Skunk Canyon and Kohler Mesa Loop

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Boulder Open Space

Skunk Canyon and Kohler Mesa Loop is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 587 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wildlife

snow

Please note that as of March 2019, this trail is partially and intermittently closed. Please see park website for the most up-to-date information. https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp

hiking
9 minutes ago

This was my first ever hike and I LOVED it! Beautiful views with shady spots along the way. Great way to start your day!

hiking
4 days ago

This trail was beautiful except for all the plastic bags of dog poop! I counted 8 bags today. If you bring your dogs in, please take their crap OUT!!! It’s great that you put it in plastic bags but take them with you!!!!! GROSS

hiking
8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail, only moderately trafficked for an early Wednesday afternoon. Wildflowers are blooming all over the trail

hiking
14 days ago

Really nice short hike! Beautiful views pretty much the entire way up and not too busy of a trail.

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no shade
rocky
18 days ago

Great Trail! I had a great time till some Karen decided to verbally assault my friend and I for being on the trail. She wanted us to be 6 ft away from her and refused to allow us to go up the trail until we moved 6 ft off the trail. My friend nearly slipped and rolled down the hill. Just know that some of the locals aren’t the nicest. Beware of the Karens I guess lol

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rocky
19 days ago

Beautiful trail with various views and good periods of shade. Definitely gets your heart rate up the first 1.5 miles. Street parking was fairly easy for a Saturday.

Not too heavily trafficked, mostly flat, easy inclines.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Heavily trafficked but still enjoyable. Partially exposed but the perfect amount!

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bugs
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, one of my favorites now! Heavy trafficked but people were polite when passing. Dry- only one or two spots of mud. Dog friendly. Beautiful views.

This trail offers a beautiful variety of sights - grassy fields, rocky terrain, and dense forest. Enjoyed every minute of it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy morning trail with the dog and kids! No snow or mud

hiking
1 month ago

Trails are dry.

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muddy
1 month ago

This trail is normally wonderful but we attempted to go in the morning on 4/19 and the entire trail was so muddy. We had spikes and hiking boots and my spikes kept getting so full of mud that they stopped working and I ended up sliding EVERYWHERE. Give this trail some time to dry up!

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muddy
1 month ago

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icy
muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

Slipping and sliding around on 4/19! Overall it was an enjoyable early afternoon hike, but be warned, a majority of the way up (and down) is filled with a super muddy trail. It was a relatively warm day for the area as well, and this resulted in a lot of snow-melt occurring; this created a small flowing creek (2-3 inches of water) where part of the trail was. If you're wearing boots or good hiking shoes you should be fine, otherwise I'd wait this out for several days. Great views at and around the top, and the area in general is beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little hike!

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rocky
1 month ago

Nice trial with mild difficulty. Some up hill but nothing steep. Amazing views and a small creek at the beginning. No water after that.

Beautiful trail. Some muddy spots but for the most part dry. Hiked this in regular gym shoes.

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icy
muddy
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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