Hiked this 5/30. Arrived at the parking lot at 7am and all spots in the lot were taken. Definitely not a lightly trafficked trail. Hike itself was beautiful and the views at the peaks are amazing. Be careful with making the connection over Bear Peak to get down, I missed the turn and went a much longer way around.

on Shanahan Ridge Trail

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rocky
11 hours ago

A nice uphill workout, stairs in some parts, nice views halfway, some shade on and off. Parking is scarce. Went during off hours which was easier to park. Very dog friendly.

hiking
12 hours ago

Pretty views. Shade in the middle but not at the end. Went on Sunday at around noon and wasn’t overly crowded.

Nice views of boulder. Feels refreshing on the top. You can see high rises of Denver as well. Started around 2.30 pm not a lot of people going up but saw a bunch of people while climbing down.Keep a lookout for snakes as we saw 2 snake on the descend.

This trail was awesome! It was a great sunrise hike and absolutely gorgeous. The trail is pretty rocky on the ascent and descent, but with good trail running shoes or hiking shoes, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Plenty of parking. Well maintained trail. No bikes are allowed on the trail. Didn’t see too many people even though it was the middle of the afternoon. Last quarter mile is a little bit of class 2 hiking, but doable even if you don’t have a ton of experience. Great views at summit. If you do the loop counterclockwise, the elevation gain is super mild. I’d rate it more moderate than hard. I spent about an hour at the summit, started at 2 and was back at my car around 6. Also, all the people saying it’s more like 9 miles... don’t really know what you’re talking about... Having done multiple hikes out of Chautauqua park and getting frustrated with how overcrowded it gets, this is a great alternative that’s not far away from Boulder

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off trail
rocky
1 day ago

It’s pretty difficult. It gets a little tricky cause it’s not marked the best when you get down by the river the 2nd time. It’s hard because you start going downhill and lose a ton in elevation then have to gain it all at the end. It’s pretty but does drag towards the end! Beautiful views though and lots of differently landscape views! Reward yourself after by hitting up Avery’s for a beer.

hiking
1 day ago

Great little easy hike, for a lazy Sunday. Not too crowded, and only a few spots of snow off trail. It was just good to get out! I like that the trail was shaded and I would say it was 50-50 with people wearing masks.

Heavier biking traffic than foot traffic

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was beautiful! As you made your journey along the creek you had fun switch backs crossing the water as you gained in elevation! Great for children especially in carriers! Our son enjoyed dipping his feet in the water to cool off and the shade along the trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Incredibly fun hike. It is strenuous but if you take your time it’s not bad. We took fern canyon and went down a different trail behind the peak. It was a beautiful day but started getting hot around 9-10. Lots of people at the summit.

hiking
1 day ago

This was a beautiful trail, very kid friendly. We really enjoyed exploring!

ohv/off road driving
2 days ago

lots of camping areas....Easy trail with some pretty cool views! You could roll around stock in any Jeep with little to no issue

Quick, easy hike close to Boulder. There were tons of mountain bikers on the trail, so probably not one I'd hike again (especially with my dog), but it fit the bill for a fast Sunday morning outing.

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rocky
2 days ago

This is a really good challenge with excellent views. Going up Green Mountain their is a ladder, but its at a 45 degree angle so not too hard. Keep going past Green and don't stop. The ascent up Bear is pretty steep, but nothing terrible. South Boulder is easy. The descent down Shadow Canyon is pretty rocky and rough. The last 5 miles to the trailhead are pretty level with some stairs, its more just an annoyance after everything. Take lots of water, most of the trail is exposed and it does get hot. I went through almost 5 liters of water, their are a few streams to refill at once you get past Shadow Canyon. A fair warning, I wouldn't try this unless your in fairly decent shape, it is a long trail even though most of it is just dirt.

My legs are jello. Worth it. The fact that sanitas is at the end is quite a troll but makes it that much more satisfying. Bring 4 liters of water if you’re hiking...

nice, well shaded trail. peaceful sound of the creek runs through it. busy, but everyone very well respectful and great majority wearing masks.

Great trail! Views unbelievable, definitely more like 10 miles, garmin reading about 11 miles. Worth it, went counter clockwise and knocked out the steep at the start. Lots of flies at the the top, please pack out your trash including ‘biodegradable’ trash like fruit peels!

Easy and short hike with beautiful overlook. Mostly shaded!

hiking
2 days ago

Good trail but definitely not EASY!!!

Not crowded. Flowers out. Well maintained

Awesome hike. Shadow canyon is very steep but if ur in decent shape it’ll be no problem. Make sure to hit south boulder peak before heading to bear peak as they’re right next to each other. Bear peak has some of the best views of the front range and decent exposure at the top!

Beautiful wildflower hike! Shady and breezy when we were there between 7 and 9am. It absolutely is moderate and for novice hikers we weren't quite prepared for the large amount of uphill hiking with no reprieve. We saw tons of trail runners having no difficulty at all, however. Also worth noting that currently (late May 2020) Boulder is requiring masks on the entire trail.

hiking
2 days ago

steep and hot but very rewarding as always, we started at around 7 AM Sunday and the parking lot was somewhere between a quarter and a third full. Only passed a few others on the way up, but coming back the last mile and a half was busy enough that social distancing was essentially impossible. leaving around 10:30 AM the parking lot was full. no Rattlers although we did see a few warning signs along the trail.

Be ready for a climb when you get to Shadow Canyon...if you don’t like climbing, turn around. Lol

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