Shanahan and Mesa Trail Loop

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Shanahan and Mesa Trail Loop is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop 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
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,656 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

There is plentiful free parking at the NCAR facility

hiking
7 days ago

A lot of trail options and easy to navigate. Somewhat muddy.

hiking
5 months ago

It’s a beautiful hike but the NCAR trail part was super muddy and slippery

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8 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
Sunday, September 17, 2017

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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4 months ago

recorded NCAR

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5 months ago

recorded Recording - Apr 28, 12:53 PM

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