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Meyers Homestead Trail

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Meyers Homestead Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 839 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing


horseback riding

mountain biking



bird watching



wild flowers


This trail is part of the Walker Ranch Open Space area southwest of Boulder, Colorado. The Meyers Homestead Trail is located nine miles southwest of Boulder, Colorado. To reach the trail from Boulder, you will drive west on Baseline Road until you get to Chautauqua Park. You will continue on this road, but the name changes to Flagstaff Road and it begins to climb quite steeply. Once you reach the top of Flagstaff Road and begin downhill, start looking for the trailhead on your right. The trail is part of the Walker Ranch Open Space and is very near the much more difficult trail known as the Walker Ranch Loop Trail. Meyers Homestead Trail is also known as the Meyers Gulch Trail. It is a fairly short out-and-back trail with lots of great diversions. In the fall, it is a wonderful trail for viewing fall foliage. In the spring and fall, it is not uncommon to see a small herd of elk resting beside the trail. Another interesting feature of this trail is the historical significance of the Walker and Myers (I'm not sure why the name of the trail is spelled differently than the name of the homesteading family?) families and their contribution to the development of Boulder County. Interpretive signs along the trail point out historical and ecological places of interest. If you tour this area in the late spring and early summer, you are likely to be greeted by an abundance of colorful wildflowers.

6 days ago

Nice quiet hike, pretty views at the end. Relatively easy to accomplish.

1 month ago

Mountain biking - I found some spots steep but manageable. Make sure brakes are strong for the way down.

2 months ago

Hello! This is a solid 4 from me. I felt happy after hiking this with the pups and a friend. Here are the details...some are redundant from other hikers notes: BATHROOM: Most important, lol. This was clean and up the hill just a bit from the lot. I had a bit of a drive to get here, so yes, imma need that bathroom! THE DRIVE: Winds up Baseline several miles and is a bit of a workout for you if you are driving stick. Tons of blind corners and steep growth up the mountain. Watch out for those bikers. Ugh. THE PARKING LOT: We arrived 8/3/2019 and the lot was almost full at 8:40AM. Two open spaces. THE HIKE: Clear, and no room for error. Just up and back. Wide trail, so I could hike near my friend and not behind her. It was NOT a beginner hike, IMO. It did have incline almost all the way (steady, and gentle yes, but not a beginner hike) It starts forest-y and goes into a meadow until completion. The old sawmill at the beginning was super cool to see. I love history! THE HIKE/WILDLIFE: I did not see mountain lions, however did see a sign they could be in the area. We saw butterflies and tons of hummingbirds!! Lots of gorgeous wildflowers too. So peaceful and pretty. CROWD: We came on a Saturday and it felt peaceful... just the right amount of people in case you did need help. Nice groups too. Now Chautauqua down back in Boulder was a hot mess of people everywhere! I recommend this hike as an intermediate hike with some elevation gain (I think it said 879 feet?) but also a nice, peaceful hike with some pulloffs if you need it. Lovely!

4 months ago

Nice view at top.

5 months ago

Pay attention for mountain lions. I’ve seen one here about two years ago and just 2 weeks ago there was a deer ripped to shreds at almost the exact same spot I saw the lion the first time . There is definitely lion in the area ! Great trail though good for out of towners

6 months ago

I did not complete the whole thing but jogged from the Walker Ranch TH, along the Josie Heath Trail, continued from the Meyer Homestead TH making it as far as the homestead itself. I hope to go back to complete this one alone. The trail is well maintained and not too strenuous at the start. I can’t speak for past the homestead. The views are lovely and the homestead is perfect for a few photos or to enjoy from the bench along the trail. There’s not much tree cover to speak of so sunscreen or windbreakers may be helpful on really sunny or windy days.

9 months ago

While there is nothing overly spectacular about this hike if you are looking for something quick to give your legs and lungs a little workout, this is a great one. Steady climb switching from woods to meadow with a nice patch of Aspens. The top has a bench and some very nice views of Longs Peak and Mount Audobon. Good hike for dogs and kids.

11 months ago

Nice wide beginner hiking trail with a few steep area but nothing to drastic. There are benches along the way so you can take a breather if the trail gets you a bit winded. Today was a perfect day with clear blue skies but the at the Overlook the wind did have a slight bite. The snow capped mountains in the distance were amazing to view. Would like to do this trail again in the spring to see the wildflowers.

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Decent tail steep in a few places, wildflowers were just starting to bloom. Alot of people heading up, I took it slow and easy. Saw some several deer, and an Osprey in flight.

mountain biking
Monday, December 18, 2017

Meh. Just kinda goes up in a straight line and then back down the same straight line. On a bike it's a loose grind up and then a fast but uninteresting down. If you look up "meh" on wikipedia there might be a picture of this trail.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

We were out here last Sunday. There are nice wide trails and the view at the end is lovely. No ice or snow yet.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Easily done in two hours and there are several benches with great views along the way. Saw elk and deer just off the trail.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Saw no lions but beautiful scenery and a nice aerobic day. Enjoyed a picnic there afterwards

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I did this trail on a Sunday in September. Started around 9:30a and finished around 11:30/45 (with about a 15 minute meditation at the top.) This trail is definitely a good one for everyone in terms of the actual trail not being at all technical. On the way up, you do get into a few moderately strenuous inclines, but, nothing too serious. The way down was quick and breezy. Tons of wildflowers. Would recommend going in the morning or late afternoon when the flowers open up. I would say about 1/3 of the trail is shaded so bring sunscreen and a lot of water, especially if you're choosing to go on a hotter day. All in all, I'd definitely go back. I would also recommend this hike to the "non-hiker," visitors and new to Colorado hikers. A nice 5.2 miles. (No water)

Monday, September 04, 2017

Nice short hike with a steady incline at the end. Saw a small mountain lion on the way back and was alone so that scary and kind of exciting at the same time. Not too busy and found parking.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great hike. Maybe saw 10 people in 3 hours on a Sunday!! Just how I want it. Perfect length for 1 yo lab. Plenty of parking and restrooms at the trail head a huge plus. Will do again.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Go all out on the way back down....6 or 7 decent jumps if you go all out!!!!! Soooo much fun

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nice easy hike. Gets a little more challenging the last .3 of a mile. Great overlook at the top. Lots of wildflowers. Saw squirrels and hummingbirds but no other wildlife.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Exactly what we were looking for. Pretty easy trail for our newb friend and beautiful wildflowers and views.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The scenery is nice - Lots of wild flowers. Nice overlook at the end. The difficulty is easy - Trail or road is 6-8ft wide and smooth dirt. A 5 year old in tennis shoes could do it. It is truly more a walking trail than hiking trail.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Did this trail a few weeks ago. It was pretty, very easy hike. The end view was a little disappointing mostly because there are some trees obstructing the view, but you can still get some great pictures around them.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 03, 2017

One of my favorite trails in Colorado. Good length, nice views, and lush

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Super green right now, moderate slope all the way up, nice bench with a good view at the top of the trail! Pretty neat!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

hiked this on memorial day 2017. it was empty! hidden gem (but could also be because bolder boulder was going on). only saw 1 person on way up and maybe 4 on way down (closer to lunch time). the trail begins in a lot with plenty of parking, restrooms, and picnic tables. I would say this is an easy moderate. the incline at the end wasn't too terrible to get to fantastic views. my husband and I are average shape and it took us 2.5 hours round trip (1.5 up, 1 down). decent coverage from the sun but I'd still bring sunscreen. overall great short hike outside of boulder!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

We probably met about 20 people on the trail and we were the only one at the destination. It was amazing to have the 360 degree view all to ourselves. The trail was wide, open, and very gentle steady climb - most of the times you do not even know that you are going up - except for the last 0.5 miles. The trail was very well maintained. There were some flowers along the trail but it was probably too early. As some one said, this is a real hidden gem!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Well-maintained, steadily but gently sloping upward trail with a spectacular view of the Indian Peaks at the end. Definitely on the easy side of Moderate, we thought. There was almost nobody on the trail on the Saturday we were there...hidden gem!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trailhead has parking lot with picnic tables and BBQ pits. Double track trail. Mostly sun/wind exposure. Easy elevation gain. Not highly trafficked Wednesday afternoon mid February. View at the end partially blocked by trees. Not a very exciting trail but nice and leisurely. (Keep in mind I didn't go during wildflower season or the fall color change.) Would be great for trail running.

Monday, August 01, 2016

It's a decent hike if you want to get a few hours in but you don't want to go very far out of town. The flowers were blooming when I went (late July). It's pretty open so bring a decent amount of water, especially if you have a pup. The view at the end is nice.

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