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South Boulder Creek: Lower Big Bluestem Trail to Mesa Trail

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Boulder Open Space

South Boulder Creek: Lower Big Bluestem Trail to Mesa Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 423 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

Fee

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Getting There

The Lower Big Bluestem Trail is just one of multiple trails around South Boulder Creek off of Highway 93 good for hiking, trail running, etc. There is a $5 fee to park if your car is not registered to Boulder county. This is a great area to enjoy Boulder without driving far. It is great for an easy and casual hike or trail running.

Gravel Parking Lot

The South Boulder Creek Trailhead is off of Highway 93 in south Boulder. Turn at Thomas Lane to get to the trailhead.

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Reviews (246)
Photos (204)
Recordings (233)
Completed (336)
Nikita Lenzo
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Hiking

Miserable under the noon sun, but pretty magical in the shadier, wooded areas. I brought enough water and still hallucinated around mile 5, so be smarter than me and avoid the sun if you can.

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Tyler Befferman
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RunningNo shade
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Alisha Barron
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Hiking

Misleading... no water, no shade... HOT! Parking was good. I’d recommend starting hike to the left and not right.

Peter Rice
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HikingNo shade

Easy and scenic. No shade anywhere and no walking along any creek

Alexandria S.
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Hiking

Nice flat walk

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Cameron Malone
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Hiking

Whole lotta poop

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Maria Dummermuth
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HikingRocky

This is a nice trail, but it does not have what I love about Boulder hiking (trees, woods). That being said, it is a nice flat trail for someone looking for an easy stroll through cow pastures. I might not repeat this one for me.

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Kaylee Knudson
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Hiking

Rocky in some areas but overall a good trail. My dogs loved it

Max Cohen
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Hiking

Really beautiful nature walk. Perfect after-work-during-a-pandemic activity.

ariel voit
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Absolutely beautiful hike! Doesnt per se have the traditional summit views, but you get every angle of those flatirons! I took S Boulder Creek West to Mesa to Upper Big Bluestem to Lower Big Bluestem and I clocked 8 miles. Make sure to bring enough water the S Boulder Creek West trail has no shade and youre walking on rocks while going uphill, youll use most of your water then. The rest of the trail is shaded for the most part. You can make this hike as long or as short as youd like!! Also! Theres no fee right now because of the Coronavirus! So hurry up and take advantage of the situation!!

Juliana Todeschi
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HikingNo shade

It’s a lovely loop

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Michael Lickstein
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Hiking

Very little mud left. Solid walk.

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Kate K
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Running

Kat walked star fox while I ran!

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Juliana Todeschi
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HikingNo shade
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Ryan Teunissen
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RunningMuddyRocky

Went trail running on this and while the snow is gone there are some pretty muddy spots. You are able to avoid just about all of it but you’ll have to go off to the side of the trail a little bit. Pretty easy run with little elevation gain.

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Lauren Franklin
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Danielle Latimore
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Hiking

A little bit muddy but no spikes required! Gorgeous views on this sunny day. Super flat, great for running and very dog friendly.

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Marisa Martinez
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#socialdistancing approved. Not many people out. Amazing views but pretty muddy and wet.

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Louisa S.
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Hiking

No ice or snow. Easy, pleasant trail.

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George Baciu
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HikingFeePrivate property

Very nice hike. Trail was 99% dry and the rest was snow and mud. But it was so small no need complaining. Definitely worth it. Saw some peaks that I’d like to get closer too so I for sure will come back and try to get closer to them. 5$ parking fee if your car is not registered in boulder county. Other than that beautiful and peaceful

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Monique Carvalho
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HikingNo shade
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Michaela Specht
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Hiking

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a hike, more like a nature walk. No ice or snow on trail at all, makes for a perfect place to trail run. Dogs loved it, super easy.

Danielle Lewis
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Very windy the first half of the trail. Lots of ice and snow, but manageable.

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