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Shanahan Ridge Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 807 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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This 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.

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Ruthwyet MELENDEZ
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Beautiful day and beautiful hike. In spots, wished I’d had spikes.

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Eli McAdams
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Beautiful. Watch out for the ice!

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Mike Wassmer
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Evan Henri
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Ashley Cahill
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Decent gradual incline and big enough to have space from others.

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Nam Truong
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Tucker Hale
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Great trail

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Yumi Levy
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It is a wide trail and perfect for Covid free trail. Walk counterclockwise is better. There is a new trail where you have to pass the intersection with Mesa trail and Fern canyon. This map is not updated. Follow the handwritten sign for “Mesa trail south” to hike for Shanahan ridge roof trail. Yellow line is new trail and detour.

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doris davis
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nice trail, a bit longer than the app suggests, got busy towards the end, definitely would not go on a weekend

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Mike Wassmer
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Mike Wassmer
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Andrea Urrutia
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Beautiful hike and very dog friendly

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Michael Robles
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Good initial incline but the trail has been changed slightly

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Stephanie Nolan
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Nice trail. We did the Mesa trail near by too. It was well maintained. It’s steep on the way up but I’m also not the most advanced hiker (2x - month maybe). But I did lose my long sleeve purple shirt on the trail!! I don’t want to litter the trail and would love it back if you find it!! Feel free to email me if you have it jellybeanjugler@ gmail.com

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Janice Halpern
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Alexander Karis
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Peaceful trail. Had some cool views and well maintained trails. Good shaded areas. My dog loved it. The only downside was the areas on service roads that made up some of the trail.

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Robert Murphy
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Minor detour on Mesa trail .

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Natalie Soward
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Beautiful views. Some uphill areas and rocky but mostly easy. Part of the trail was closed but we figured out another path. Great hike!

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Brian Nail
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Blake Johnson
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Erik Wooldridge
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Nick Kolean
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Kevin Kettering
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A nice Trailhead located in a residential neighborhood. There is plenty of street parking but no parking lot. The Shanahan Ridge Trailhead launches you into an extensive trail system that provides you with multiple ways to customize your hike (easy to medium difficulty). I was able to take multiple loops, never hiking the same trail twice. The trails are well shaded and many of the trails are very wide, allowing for easy social distancing.

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Michael McCort
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Good w a dog!

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Amy Moore
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Julie Muzy
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Mike Wassmer
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AleXandra Rigali
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it's more of a nature walk than a hike but still nice.

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Mike Wassmer
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Brittany Zuber
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