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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

  • First and Second Flatirons Hike in Boulder

  • 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

  • Eldorado Falls Hike at Walker Ranch

  • 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

  • Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir Hike

  • 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

  • Green Mountain Hike

  • 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

  • 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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Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir

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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Gregory Canyon Hike to Realization Point

The trail up Gregory Canyon is a moderately challenging hike to Realization Point Trailhead where hikers can pick up two different loop trails. Both loops offer expansive views of the Rocky Mountains in the West and wildflowers along the trail. Explore the full Gregory Canyon-Realization Point hike profile ...
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Hall Ranch Hike Near Lyons, Colorado

Hall Ranch, just outside of Lyons Colorado, is a hiking, mountain biking, trail running destination that features red sandstone buttes, vast green meadows, and panoramic views of white snowcapped meadows. Tucked into the foothills near the St. Vrain River, the trails at Hall Ranch are a great escape from life in the city. Explore the full Hall Ranch hike profile ...
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Heil Valley Ranch Ponderosa Loop Hike

Heil Valley Ranch near Boulder offers this rewarding lollipop-loop hike which features views of distant snowcapped mountains and geological features unique to this section of Colorado. Nestled in the foothills between Boulder and Lyons this singletrack trail is a great destination for both hikers and mountain bikers. However, soil erosion has required occasional trail closures, so be sure to check ...
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Hiking Green Mountain Near Boulder

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

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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Jasper Lake Hike in Indian Peaks

Jasper Lake requires a 5.5-mile (one-way) hike into the mountainous, wildflower-laden Indian Peaks Wilderness. Just 40 minutes outside of Boulder Colorado and about 1hr 15 minutes from Denver, the trail to Jasper Lake gets its start at the Hessie Trailhead. Travel an additional mile beyond Jasper to see Devils Thumb, a striking rock formation that looms above Devil's Thumb Lake ...
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Long Lake Loop in Indian Peaks

Long Lake offers an easy 1.5 mile loop hike in Indian Peaks Wilderness. Located about 1 hour West of Boulder, Colorado, Long Lake is an easy-to-access alpine lake with stunning scenery. It's a popular spot, especially in the Summer months, so be sure to read the details on access fees and the notes below on the Long Lake Trailhead. Explore ...
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Lost Lake Hike Near Nederland

Lost Lake is an accessible 4-mile (approximate) hike to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by the mountains of Indian Peaks. Just over one hour northwest of Denver, the trail up to lost lake takes you along the course of Middle Boulder creek, a slide waterfall, a set of tumbling cascades, and a variety of wildflowers that decorate the borders of ...
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Mt. Sanitas Hike Near Boulder

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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Rattlesnake Gulch Trail at Eldorado State Park

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

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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