NCAR Mesa Trail Shanahan Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews

NCAR Mesa Trail Shanahan Loop is a 6.2 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
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1430 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
8 days ago

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18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

The trail itself is nice, healthy mix of terrain and very few steep ascents. However the trail junctions need some attention, definitely check your map. We ended up heading to Shadow Canyon by mistake and eventually pushed on to Bear Peak, where we found even fewer trail markers, it was a mess and not something we were prepared for. All in all... there was quite a bit of user error here.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago