As the seasons are changing, now is still a great time to clear your heart and mind by going on some great local hikes in Boulder. Here’s a list of the 10 best hiking trails in Boulder, Colorado.

 

1. THE ROYAL ARCH

Royal Arch Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail near Boulder, Colorado, which features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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2. MOUNT SANITAS

Mount Sanitas and Sanitas Valley Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail near Boulder, Colorado, which features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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3. CHAUTAUQUA

Chautauqua Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail near Boulder, Colorado, that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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4. THE FLATIRONS LOOP

First and Second Flatirons Loop is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail near Boulder, Colorado, which features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. (NOTE: As of August 2020, this trail is closed Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM every week. Please check here for updates: https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp)

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5. GREEN MOUNTAIN WEST TRAIL

Green Mountain West Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail near Boulder, Colorado, which features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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6. MALLORY CAVE

Mallory Cave is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail near Boulder, Colorado, which features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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7. BEAR PEAK

Bear Peak via Homestead and Shadow Canyon Trail is an 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail near Boulder, Colorado, that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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8. WALKER RANCH LOOP TRAIL

Walker Ranch Loop Trail is an 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado, that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers several activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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9. GREEN MOUNTAIN LOOP

Green Mountain Loop is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail near Boulder, Colorado, that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from March until November.

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10. GREGORY CANYON

Gregory Canyon, Range View, and Flagstaff Trail Loop is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail near Boulder, Colorado, which features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, rock climbing, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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