A spectacular but technically easy trail hanging high above Boulder

Statistics

2 - 3

hrs

416

m

394

m

6

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

Starting either the South Mesa Trailhead or Chautauqua Trailhead (it can be done in either direction, or as a return trip), the Mesa Trail winds its way through open meadows and stands of ponderosa pine, offering exceptional views of the towering rock formations that define the area.

As you hike along the trail, you'll be treated to sweeping vistas of the Rocky Mountains, and have the chance to see some of the local fauna, including deer, birds of prey and - if you're lucky/unlucky - a black bear. We've drawn the trail as a one way route from south to north, but you can either do it as a return trip or detour along the way - exploring side trails that lead to points of interest such as the [Royal Arch](https://fatmap.com/discover/route/united-states-of-america/colorado/hiking/royal-arch/3670529), Green Mountain, and Shadow Canyon. As you hike, take time to appreciate the unique geology and ecosystems of the Flatirons, which are renowned for their dramatic rock formations and diverse plant life.