DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
419 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
5 hours ago

Positives: Gorgeous trail with diverse views and lots of options to make it shorter or longer. Kids enjoyed climbing the rocks and trees, which were plentiful. The “enchanted” name is well-earned, with curved trees, riots of wildflowers, tall green grass, and a magical feel in some spots. Several options for shade along the way. No mountain bikers to avoid. Would be a great trail for inexperienced hikers, or a quick option for showing visitors how beautiful the Flatirons are. If you’re looking to walk along more of a hiking path and less road, make sure to take McClintock Lower Trail vice Enchanted Mesa Trail (though they both meet at McClintock Upper).

Negatives: *Extremely* limited parking, fairly busy on the weekends with lots of foot traffic. Recommend parking along 12th street, or catching the trail from another point other than Chautauqua Park, if possible, like Bellevue Drive or Green Mountain Memorial Park. We got there at 9am and found a curb spot on 12th near the northernmost end of the McClintock Lower trailhead, just down the street from the auditorium.