Shanahan Ridge Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
790 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

6 days ago

I do this trail every Saturday morning. It's a nice little hike through the woods, just no real payoff..

hiking
8 days ago

Enjoyable, no one in the trail today even though it is Saturday, maybe because it was hot! Steeper climb if you go counterclockwise. Good day, will do it again when it cools off.

21 days ago

Great hike.

23 days ago

Good for taking the old doggo for a hike

hiking
23 days ago

This trail has a good, steady incline on the way up and then it up, down, and flat through the second half. There are lots of other tougher trails that branch of of this shorter/easier one, just make sure you pay attention to which direction you're going! Started this at about 9am on a Saturday. The streets were packed with cars, but we found a spot! Lots of people on the trail, but it didn't feel overcrowded.

hiking
1 month ago

My friend and I started at 7 am and only saw a few people. It was really nice and green throughout. Not as many views of the mountains as I was expecting but really nice wildflowers all along the way!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy trail with lots of varied terrain! There were a lot of folks on the initial first mile, but quickly fell away when the turn for the Mesa trail came up. There is a good amt of uphill and then it levels out to a beautiful valley and forest that you spend much of the rest of the trail walking in. I spent most of the last half of the walk alone on the trail, and I was hiking on a saturday! No mountain biking on the trail, so it is peaceful and very scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike with lots of shade.

2 months 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!

2 months 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.

2 months ago

Lots of dogs = good time!

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

4 months ago

Very beautiful for being so close to town!

4 months ago

Great hike to get the season going!

hiking
6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Great views. Great terrain. Moderately busy.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Good loop

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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.

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