One of the must-do things in Boulder is to go hiking in the iconic Flatirons at the base of the Rocky Mountains. You can see them from everywhere in Boulder as they loom up from plains and create a stunning backdrop to the city.
To get up close and personal, we drove about 5 minutes from the hotel to access the trails at the Chautauqua Park (free but limited parking). We stopped by the Ranger's Cottage where we received a trail map and a suggested route from the very friendly staff.
Our goal was to make it to the viewpoint at Woods Quarry and then loop back down. Armed with our map highlighting the route and plenty of water, we started our hike ---> Bluebell Road - Mesa - Woods Quarry - Kohler Mesa - Enchanted Mesa - Upper McClintock
The hike: the beginning was an easy incline on an exposed gravel trail. It was a warm day with temperatures near 70 degrees, so we warmed up quickly in the warm sunshine. It was heavenly.
No concrete here. Sometimes the trail blended in so much that it almost disappeared.
This spot just shouted out to us to take a water break (and a photo) here.
The hike back down was easier. The path was wide and smooth. The descent was gradual and soon we realized that it was a popular trail for runners.
We were just starting to think how amazing it was that we didn't see any wildlife when we came upon three deer.
Our hike was about 5 miles and took us just over 2 hours. We had a great time hiking the trails and are excited to go back and do some more before we leave.
Ever hiked the Flatirons? What is your favorite trail?
Any suggestions for things to do in Boulder that we should know?