Mesa Trail

MODERATE 179 reviews
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Mesa Trail is a 7.5 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 July until July. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.5 miles
1650 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

trail running



wild flowers


From Denver, north on 93, left on 170 just south of Boulder. A mile or two to parking on the left.

13 days ago

June 2, 2018: just finished this trail. I usually love just about any trail but found myself frustrated for most of this trail. This trail has tons of runners & many of them are pretty rude. They come barreling down those very narrow trails & give hikers dirty looks like we're in their way. I wasn't running this trail but I run trails about 3 times a week & hope I'm not such a jerk. Many of the people were pretty rude. Refusing to move to the side if they were slow hikers ect. The signs were sometimes confusing & we found ourselves going the wrong way at times. We ran into a runner who had no idea where he was so we weren't the only one's having a hard time with directions. There were 2 tailheads welcoming you to the mesa trail. The first was about 1/2 mile from the parking lot. We parked at the NCAR & appearently that is the NCAR trailhead but that's where this app took us. Over a mile from the 1st Mesa trail trailhead was the 2nd Mesa trail trail head welcoming you 2 the trail. It felt like we had 2 hike 2 miles just 2 get to the trail. We never made it 2 the end of this trail. The app distance didn't seem accurate & the trail seemed 2 go on and on. My kids 17 & 10 were getting frustrated. At each trail marker the app kept telling us .4 miles 2 go. When we got back 2 our car the fitbit said we went 9 miles. The trail itself wasn't difficult. Can definitely see why people say not to use it when it's rained. There are parts that are pleasant & some good views. I don't want to do it again.

14 days ago

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

23 days ago

It got beautiful scenery and lovely animals!

29 days ago

never go there if its wet or rainy

1 month ago

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

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Great short scenic trail I enjoyed it!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

There were loads of wild flowers. Beautiful!

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.

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!

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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

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

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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Did Mesa to homestead trail nice loop, sunny on Mesa side...

Friday, July 08, 2016

Nice trail with lots of wildflowers.

trail running
Monday, June 27, 2016

I did the first half of this trail and turned around because I was losing light. The trail was awesome and I'll do it again soon. Great scenery, trees, animals, flowers, creeks, everything. I saw some cool snakes and a fellow hiker had scene a bear right by where I turned around (glad I turned around).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wonderful scenery

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Great for my first hike, beautiful Colorado sun!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Good option for spring!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Nice trail, not too crowded- great hike in the spring if you like getting muddy (I do!) Fairly easy. Only gave it three stars because it was not my favorite trail in the area, but it is my favorite route to use to get to Bear Peak from Chautauqua!

Monday, January 04, 2016

I hiked the section between NCAR and Chautauqua and it's mostly packed snow with some truly ice covered patches where streams are trying to run.

trail running
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Icy and muddy

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Gorgeous trail. Not crowded so you can enjoy every minute of the hike.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Nice little stroll.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fairly easy, beautiful trail! A few spots were a little more tough

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Hiked the Mesa Trail, a beautiful, somewhat flat trek. It's a great beginners trail to the park!

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