North Fork Shanahan Trail

EASY 37 reviews

North Fork Shanahan Trail is a 2.5 mile out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
590 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

Shanahan Trail can be taken to either the North Fork or South Fork of the Shanahan through ponderosa pine savannah. Both trails intersect with the Mesa Trail. Bear Canyon Trail also accesses the Mesa Trail through the NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) property. Loop trail: take North Fork Shanahan, turn south on Mesa, east at South Fork Shanahan, north to North Fork Shanahan. Alternate: cross Mesa and continue up to the flatiron. Turn north to Fern Canyon. East to Mesa, south on Mesa to North Fork, east to the beginning.

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27 days ago

Nice trail with decent views and not too crowded. Plenty of friendly dogs walking off leash and well marked trails. The main path branches off in multiple spots so there's plenty of flexibility to plan a customized route.

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4 months ago

Nice quick trail with good incline. Not many views of the mountains it is a nice forest hike. Wildflowers and butterflies.

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7 months ago

this is my go to trail. always parking, decent views, gets your heart rate up and has great flowers in the spring and summer

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8 months ago

Easy access for a quick mellow hike. A lot of the trail is pretty smooth making it good for trail running too. Would also be a great hike for kids. From this location there are a lot of options for different loops or connections to the Mesa trail.

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8 months ago

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Really great trail!! Beautiful views!! Dogs can be off leash if they have a Boulder voice and sight program tag!! Nice mix
Of shade and sun!! Lots of offshoot trails if you want to make it a longer hike. Just awesome!!!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

An easy, well maintained trail close to boulder. There were very few people hiking today and no mountain biking allowed, which is a nice change. Hiked almost 7.5 miles today. There are many options for distance and scenery depending on which of the many intersecting trails you decide to take. Started at the trailhead by homestead trail.

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Monday, August 08, 2016