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Fairly easy hike; well marked and well worn. Good views of Boulder from the top. Surprisingly crowded for a rainy day.

Moderate switchback trail goes up to Mount Sanitas...Beautiful views of Indian Peaks...note: no dogs allowed ($100 fine)

hiking
5 days ago

Great couple hour, fairly easy, hike. Very gradual inclines. Close to town yet secluded and tucked away. Parking at the base. Quite the mix of vegetation and terrain makes for a very enjoyable hike. Quiet warm in the heat of the day, suggest an earlier start. Good trail for a solo hike.

Easily accessible. Had lots of available parking. Very easy & short. Gradual inclines & declines. No mountain biking allowed or horses on this particular section as signs indicate, but some reviews mention they ran in to some. Took about 45 minutes with several stops.

Easy little hike for families with kids (4/2 w/ us) while providing that "away" feeling. Great views and like many others saw wild turkeys including a family with chicks.

We arrived at 8:40 am, parking spots available. got back down at 10:30 am.

Pretty easy trail up, very shaded and great views. Make sure you go up past the LLT summit to the Mount Sanitas summit, only about 5 minutes more.

on Woods Quarry Loop Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Great views

Positives: Gorgeous trail with diverse views and lots of options to make it shorter or longer. Kids enjoyed climbing the rocks and trees, which were plentiful. The “enchanted” name is well-earned, with curved trees, riots of wildflowers, tall green grass, and a magical feel in some spots. Several options for shade along the way. No mountain bikers to avoid. Would be a great trail for inexperienced hikers, or a quick option for showing visitors how beautiful the Flatirons are. If you’re looking to walk along more of a hiking path and less road, make sure to take McClintock Lower Trail vice Enchanted Mesa Trail (though they both meet at McClintock Upper).

Negatives: *Extremely* limited parking, fairly busy on the weekends with lots of foot traffic. Recommend parking along 12th street, or catching the trail from another point other than Chautauqua Park, if possible, like Bellevue Drive or Green Mountain Memorial Park. We got there at 9am and found a curb spot on 12th near the northernmost end of the McClintock Lower trailhead, just down the street from the auditorium.

I loved this trail, because it was easy (even with kids on our back) and every turn was stunning! This was our first hike in Boulder and it was a great view of this beautiful town!

One of my local favorite hikes. Gradual climb that is a good workout at the same time. Beautiful area. Lots of mountain bikers but they are all very nice.

Took our 8 and 4 year old boys on this hike. It was shady enough to give us cover on a 95 degree day.

Shared with nice mountain bikers and no other hikers. Peaceful half day workout!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful pines and vistas with wild turkeys frolicking in the meadows!

6/3/2018

Great easy hike for guests visiting from out of town.

Great views and nice variety. Wildflowers and streams with sweeping Mountain Views.

6/2/2018

It has spectacular views! $5 car fee unless you’re a Boulder resident!

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I haven’t hiked in over five years and we’ve since had two kids and little exercise. This hike was perfect - not hard, but a decent uphill climb and great views.

nice trail rocky in some stretches..good views about 3 miles out

Did the Wapiti and Ponderosa Loop trails. Conditions good, just a few muddy patches, easily skirted. Encountered maybe six bikers and a similar number of hikers in three hours on the trail. Not much wildlife - birds, four deer, a few chipmunks. Very pleasant hike, and enough of a workout to be satisfying. There are some extended mild inclines that get the heart rate up a bit.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views, not very busy when I went beginning of May BUT parking is terrible in the area. We had some difficulty finding a spot, a lot of visitors for the Flatirons trails I think.

hiking
2 months ago

Great, short foothills hike. I’d lean towards a hard rating as the loop is pretty steep. If you want more miles, the Foothills Trail crosses this route just before the loop junction(All Trails map does not show the north section of the Foothills Trail, but looks like it might go a couple miles).

This is a perfect mini hike! Enjoy a scenic 20 min drive up Flagstaff Rd to this trail and make it to Mary's Point with ease. Trail offers great views of Boulder then Mary's Point offers a great lookout West into the Rockies wity yons of great photo areas.
No dogs allowed.

walking
2 months ago

I'd say this is less of a hike and more of a walk, but it's a beautiful area, and an easy little trail for kids. There's a rock that looks like a bulldog's face, a rock kiln, and a chance to see some wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

A great trail overall. This is an easily accessible trail for a short hike - a steady climb with decent views and easy overall. Mount Sanitas was a bit crowded at the top (surprising for a Monday), but I only saw a few people on my route.

A nice hike for me. Lots of Ponderosa Pine and boulders. Wild Turkey were plentiful and there was only one other couple on the trail. Will definitely do again.

hiking
2 months ago

Started this hike a little after 10 am on a Sunday (4/22) and there was hardly anyone on the trail - mostly runners, probably due to the gradual slope and smooth packed gravel trail with relatively few larger rocks to navigate. Sanitas had gotten a bunch of snow/rain the day before but the trails were totally dry; no mud at all. I chose this as an easier alternative for out of town guests to the more crowded Mount Sanitas/Sanitas Valley loop and was glad I did so. A better workout this is not, but the views are pretty and the trail is quiet!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail within minutes of Boulder. Steady climb to the top of Mt. Sanitas, seemed to be less crowded than the other routes to the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, easy loop trail in the Heil Valley Ranch area. Saw several groups of wild turkey and some mule deer. Also popular with mountain bikers (they are required to go in counter-clockwise direction).

Great hike!! I would've rated it higher, however, this description is not accurate. The Towhee trail is NOT dog-friendly, in fact they are STRICTLY prohibited. Based on this information on AllTrails, we had planned to do a short 2.6 mile hike with 2 young kids and 1 dog. We started on Homestead, and when we got to Towhee, there were red signs saying "dogs prohibited. Violators will be summoned." We were at a point that we could not go back on Homestead, as it would've been too difficult for my 4yo (& myself carrying my 3yo on my back) and the alternate route was much longer. So, we took Towhee, ran into a very disgruntled, mean woman who yelled at us, tried to block the trail and called the rangers. All of this occurring in front of my 3yo & 4yo children. Let's just say I have had more pleasant hikes elsewhere. So...don't take your dog on Towhee.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and easy Sunday meander. We walked up to the first bench on the Wapiti, sat on the bench checking out the scenery and bikers zooming by.

Great for kids and mountain biking. Not difficult.

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