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Hikes Near Boulder Colorado


Looking for the best hikes near Boulder, Colorado? Boulder is just just 30 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado. Nestled right up against the foothills, it has many hiking trails that begin right in town. Hiking near Boulder can take you along Boulder Creek, into the beautiful flatirons, or deep into the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It’s Colorado hiking at its best! Come back to explore the new Colorado hike profiles we add to our archives. Check out our top 5 hikes near Boulder and even more below. When you click on each of the trails featured in this set you’ll get driving directions, links to maps, and great tips for making the most of your outdoor adventure in Boulder.

Top 5 Hikes Near Boulder

First and Second Flatirons Hike in Boulder

  1. First and Second Flatirons Hike in Boulder

  2. Distance: 2.6 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 45 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Hiking the Flatirons Trail near Boulder takes hikers across a green meadow, then up through a notch between the First and Second Flatirons. The climax of the Flatirons hike waits at the end: grand views of the Rocky Mountains.

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    Eldorado Falls Hike at Walker Ranch

  3. Eldorado Falls Hike at Walker Ranch

  4. Distance: 2.5 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 1 Hour
    Difficulty: Moderate
    The trail to Eldorado Falls is a 1.25-mile hike from the Ethel Harrold Trailhead down to where South Boulder Creek winds through the park. This cascade waterfall may not be the most dramatic along the Front Range, but it still makes for a great hike. Hikers can explore full Walker Loop Trail to make this into a more challenging adventure.

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    Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir Hike

  5. Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir Hike

  6. Distance: 2+ miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    Are you looking for a trail that will shade you from the sun on a hot day in Colorado? This hiking trail has got it all to cool you off: decent shade, a waterfall, a brook, a lake, and a canyon. Forsythe Canyon is just outside Boulder and is an easy to moderate hike.

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    Green Mountain Hike

  7. Green Mountain Hike

  8. Distance: 5.5 miles Round Trip
    Drive Time from Denver: 40 Minutes
    Difficulty: Difficult
    Green Mountain in Boulder, Colorado is a strenuous hike, but worth all the effort. It has spectacular views of the Front Range, Flatirons, and a wide 360-degree panorama at the summit. The payoff is at the peak where hikers are rewarded with incredible views of Boulder to the East and the mountains to the West.

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    Mt. Sanitas Hike

  9. Mt. Sanitas Hike

Distance: 3.1 miles or 2 miles
Drive Time from Denver: 45 Minutes
Difficulty: Moderate+ with Easier Options
Mt. Sanitas gives you several trail options ranging from an easy stroll along a meandering brook to a demanding trail up the mountainside. It’s a great social hike, so bring a friend (or man’s best friend) on this hike within the city of Boulder.

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Golden Gate Sate Park Blue Grouse Trail Landscape

Blue Grouse Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

Blue Grouse Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a wonderful adventure for kids, non-experienced hikers or out of town guests. The trail is nice and short, with little gain in elevation and the terrain is mellow, so it can be great for those carrying kids in backpacks. The Blue Grouse Trail is a perfect hiking trail for spotting ...
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Boulder Falls Near Boulder

Boulder Falls

Boulder falls is a quick hike with big reward. This 100 yard hiking trail just outside Boulder, Colorado leads you into a cliff lined notch in Boulder Canyon where the creek gushes out to form one of the best waterfalls near Denver. Since it's not much of a hike, add one of the suggested hikes below to complete your hiking ...
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Canyon Loop Trail – Betasso Preserve, Boulder

This hike at Betasso Preserve near Boulder, Colorado makes for a perfect evening escape to watch the sunset over the town below. You'll cross through meadows dotted with wildflowers then under stands of Ponderosa pine that eventually open up to views to east. Explore the hiking trail profiles and map link below for details ...
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Streamside Trail Bridge in Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park Hikes

Eldorado Canyon State Park is a hiking and climbing Mecca tucked into the Front Range near Boulder and Denver, Colorado. In this hiking profile of Eldorado Canyon, we quickly give you the 4 main trails and give you some tips for your time in the canyon. Explore the full trail profile below to get all the details. Trail Snapshot: Hiking ...
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Eldorado Falls at Walker Ranch

Eldorado Falls is a cascade waterfall tucked back in Walker Ranch near Boulder, Colorado. It's an easy to moderate 1.25 mile hike from the Ethel Harrold Trailhead down to where South Boulder Creek winds through the park and crashes over the boulders blocking its path. Explore the full trail profile below for all the details: tips, trail map, and driving ...
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enchanted mesa hike in boulders chautauqua park

Enchanted Mesa Trail Near Boulder, Colorado

Boulder's Chautauqua park boasts some of the best hiking in Colorado, especially if you are looking for accessibility--many of the trailheads are right in town. The Enchanted Mesa trail lives up to its name. The dense pine forest and the wide curving path looks like something out of a fairy tale. It's a fairly easy hike, with a surprising amount ...
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First and Second Flatirons Hike in Boulder

Hiking the Flatirons near Boulder, Colorado is a must. The trail draws you across an green meadow, then up through a notch between the First and Second Flatiron. You'll find the best part of this hike in the Flatirons at the end of the trail: some breathtaking and unmatched views of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. There's even more though. Explore the ...
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Flatirons Vista Loop Trail

If you are yearning for wide open spaces, the Flatirons Vista trail near Boulder, Colorado makes for a perfect hike. The trail has two loop options and links up to other hiking trails along the Flatirons. Explore the trail profile of this classic Colorado hike for a trail map and all the details like driving directions, trail difficulty rating, and ...
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Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir

Looking for a trail that will provide some shade on a hot Colorado day? This hiking trail has shade, plus a waterfall, a stream, a canyon, and lake. It's hard to beat. Forsythe Canyon is just outside Boulder, Colorado (1hr 15min from Denver), and is an easy to moderate hike. Check out our full hiking trail profile for details and ...
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Hiking Green Mountain Near Boulder

Green Mountain in Boulder, Colorado is a strenuous hike that offers fantastic views of the Front Range, Flatirons, and a wide panorama at the top of Green Mountain. The trails around Chautauqua park offer a several options to summit Green Mountain, letting you take your trail of choice, but in the trail profile below, we'll point out the most direct ...
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Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon Park

The Horseshoe Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a wonderful hike for older kids, experienced and non-experienced hikers. It's a great trail for spotting wildlife, from birds to deer, viewing fall colors and wildflowers, and taking in the beautiful scenic view along the trail. Several of the backcountry campsites areas are also accessible from the Horseshoe trail. We'll ...
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Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

If you are visiting Boulder, this is a great Colorado hike. Mt. Sanitas gives you several trail options ranging from an easy stroll along a meandering brook to a demanding trail up the mountainside. Explore the trail profile below for all the info you need on this hike near Boulder ...
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