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National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Ramble Trail

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Boulder, Colorado

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Ramble Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 721 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Recordings (249)
Completed (622)
Aundrea Dahl
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful views. A few hills and rocky parts but also some great flat parts. Highly recommend!

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Thomas Hager
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Hiking

Rain came with thunder and then lightning!!!

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Hayley Goodstein
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Hiking

Good for afternoon when sun is over mountains

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Justin D.
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Hiking

Overall good trail, there are many paths so take note of which one you’re taking.

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Alyson Brock
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Hiking

Went counterclockwise and turned back after we spotted a bear & cub on the trail (!). Otherwise nice trail but almost no shade on the portion we covered and much of it is more of a ‘path’ than trail. Only saw a half dozen people or so at 4-6pm, all wearing masks.

Jason Kesner
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Snowshoeing

Don’t Recommend finding on the steep back end very marshy.... I would just go halfway going clockwise and turn back

Shaun Hawkins
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Hiking

We got lost because the app froze and we didn’t know we were supposed to jump on Skunk Canyon Trail. Either way still a nice hike! Will definitely come back and try to do it right next time

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Glenn Herrmann
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Hiking

Great combination of views and hiking.

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BJ Abrams
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Mountain biking

Apparently you aren’t supposed to bike on the skunk canyon trail. A 45 year old guy w wife and 2 daughters tried to fight me because of it so they take it pretty seriously round here. Suck it Andy

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Juliana Todeschi
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Hiking

I do love this trail but it’s always very crowded at the start near NCAR and most people are not wearing masks let alone carrying them, or even moonlighting like they’re trying.

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Lynn Marie
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HikingRocky

5/18/20 – Nice moderate trail with beautiful views of the flatirons. Not overly busy on a Monday morning. I hiked clockwise. The first mile of the trail was fairly easy with short periods of incline. Once you get to Skunk Canyon, it’s a steady descent. The challenging part of this hike is the last 1/2 mile with a steady incline back to the NCAR parking lot. Minimal shade during this part of the hike. The stairs are the last climb up to the parking lot!

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Brandon Cary
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Not a bad trail but way over populated due to the proximity to Boulder. Beautiful Views and great scrambles in some spots. I’ll probably return often since it’s so close but be warned, there are always a lot of people there.

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Whitney Thompson
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

Gorgeous trail. It was very muddy at times but dry in other places. The trail is poorly marked so if you don’t pay attention to your map, it’s very easy to veer off to other trails. The last mile of this trail is uphill and very difficult. It’s also extremely icy and hard to grip on the more vertical parts. I would suggest yak tracks for sure. All in all, the trail have a stunning view of table mountain and had very few hikers on it.

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Kendrah B
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

Excellent hike - we deviated a bit by accident and got 4 miles in, but the last .5 mile (taking the trail counterclockwise) was hell - VERY steep. Difficult. But we made it and there are excellent views of the mountains and the city below.

Eric Butler
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Hiking

Nice short hike. Traction recommended.

Dustin Taylor
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HikingIcyMuddy

Fairly busy trail with a lot of dogs and runners. Overall a great time with fantastic views. We definitely got lost though, so pay close attention to the trail markers and map. I’m still not sure how we missed the loop?

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Ryan Gibson
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Icy

Bring yaktrax and poles. Several, unavoidable icey descents and climbs including some "hidden" ice spots. Looks like that ice is going to stick around too Still, a beautiful route and look forward to doing again.

Paul Mccullough
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HikingIcyMuddySnow
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Livia Spencer
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Hiking

Amazing hike in the summer that connects to other trails. Not very difficult and super fun to do with a group of friends

Cynthia Wilson
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

I started on the NCAR weather trail and took Mesa Trail to Skunk Canyon Trail to NCAR Table Mesa. It was a typical winter hike (snow, slush, icy, muddy) so traction is super helpful. The last 0.5 miles after crossing Table Mesa Rd. was very difficult to find the trail and I did a lot of post-holing and guessing where the trail was. The views are pretty. Elevation isn't challenging but the are a few climbs. There is a good mixture of terrain, Rocky, forest, meadow and even residential. I went on a Tuesday morning and the trail wasn't super busy, which was nice.

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