Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Great cardio workout... Lots of dogs that were off leash. Beautiful hike and great views!!!

Lots of rocks going up and hard to find some footing, but well worth the slight challenge. Coming back down the valley side was relaxing and had beautiful views.

trail running
19 hours ago

About half the loop is trail and the other half is dirt road. Only run this loop clockwise or you will have to pay an entrance fee at the marina; clockwise you enter the marina from the rear where there is no gate. Only recommended if you just need a run and don’t want to go far. There are so many better options within 10-15 mins of here.

A great, easy trail with a gradual, gentle elevation gain and beautiful views. It is a multi-use trail shared with mountain bikers and horseback riders. If you are a hiker or walker, be prepared to yield for them. At times the trail is narrow, so passing one another can get tricky. I'd recommend forgoing the headphones so that you can hear bikers coming behind you. The day I went everyone was polite and respectful while navigating the shared trail.

Very nice trail. Great views of the area. Started early when cool so it went great! Got a little steep for at the top for a flatlander.
Would recommend for everyone except young kids. Great time!

3 days ago

Easy to navigate. beautiful scenery. no shade at front end from NCAR. but once you get going there is eventually shade. Lots of wild flowers, butterflies and bees.

Outstanding hike! Probably one of my top 5.

We took the steeper side up, and it took a little more than an hour to get to the top. It was worth every step. Lots of beautiful views throughout the trail.

We got a late start around ten; it wasn’t crowded, but it was hot. There are some shady places.

Wouldn’t recommend any kids on this trail. The terrain gets pretty rocky.

Good short morning hike, with some rocky areas

Great hike; great views! It is somewhat busy, though. Pack lots of water and expect some rock scrambling.

mountain biking
6 days ago

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

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.

Easy to navigate, So beautiful! Lots of parts that are great for trail running.

10 days ago

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

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!

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.

Our first hike here in Boulder. Nice view, saw some prairie dogs. Pretty easy, which was what we were looking for.

Great hike with beautiful views at the summit! It's tough! Make sure your pup is ready for rough terrain and lots of leaps. Our 50 lb. Bassett-Pointer was a trooper but she'll sleep away the next two days in recovery...

We arrived at the trailhead just before sunrise around 5am. There was only one car in the lot other than ours. I would recommend getting there early, because as we were leaving around 7:45am it was already packed. We went up the side with the steps and came down in the valley. Coming down in the valley was a little bit harder, because there was some difficulty in finding your footing. We both complained the trail was a bit too rocky for our tastes. However, the view coming down in the valley was SO worth it. Rated 4 stars, because it mostly looked over Boulder & surrounding areas at the top, and it was a bit rocky throughout. Great hike for the morning though!

Very easy trail through meadows and into an arroyo; great for dogs, children, bird-watchers, etc. Lots of mountain bikers though as this trail connects to several others, such as Dowdy Draw where dogs aren’t allowed.

20 days ago

I did this hike about a month ago while in town from Ohio. I wanted something pretty relaxing and this fit the bill. The initial climb is a bit challenging but it’s easy after that. I even ended up trail running some parts.

it's really beautiful and not too long or difficult. really amazing view from arch and I recommend going slow because the trail itself is magic. perfect for beginners also.

This is a great trail for a family, especially with a small child. He did great throughout with only a few stops. The weather was perfect and the trail was not busy. We had to step aside a few times for bikes but everyone was ultra friendly. If you don’t live in Boulder county there is a $5 fee at the parking lot.

Beautiful views of Boulder. Decently challenging but nothing crazy, it is a great way to spend a morning.

Decided to go before the sun went down and super glad I did. There wasn’t many people on the trail. It was quiet and peaceful the view is amazing and is really easy to get to.

Awesome hike! We enjoyed it so much.

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