Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Boulder with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful even on a rainy day!

mountain biking
2 days ago

excellent to get back into riding after the winter months, take it easy and enjoy the view!

Skunk canyon is always beautiful

love this loop and have done it with my dog multiple times. My only concern would be that I don't believe it's only 7.3 miles. my fitbit eve time has put it closer to 8.5-9, just a heads up!

Awesome trail! We started on the East side of the mountain and went up Dakota Ridge trail. It was a nice hike but very hot outside starting at around 9 am. I would suggest getting there earlier and bring water.

3 days ago

Easy to moderate trail. Fairly well marked. Good view of town from the top

trail running
3 days ago

Loved the shade, the friendly bikers, runners, and hikers, and saw some great scenery! A must

Perfect little hike for little hikers!:) Pretty views a little rocky.

We started this hike at 7pm, did it clockwise (via Saddle Rock) and hiked in complete shade, as other reviewers suggested. It was pretty tough to start. I would say it was about 45 minutes to the top, but honestly, I didn’t realize we were at the top when we got there so I didn’t check my watch! If you go clockwise be sure to stop and take in the views on the ascent. Those are the best views of the beautiful mountain range. You don’t get a grand view at the top so stop and enjoy while you ascend. After reaching the highest point, the trail is a lovely walk through the woods mostly on a gradual downhill. Our total trip was just over 2 hours and we were in no particular rush. Very light traffic- only saw 6 other hikers.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice trail run or hike on biking prohibited days. Saw some wildlife and had a great 4 mile hike!

Great trail.

We started this hike just before 7pm and made it to the top in exactly 1 hour. The trail is very well marked so we had no trouble finding our way. We did The Valley side up (also well marked at the trailhead) and the other side down (40 minutes to descend). The Valley side seems a bit longer since it starts very gradual and leads to a steep incline for the last 3/4 mile or so of the hike whereas the other side is more of a direct route. The views are well worth it, especially for a trail so close to town. Although we started late there was a decent number of people on the trail. Many trail runners too. I assume we hit it at a time when the traffic was modest though. I’ll be repeating the hike in the opposite direction just to give it another go. Very enjoyable and a workout!

hiking
7 days ago

This is a beautiful trail but it was not in any way “easy”. It was the first time I took my dog out hiking and it was very challenging for him. It’s a nice hike with beautiful views but there is a lot of climbing up and down and rocks to climb so just be aware. It was also easy to get lost- using this app saved me!

The first part of the hike is very exposed — there is no shade so come prepared! It becomes nice and shaded once you reach Shadow Canyon trail, however, then begins the most difficult part of the journey. This is not a hike to bring your low-altitude friends on, as it is demanding of your endurance, balance, and ability to climb a lot of rocks. Reaching the summit is quite a treat after everything is all said and done. I completed it in 5 hours roundtrip while intermittently resting as needed, but I am also in relatively good shape. Happy trails!

Switzerland trail is a great first trail for anyone. You can drive this road with any vehicle with a little ground clearance. Take the side roads for additional adventures. Pennsylvania Gulch is a lot tougher road. Enjoy!

hiking
8 days ago

This hike was difficult but so fun! Beautiful hike close to Boulder, with great views in all directions and some great birding opportunities. Definitely recommend to anyone because it’s no too long and you can take your time even through the steep stuff. The only thing is, being so close to the front range on a hot day it is very hot up there too.

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!

off road driving
9 days ago

So Pennsylvania Gulch for my first off road experience ever..., no other vehicles, and at night was quite the challenge. Make sure you have high clearance, good tires, and 4WD Low before you even consider going up that one way trail. There is no turn around area, and if there was, you wouldn’t want to undo all the effort it takes to make it up to the end. What an amazing trail; my favorite of all the ones I did for the first time that same day.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Willy’s Package, long wheel base stock. I’m a BMW guy but after this trip, I understand why Jeep is what it is by my own experience. Baseball cap off to Jeep.

Make sure you drive slow down the paved road at night, animal crossings everywhere. Had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting a deer, saved by driving under the speed limit.

Beautiful! Most difficult part was the way down-a bit hard to find footing.

A lot steeper than expected but worth it. A good workout and a good hike for those starting off like myself. Hard enough for a challenge but not too long or strenuous to where it was impossible. Tired at the end but glad I went. Came up the valley side to start, had to get on my hands as I got closer to the top. Gets very crowded as the day goes on, coming down there were a lot more people to pass than going up.

Good hike. Went up mount Sanitas and came back down via the Valley. Very easy to follow. Started at 7am on a Sunday and saw very few people. Great for the dog, she had a blast. Going up mount sanitas is a decent climb. Coming back down the valley is a bit steep at first, had to use hands a few times. After the first bit, it’s just a long flat walk for most of the loop back. Took about 2hr total including 15min stop at the top.

Tougher than I thought. But view is great at top!

This is a beautiful trail! It is easily made into a 3.3 mile loop, if you cut off the Benjamin Loop section. If there is a lake, I have never seen it, and I have been there many times to hike or mountain bike. If you want to hike or trail run, go there Wednesday or Saturday, when mountain biking is prohibited.

hiking
9 days 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.

Great workout

Beautiful view of Boulder valley and there is a lot shade from tree when it is a hot sunny day. Enjoy your hiking

Not really an “easy” hike — more on the difficult side actually. Lots of rocks to climb like stairs with big big steps. I can see kids having a hard time. Nice shade throughout, beautiful scenery.

Cave was closed for the bats but worth the views and hike anyways. We went from Mesa trail then followed the cave signs

hiking
10 days ago

Love this hike. Took it slow and steady and made it in 4.3 hours. Beautiful and challenging.

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