Wapiti Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 70 reviews
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Wapiti Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 810 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wildlife

closed

no dogs

This trail is closed from February 3 to February 28 2020.

hiking
10 days ago

warning. this trail is closed from February 3 to February 28 2020.

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

Sat, Jan 4th lottttts of mtn hikers. All friendly, just busy. Muddy from melted snow. Easy, beautiful. Nothing mind blowing

hiking
snow
1 month ago

What a stunning day for a hike! 20 degrees and 2 inches of powder everywhere. The trail was well maintained, no extra traction needed other than your poles.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail but very rocky in some places. The views are okay. Loads and loads of bikers but they were all courteous.

hiking
5 months ago

A really nice trail. I hiked it on a weekday afternoon, and ran into just two hikers and quite a few bikers, all of whom were super friendly and courteous. Much of the hike is in shaded pine groves, so it was not especially hot, despite the time of day. There's no spectacular vista at the end, but plenty of beautiful, peaceful scenery along the way. The parking was wide open at 1 PM on a weekday.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Decent trail, lots of shade. Trail is very rocky, kicked my butt on a mountain bike. Def do the ponderosa loop to get the sweet views.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Tough climb but well worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Close to the metro area. Bad parking so make sure you are there early! Lots of bikers. NO DOGS which is great. Overall it was a beautiful little hike. Moderate not hard.

hiking
9 months ago

4/27 Nice area with a nice trail and incline as far as we made it. There were wild Turkeys and deer on the side of the trail. a lot of mountain bikes so be prepared to be stepping to the side. I'll have to try and come back so I can see the top another time.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

Fun hike, a ton of bikers

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

Stunning scenic overlook at mile 4 on Ponderosa loop. well maintained.

running
Sun Jan 06 2019

See my review of "Heil Valley Ranch Trail" for info. Adding to what others have said, this is NOT an "easy" trail for hiking/trail running. I'd say it is moderate-to-difficult for trail running.

Sat Oct 13 2018

No dogs

Tue May 22 2018

I went to this hiking spot and chose the one with the most elevation gain ( that’s not currently closed) it’s a great trail.

Sun Feb 25 2018

NO DOGS ALLOWED :(

hiking
Sun Jul 23 2017

Beautiful trail but the number of mountain bikers flying down the hill without slowing at all make it an unpleasant exercise in surprise for a hiker. Most of them don't warn you they're coming up on you and you have no time to get out of their way; usually its a matter of jumping when you hear them 10 yards behind you going 15 mph. They're technically supposed to slow to go around you but the speed they are going didn't seem that it would be possible. Don't recommend for hiking anyway.

hiking
Wed Jul 05 2017

We did a loop around Lichen Trail and connected to Wapiti. Our total distance was only 3.7 miles as we hiked 9 miles the day before at Picture Rock....Great gentle inclines throughout and beautiful views and wildlife along the way. The last mile I jogged and the trail is very well maintained without any loose rocks etc...

hiking
Sun Feb 26 2017

Hiked this trail on 2/26, two days after about 4 inches of snow. Trail was a mixture of snow, ice, mud and dirt, with lots of rocks and switchbacks along the way to help you gain elevation. We went up to the top where it meets Ponderosa Loop trail, stopped there and then descended back down to the trailhead. It had gotten much warmer by then, and on the way down the trail had turned to a mostly muddy quagmire. I highly recommend that if you do this trail during winter months, that you get started very early and aim to finish before it warms up, as it is a much better hike when the ground is frozen solid. As far as views and experience, it is a cool trail. Lots of wooded forest areas if that is your thing, but not a whole lot of panoramic views. The best views are looking south, closer to the beginning of the trail. But, there was a lot of evidence of wildlife in the area including deer and mountain lion tracks, so what it lacks in views it can make up for in overall experience. Watch out for mountain bikers and trail runners, as this seems like a semi-popular spot. Also, I'm not 100% sure I'd rate this trail as "Easy". Even Boulder County lists the trail as a Moderate. We took a lot of breaks and enjoyed the wilderness, but I wouldn't dream of taking my 70 year old father on this one.

hiking
Mon Feb 16 2015

Nice trail if you are close otherwise make the drive towards Boulder and do one of those

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