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Hikes Near Boulder


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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Rattlesnake Gulch Trail at Eldorado State Park

The Rattlesnake Gulch trail takes you up the sides of Eldorado Canyon, one of Colorado's historic State Parks. This lollipop trail takes you past the ruins of the Crags Hotel, then on to gain views of the Continental Divide. Scroll down to look over the trail snapshot, then explore the trail details and tips below for this rewarding hike in ...
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Red Rocks Trail at Settlers Park in Boulder

Agiant underground sandstone formation runs from Ft. Collins all the way through Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Here at Red Rocks Trail in Boulder, the rock juts out of the ground to transform the landscape. It makes for an inspiring short hike. Explore the hike snapshot and detailed trail profile below to get a feel for this great ...
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Royal Arch Trail – Hike in Boulder, Colorado

The hike up to Royal Arch in Boulder's Chautauqua Park is a serious workout, but the beauty of Bluebell canyon and the view of Royal Arch make it worth the journey. Our most important tip for making this an enjoyable hike is to go when it's not so crowded, during the early morning or on weekdays. Scroll down to get ...
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