Enchanted Mesa and McLintock Nature Trails

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Enchanted Mesa and McLintock Nature Trails is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

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
2 days ago

02/16/19 VERY icy both me and my boyfriend fell in the first five minutes so we bailed and took a trail down the road. Still gave it a 5 Bc it was pretty!

Loved this trail! Pretty easy! Hiked on 2/2 and it was snowy & packed in some spots, but we didn’t use spikes & did just fine! Did 3.71 miles in 1 hr 45 min and stopped to enjoy the view!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Not as easy during winter due to no sun. snow takes longer to melt causing the trail to be muddy and icy in some places.

cool. nice views.
a lot people trail running, so might be good for that

trail running
3 months ago

A standard for a quick trail running workout in Boulder. Have encountered mud and wasps on the McClintock section in spring, but overall good conditions especially in summer and fall.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for families. Took our 5 year old and 1.5 year old (in carrier) up this trail and they loved it. Going up McClintock Upper is definitely the more challenging direction for this loop as it's pretty good incline until you reach the Enchanted Mesa trail junction. A few good views, but it's really a nice stroll through the forest and across the Enchanted Mesa. Many trail runners and people walking dogs.

4 months ago

Best View! Not at all tiring, the place motivates to hike more! pleasant surprises at every nook and corner!❤

5 months ago

If you are looking for a more strenuous hike go up the Mcklintock side and come down the Enchanted Mesa side. For a more relaxed hike go up enchanted and down mcklintock.
Either way a great hike!

hiking
6 months ago

climbing in the beginning, then in the woods but not much exciting to see.

hiking
6 months ago

May hike. Very slight incline but totally doable for my MIL visiting from sea-level. Great views from farther of the flatirons and of the city of Boulder.

6 months ago

FYI, McClintock trail starts just to the left of enchanted mesa; this trail doesn't allow dogs, enchanted mesa does. It then crosses enchanted mesa and keeps going up (still with no dogs); when you hit the end, you can take the loop coming back down on enchanted mesa. So I'd say this loop is about half dogs, half no dogs. Loved it and found the up part on McClintock to be quite challenging - a perfect morning hike with quite a lot of shade!

6 months ago

wife and kid and I (ages 30, 5, 36) started on mesa and came back on McLintock down. had to hold his hand for fear of tripping while going down hill. half shaded during afternoon. will be back again.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views and nice variety. Wildflowers and streams with sweeping Mountain Views.

6/2/2018

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views, not very busy when I went beginning of May BUT parking is terrible in the area. We had some difficulty finding a spot, a lot of visitors for the Flatirons trails I think.

hiking
10 months ago

Rock solid trail with cool landscape. Recommended for a low-key hike. Very nice.

11 months ago

Love it. Multiple trails to chose from to vary intensity

11 months ago

Mar 2 2018. Fun trail. Crowded but not too bad. It was icey and wet but manageable

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Awesome trail!!

hiking
Monday, December 25, 2017

A very easy, family friendly trail. A wide dirt road leads up to the mesa, and then continues into the pine forest.

hiking
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A great hike for the whole family that’s not too difficult. If you want more of a challenge, there’s the chance to take a couple of different other trails along the way, too. I did this one with an injured ankle and had a great time!

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Giving 3 stars because about half of the trail is a road-like dirt/gravel path - feels more like a "walk" than hike. Aside from that, definitely an easy hike, even when it gets rocky. When you're out of the tree cover, the views of the city and mountains are beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

The McClintock Trail is a bit steep and includes rocky terrain and stairs. The Mesa trail is graded and easier. Heavily forested and very nice in hot weather.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beautiful!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Beautiful and diverse scenery!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Not a great hike, not many unique views.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Such a gift. Terrific for a group of almost any age and in any season. Just remember to pick up your trash and dog poop bags. Whew, nasty to see that.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Loved this hike!! Followed through to Woods Quarry. Amazing view from there. Very easy hike!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great trail for kids and out of town guests.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Beautiful trail with wildflowers, butterflies and magpies in spring.

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