NCAR Mesa Trail Shanahan Loop

MODERATE 12 reviews
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NCAR Mesa Trail Shanahan Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

There is plentiful free parking at the NCAR facility

hiking
2 months ago

There were a few sections on the Mesa trail that had snow/ice, some sections were very muddy. Beautiful views of the Flatirons.

hiking
7 months ago

I created this hike because I wanted challenging 6 mile route near Boulder. Most of the hikes in this area are really short and steep- this one is a great mix of terrain and has you going up and down the whole time. The trail turnings can be challenging- just check the map at each junction, they are well marked.

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