Boulder Mesa Trail

MODERATE 178 reviews
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Boulder Mesa Trail is a 13.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 13.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,631 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The relatively flat but still challenging Mesa Trail spans a beautiful area of the amazing landscape just below the flatirons and foothill peaks - the views just don’t quit. This is a longer hike if you choose to take on the entire trail, but a few different trailhead options along the way make it very customizable. Pro tip: the northern half can be pretty busy with hikers and trail runners while the half closer to El Dorado/South Mesa trailhead is often much quieter.

hiking
6 days ago

Obviously doing this hike on 4th of July weekend was a bit crowded. But, few people are actually doing the 13 miles, so when you get far enough, there are few people on the trail. Was a great trail for inclines and then quick reliefs. Suggest hitting the trail no later than 7Am to get done around noon (Hiking speed) . Enjoy !!!

hiking
15 days ago

In the summer the first two miles can be very hot, so start early and wear sunscreen. You don't really get any shade those first two miles. After you're in the shade it's much more enjoyable.

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1 month ago

So so pretty!

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9 months ago

Great and easy trail with lots of wildlife. Saw three deer, two bucks. Also, encountered two bears with a baby cub being one of them. Will post photos.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely amazing trail. One of my favorites this far! Plenty of challange for the moderate hiker while still being able to have an easy setting for the beginning hiker. Beautiful views the whole trip. I can't wait to go again.

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty views of the mountain. Exposed in parts. A good one by the city.

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10 months ago

An amazing view of what Boulder Colorado has to offer. A must see hike!

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11 months ago

Easy to navigate. beautiful scenery. no shade at front end from NCAR. but once you get going there is eventually shade. Lots of wild flowers, butterflies and bees.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Easy to navigate, So beautiful! Lots of parts that are great for trail running.

hiking
Monday, July 02, 2018

I did this hike about a month ago while in town from Ohio. I wanted something pretty relaxing and this fit the bill. The initial climb is a bit challenging but it’s easy after that. I even ended up trail running some parts.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Wonderful trail so close to Denver, Boulder. The rolling river in Spring on South Mesa is worth the visit.

walking
Saturday, June 02, 2018

It got beautiful scenery and lovely animals!

hiking
Saturday, May 26, 2018

never go there if its wet or rainy

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Beautiful trail showcasing all the beautiful life spring in Colorado has to offer. Great workout and views, my dog loved it!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hiked the mesa trail and the shannahan loop yesterday - really enjoyed the views of the scenery ! Be aware to wear proper shoes when the snow melts - both trails get extremely muddy and slippery.

hiking
Sunday, February 11, 2018

A wonderful spot! The mountains and trees were coated with snow, and it was just so beautiful! It was a warm, sunny day, perfect for a hike. Lots of friendly people and dogs along the way. Definitely check this place out!

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

The current detour makes the beginning of the hike tedious and crowded. Stick with it and you will end up in a beautiful area pretty much by yourself

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great short scenic trail I enjoyed it!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

There were loads of wild flowers. Beautiful!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hiked with two girlfriends and two small dogs. The trail was moderately trafficked. Lots of smiling faces and dogs. We would definitely do this hike again.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

5 miles, moderate, poor trail conditions when wet. Beautiful views of Devil's Thumb area and Shanahan Ridge in S Boulder. From South Mesa Trailhead in Eldorado Canyon, I went up Mesa Trail, took a right onto Upper Big Bluestem, through the gate, then up to the left, staying on UPPER Big Bluestem, on up to Mesa Trail, then left down back to the trailhead and parking. Parking fee for non-Boulder County vehicles.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

One of my favorite hikes in boulder!! I love how this trail has less hikers than some of the others at Chautauqua. Gorgeous views, some shade and places to stop and get water when needed. I love hiking this with my pup!

hiking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Great trail for a day's hike! We parked in the lot off Eldorado Springs Dr and planned on hiking to Chautaqua, but Mesa Trail is closed at the Shanahan fork. If we were feeling ambitious we could have hiked Fern Canyon to Shadow Canyon and then back to our car, but we decided we had enough hike for the day and hiked down Shanahan Ridge to get catch and UBER ride back to our car.

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

Nice trail. You have to pay to park to use the trail.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

I think it's good for the beginners. It was a beautiful trail when I went there in the end of April.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The best.

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