Colorado is a state that is known for its natural beauty. The Centennial State is home to most of the southern Rocky Mountains,the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. If you love hiking, Boulder, Colorado truly is a hiker lover’s dream. I’ve included a list of five of the best hikes that Boulder has to offer.
This 3.2 mile hike to the top of Mt. Sanitas is filled with amazing views of Boulder. The trail is also home to many singing birds an abundance of beautiful wild flowers, which add to the ambience of an already perfect morning hike with a close proximity to downtown boulder. Mt Sanitas is located 0.5 mile west of 4th Street on Mapleton Avenue.
South Boulder Peak Trail
South Boulder Peak is a beautiful trail, but this hike is not for novices. As amazing as this hike is; the trail becomes very steep about halfway through. However, you won’t have to make this climb alone. South Boulder Peak is a dog friendly trail, so feel free to bring your best friend with you. This scenic 7.5 mile, wild flowered covered, back trail is located near Eldorado Springs.
This trail takes you through a beautiful pine forest and gives you an up close and personal look at the incredible Royal Arch.The Royal Arch hike can be fairly difficult, because it goes straight up, but fortunately there are plenty of stone stairs along the way to aid you on your adventure. The Royal Arch Trail can be accessed from Chautauqua Park.
Hogback Ridge Trail
This criminally overlooked hike is one that really should not be missed. Due to its location at the edge of the city’s trail system, this hidden gem doesn’t offer the traditional Boulder mountain views of many of the other trails, but instead rewards travelers with memorizing views of the city, as well as the Boulder range. The Hogback Ridge Trail begins at the northern end of the Foothills North Trail.
First and Second Flatiron Hike
The highlight of this hike is the breathtaking view of the Continental Divide and looking over Boulder. This hike is short, but also but gives you an up-close look at the Rockies. If you are new to the area, this is an excellent starting point for exploring the Boulder area. Much like the Royal Arch, the first and second flatiron hike begins at Chautauqua Park.