easy hikes

with views that rival those of their more difficult relatives these trails offer gentler slopes, smoother surfaces and shorter lengths which make them perfect for families, visitors and hikers not accustomed to the higher altitudes of boulder county

*up to 5 miles or 1,000' of elevation gain

tenderfoot

dakota ridge

 

enchanted mesa

caribou ranch

nederland

mitchell lake

indian peaks

 

ranger

 
the mountains are calling and i must go
— john muir
 

 

betasso

 

 

boy scout

homestead

 

 

long lake

Indian Peaks

 

 

meyer's homestead

woods quarry

lion's lair

 

 

intermediate hikes
 

looking for more challenge in a mountain trail?  something a bit longer, a little steeper, and perhaps with a bit more 'rough-hewn' feel?  these hikes combine additional mileage, more elevation gain, steeper ascents and off-camber, rocky terrain that will get the heart pumping.  our intermediate hikes offer great opportunities to get off the beaten path for visitors who have acclimated to boulder's climate and altitude, and are in good physical condition.  several of these hikes are favorites of boulder locals and considered hidden gems. 

*up to 7.5 miles or 1,500' of elevation gain

ouzel falls

green mountain west ridge

our most popular hike

lake isabelle

indian peaks

 

shadow canyon

the trail compels you to know yourself and to be yourself, and puts you in harmony with the universe. it makes you glad to be living. it gives health, hope, and courage, and it extends that touch of nature which tends to make you kind.
— enos mills

fern canyon

upper big bluestem

mount sanitas loop

flagstaff

flatirons loop

 

 

difficult hikes
 

is the continental divide calling your name?  does the thought of standing atop boulder's two tallest peaks in a single day give you goose bumps?  has your bucket list got a empty check box by "summit a 13er"?  then our list of difficult boulder county hikes can fulfill dreams, but they can also conjure up some nightmares if you are not prepared for them.  if visiting boulder and considering venturing out on any of the trails below, be sure to stock your backpack with plenty of water, energy foods, foul weather gear and first-aid supplies as roundtrip times can reach 7 hours.  but my, oh my can they make for lasting memories.

*up to 9.5 miles,  3,300' of elevation gain, and altitudes over 13,200'

 

diamond lake

nederland

 

pawnee pass

astride the divide

blue lake

indian peaks

the beauty and charm of the wilderness are his for the asking, for the edges of the wilderness lie close beside the beaten roads of the present travel
— theodore roosevelt

chasm lake

rocky mtn nat'l park

 

green mountain

 

bear and s. boulder peaks

a boulder classic hike

mt audubon

the toughest of the tough

 
 

 

all our great boulder hikes on one interactive map,  and more!
 

some days we don't have all the time we'd like to devote to hiking in boulder county.  those days kinda suck, right?  but, when that happens the least we can do here at beyond boulder is to help you find the closest, most convenient trailhead that will let you maximize your outdoor experience.  so, like, ta-da!  below are all our great hikes, along with the micro-breweries recommended on our site, plus some of the better feed bags and hangs in boulder.  markers in green (easy), blue (intermediate), and black (difficult) denote the locations of trailheads.  orange markers identify boulder county micro-breweries (all tried, tested, and exceed our exacting quality standards, believe you me!) and red markers show the locations of restaurants, pubs, hotels, and gear joints recommended on beyond boulder.  Simply click on any marker to get information about a hike close to you, and then click through to the hike page.  enjoy!

 
 

 

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