Shanahan Ridge Trail

EASY 133 reviews
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Shanahan Ridge Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
738 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

Easy trail takes you up through the open space along Shanahan Ridge. A North and South Fork allows for loops of various length. The trail system intersects with South Mesa Trail and provides access to the Shadow Canyon and Fern Gulch trails to Bear and South Boulder Peaks.

2 days ago

Great hike to get ready for the spring season. Has some elevation, but not too bad. Very little snow/ice right now.

hiking
14 days ago

Great conditions today. Maybe 15% ice - no microspikes needed - just tread carefully.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike! Love the scenery. Lots of dogs off leash

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to take your parents on if they want to be slightly challenged yet take it easy as well. Enjoyable and safe trail running trail for those who want to make it more challenging.

1 month ago

Nice local trail. Variety of meadow, mountain and city views. Lots of people.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with lots of shade and great views. Quite a few trails branching off, easy to extend or shorten the hike. Parking in a residential area, well trafficked trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Great terrain. Moderately busy.

3 months ago

Took 4 kids ages 6-10 and all had fun! Great hike.

3 months ago

Good loop

6 months ago

half of this loop was closed due to restoration. I noticed another one of the trails in this area was closed, too. So right now, this is just an out and back to the juncture of Mesa trail and the South loop, which is closed.

also, like the other reviewer mentioned, pretty busy with lots of dogs off leash and many poop bags left on the side of the trail. could be a good loop but too busy and several trail closures.

7 months ago

Great Hike.. I think I'm getting addicted..

7 months ago

Great local trail. Love how you can just take this loop or hop onto others from it and go further! A bit muddy in spots, but that's to be expected this time of year.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful area and gets you right up into those foothills. Will certainly return there. Could feel the rise in elevation as my breathing a bit labored but such beauty! No wildflowers to be seen unfortunately, maybe too late in the season. It was a good hike!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a chill hike with easy access from surrounding neighborhoods. Great for an after-work stroll.

8 months ago

This trail is rated Easy, but it is moderately steep, so you can get a workout by hiking at a quick pace. There's more greenery and trees than I'm accustomed to seeing on the front range, and there are quite a few shady spots, which is lovely. Sections of trail were still closed in May, but in the summer season, it would be easy to extend the hike beyond 4 miles by taking connecting trails, including other loops.

8 months ago

Great easy hike for a light stroll through the woods. No prominent view point but a few good views through the trees.

8 months ago

my dogs favorite trail in boulder

i would've rated this higher because the trail and beauty were awesome! BUT, everyone brought their dog or multiple dogs! dogs were on and off their leashes, people left poop bags all along the trail, and its hard to pass someone that has 3 sheep dogs scattered all ov er the trail. or there were groups of people and they ALL brought their dogs! what a bummer.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun trail. Easy enough even for my 7-year-old who isn't an avid hiker. Well maintained trail.

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