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Explore the Best Boulder Hikes

With 300 days of sunshine and over 150 miles of hiking terrain, it is no wonder Outside Magazine named Boulder the #1 Sports Town in America. Popular all year-round, this scenic, all-season hiking destination offers plenty of trails for every skill level and ability.

Boulder Hikes
Each of the following trails offer a hiking experience that is special in its own way. Discover the Boulder hike that is right for you.

Easy | Family-Friendly | Distance: 0.8 Mile

  • The Chautauqua area overlooks gorgeous views of the Flatirons.
  • There’s a General Store that carries ice cream and hot chocolate.
  • For a stress-free way to reach the park, take advantage of the free weekend shuttle.

Moderate | Scenic Views | Distance: 2.5 Miles

  • Enjoy a scenic drive up Flagstaff Mountain.
  • Along the way you’ll see the iconic red-tile rooftops of the University of Colorado.
  • Perfect for mountain bikers and hikers, Chapman Trail is a wide, dirt road overlooking a pine forest canyon.
  • Tenderfoot Trail winds through a lovely, flowering meadow, ending with Instagram-worthy views of Colorado’s tallest peaks.

Moderate to Difficult | Wild Flowers | 3.2 Miles

  • Meandering both sides of a ridge, the trail leads to the summit of Mount Sanitas.
  • From the trail, hikers can enjoy lovely views to both the east and the west.
  • Mount Sanitas Trail, both rugged and steep, is one of Boulder’s most popular trails.
  • Locals recommend starting with the “staircase” side (Mount Sanitas Trail) and coming down the Sanitas Valley Trail.
  • During the spring, the luscious green mountain setting is also bathed in swathes of blooming wildflowers.

Easy | Accessible + Fishing | 1.75 Mile

  • The trail starts at the south side of the Foothills Nature Center.
  • Circling a lake, the path features a paved walkway and some fine-crushed gravel.
  • The northeast corner of the trail brings you very close to the lake, making it possible to enjoy fishing from a wheelchair.

Moderate | All-Season/Rocky mountain Views | 2.6 Miles

  • Nestled at the foothills, the weather is generally mild, making it possible, and enjoyable, to experience one of the best hikes in Boulder all year long.
  • During the summer, hiking the Flatirons Trail takes you across a green meadow, then up between First and Second Flatiron.
  • The landscape is especially picturesque during winter, and you’ll see plenty of other hikers enjoying views of the glistening vistas and snow-dusted Flatirons.

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Centrally located to the best hiking destinations in Boulder, our hotel is only minutes away, and the perfect place to kick-back after spending a long day outdoors.

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