Shanahan Ridge Trail

EASY 190 reviews
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Shanahan Ridge Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
790 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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.

7 days ago

Great hike to do with my dog! We did just the loop and I’d say only about 1/5 of the trail has any shade- so bring sunscreen, hat, and plenty of water! Went on a Wednesday afternoon and only saw a handful of people! Very peaceful!

12 days ago

If you take shanahan trail to Mesa trail your going to see the beauty of the mountain! There’s a section where your literally next to a huge boulder of the mountain. That loop to Mesa trail was worth the extra hike, you won’t regret it. You can see the natural spring running down the mountain and the beautiful scenery.. It does have a little more of an incline but it’s a beautiful trail. Give it a shot, it’ll loop you back to shanahan trail to finish back where you started.

17 days ago

Lots of dogs = good time!

18 days ago

Enjoyed a peaceful hike on a late Friday afternoon. Everything is so lush & green & wildflowers are popping all over along the trails!

24 days ago

Fairly easy trails with many connecting trails so you can make your hike longer or shorter as you please.

1 month ago

I have hiked this many times... easy access, good views, several options to branch off.

1 month ago

Beautiful wildflowers!

1 month ago

Starts to get wild after the creek, dogs will drink water here. The dogs get thirsty

1 month ago

Steady incline, no parking fee, right next to Ncar. No bathrooms. No parking, you have to park on the side of the road infront of someones house. Pretty trees, pretty views of Ncar. This hike is good with dogs for an evening stroll.

2 months ago

Very beautiful for being so close to town!

2 months ago

Great hike to get the season going!

4 months ago

Hiked from Chatauqa via Mesa Trail and then the Shannahan Loop - beautiful hike yesterday!

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months 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.

6 months ago

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

6 months 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.

7 months ago

Great views. Great terrain. Moderately busy.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Good loop

11 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.

Monday, June 05, 2017

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

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!

Friday, May 12, 2017

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

Monday, May 08, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

my dogs favorite trail in boulder

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