The Best Boulder Hikes

The Best Boulder Hikes

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by the CMC Boulder Group, with Jim Groh

The twenty best trails in and around the town that is the center of the known world for outdoor recreation.

  • A rugged Pack Guide, conveniently sized to fit and endure years of stuffing into pants or pack pockets
  • Brightly written, color-photographed, and mapped by the knowledgeable members of the oldest mountaineering club in Colorado
  • Trails for all ability levels, each offering something special for the visitor and local alike

For visitors and locals, casual walkers and hard-core mountaineers, Boulder has arguably the best “back yard” in the country. More than 60 named trails lie in the foothills within a half-hour of town, and scores of more high-altitude trails are within an hour. For a beautiful route through town, start at Eben Fine Park at the mouth of Boulder Canyon and walk west or east along Boulder Creek. The eastern route is wheel-chair accessible. For a rolling foothills route try the Mesa Trail that runs from Chautauqua south seven miles to Eldorado Springs. And for putting up a route to over 13,000 feet, try the trail up Mount Audubon, but get an early start. The afternoon thunderstorms are always a tad bit sporty.