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Boulder Area Hikes

Roxborough State Park Trails

Boulder is one of the premier cities in the country for hiking enthusiasts. Situated just east of the Rocky Mountains, it offers access to a plethora of outstanding day hiking adventures.

Keep in mind that the further in the mountains you go, the more beautiful the views will likely be. Since Colorado weather is famously erratic, monitor the weather and turn back if thunderstorms seem imminent as lightning is especially dangerous at high elevations.

Photo: Mitchell Lake from Blue Lake Trail

Best Boulder Waterfall Hikes

Black Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park (1 hour 20 minutes from Boulder)

Elk Creek Falls Trail at Staunton State Park (1 hour from Boulder)

Best Boulder Wildflower Hikes

Shrine Ridge Trail (1 hour 50 minutes from Boulder)

Herman Gulch Trail (1 hour 20 minutes from Boulder)

Best Boulder Lake Hikes

Fern Lake & Cub Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park (1 hour 10 minutes from Boulder)

Chicago Lakes Trail (1 hour 15 minutes from Boulder)

Blue Lake Trail (50 minutes from Boulder)

Best Boulder 14er

Mt. Bierstadt Trail (1 hour 30 minutes from Boulder)

Best Boulder Fall Colors Hike

Kenosha Pass Trail (1 hour 30 minutes from Boulder)

Roxborough State Park Trails (1 hour from Boulder)

Best Boulder Foothill Hikes

Royal Arch Trail (begins in Boulder)

Apex Park/Enchanted Forest Trail (35 minutes from Boulder)

All Boulder Hikes

Below I’ve created a list of hikes within 30 minutes, 1 hour, and 2 hours of Boulder – ranked by the splendor of their scenery.

30 minutes from Boulder

  1. Lost Lake Trail
  2. Royal Arch Trail
  3. 1st & 2nd Flatirons Trail
  4. Walker Ranch Trail
  5. Burro Trail at Golden Gate Canyon
  6. Apex Park/Enchanted Forest Trail
  7. North Table Mountain Trail
  8. White Ranch Trail
  9. Chimney Gulch Trail

1 hour from Boulder

  1. Blue Lake Trail
  2. Lake Isabelle & Isabelle Glacier Trail
  3. Roxborough State Park Trails
  4. Crater Lakes Trail
  5. Mt. Falcon Trail
  6. Red Rocks Trail
  7. Alderfer/Three Sisters Park Trails
  8. South Valley Park Trails

1.5-2 hours from Boulder

  1. Fern Lake & Cub Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park
  2. Black Lake Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park
  3. Chicago Lakes Trail
  4. Herman Gulch Trail
  5. Kenosha Pass Trail
  6. Shrine Ridge Trail
  7. Crystal Lake Trail
  8. Mt. Bierstadt Trail (14er)
  9. St. Mary’s Glacier Trail
  10. Elk Creek Falls Trail at Staunton State Park
  11. Lily Pad Lake Trail
  12. Castlewood Canyon Loop Trail

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