles. Fortunately, on a weekday, it was not too busy , so we did not disrupt too many people.

Great scenery and plenty of snow.

We hiked with a five and ten year old with light snow on the ground and it was awesome.

cool hike. easy climb. nice views. with parking at the start and place for bikes.
couple of days after snowy day can be muddy, better wait the few dry weather days

Perfect easy trail for a long walk in the woods, or a nice run. We found it to be absolutely enchanting. There were some patches of ice, but not enough to require spikes or boots.

trail running
1 month ago

Ran this trail yesterday. The parking lot only had one car in it when I arrived at noon and about five when I finished 1hr27min later. Saw a few couples hiking and one MTB. This was a fun trail - not too difficult. I tend to go counter-clockwise. So, if you’re going counter-clockwise then you’ll start going downhill all the way through the back side of Jefferson Loop. It isn’t until you get back on Canyon Loop where you start to climb back up. I didn’t do the 1/4 mile detour to the road as shown on the map. So, 7.1mile with 672 feet of climb.

on Bobolink Trail

1 month ago

Easy relaxed hike.

Lyons. Limited big vistas but a nice trail. Mountain bikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Should have been closed due to mud. Was wayyyyyy bad and unpleasant. Beautiful trail otherwise!

hiking
1 month ago

I went a couple days ago with a friend and my 3 year old. The beginning of the hike was snow packed I think it was about 1030 am. Wishing we would’ve gone earlier in the day because by the time we were on the back end of the loop the snow began melting (was a beautiful 50 some degrees) and it began to get Really muddy and slippery. I would suggest hiking poles and going earlier rather than later in the day

hiking
2 months ago

Visiting Boulder from New Jersey, and a few hours after landing my friends and I did this trail. Absolutely stunning scenery. Easy enough considering we are not used to the altitude. We decided to go farther and do the Chapman Dr trail which loops back into the same parking lot that we started for tenderfoot! Nice little hike with beautiful views, I would love to do it again!

Nice easy day hike.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun to cruise through on a mountain bike. Perfectly smooth trail most of the time.

a lot of bikers. wouldn't recommend running here on the days bikes are allowed

trail running
2 months ago

Went for my second run here on 19 October. Fewer bikes on the trail than my previous trip. Weekday mornings seem to be a perfect time to run this trail.

Every biker I have passed on both trips has been considerate and riding responsibly.

The views are not intensely panoramic aside from the viewpoint at the far-point on Ponderosa, and a bit of a view of the flatlands beyond the foothills for a section of the Eastern side of Ponderosa Loop, but the meadows and forest sections are so tranquil and relaxing to run through.

I passed a group of deer about two miles in that felt inclined to stand 75 feet off the trail and watch me pass.

Hopefully running this again this week!

So so. Nothing special.

Moderate hiking. There is no spectacular view point but good to hike with young kids

walking
2 months ago

Good for a stroll. Calm and beautiful lakes. WAY too many dogs though for a non dog person. The west lake can be used by dogs off-leash.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun easy hike with amazing views

This is a lovely hiking and MTB trail. I had no issues sharing the trail with bikers as they were all very friendly and courteous. The views down the valley are gorgeous, especially in morning light. The Wapiti/Ponderosa/Wild Turkey Trail loop was easy/mod with sure footing and well-kept trails. I came across two handsome 8 point bucks on the north side. Nice views of Meeker and Longs Peak. Plentiful parking and vault toilets at the trail head. A real gem!

Great quick route to do some stairs and elevation gain quickly and come back the same route or loop around a number of ways.

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