hikes in Boulder
We’ve found the best hikes near Boulder, Colorado. But be warned, Boulder is a town made for outdoor adventure! With 200.0mi of hiking trails just outside the city, you will want to spend days hiking and exploring all that the Boulder region has to offer.
The best hikes around Boulder are the perfect way to really explore the Boulder area. We’re sharing some of the Classic Hikes around Boulder, but we’ve also shared some of the hidden gems that are mostly hiked by locals. There’s a great balance of difficulty in these hikes, including some wonderful family hikes in our list. Whatever you fancy, we’ve got something to showcase the best hikes that Boulder has to offer!
THE TOP 10 HIKES AROUND BOULDER, COLORADO
- 1st Flatiron (2.6mi, 1549ft, 2-3h): The 1st Flatiron hike is a very popular trail due to its proximity to Boulder and incredible views. This really is a must do hike when in Boulder! Just outside of town takes you to one of Boulder’s most recognizable natural features; a large blade of rock that is beautiful and impressive. Make sure to bring your camera on this hike!
- Bear Peak (8.0mi, 2828ft, 5-7h): Bear Peak is a challenging hike that summits one of Boulder’s highest peaks (elevation 8459ft) and offers panoramic views of the Front Range, Boulder, and Indian Peaks Wilderness. Trust us, the hike to Bear Peak is a great day out!
- Betasso Preserve (9.2mi, 1637ft, 4-6h): This great hike is located conveniently close to downtown Boulder. This trail is great for a family hike or more restful days. Hiking along this trail offers views of wildlife, Fourmile Canyon, and Boulder Canyon with plenty of spots to rest and appreciate your surroundings.
- Sugarloaf Mountain (1.5mi, 420ft, 1-2h): This great Boulder hike takes you to the top of a prominent bald mountain that is often overlooked, but offers one the best panoramic views in the area. Gaze into Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness from this hike. This short family friendly hike with low crowds and relatively minimal elevation is a must do when visiting the Boulder area.
- South Boulder Peak (7.9mi, 2943ft, 4-6h): The South Boulder Peak hike takes you to Boulder’s highest peak. A somewhat strenuous hike, taking you through a patch of recently burned forest, the views from the summit of South Boulder Peak are well worth the climb!
- Green Mountain (4.8mi, 2421ft, 3-5h): The Green Mountain hike is one of the five highest peaks near Boulder, and is a popular training route for hikers aspiring to tackle some of Colorado’s many 14ers. Although a strenuous hike to the summit of Green Mountain, the views of the surrounding peaks do not disappoint!
- Gregory Canyon to Flagstaff Mountain (3.7mi, 1342ft, 2-3h): The hike from Gregory Canyon to Flagstaff Mountain takes you to two of Boulder’s finest overlooks: Realization Point and Artist Point. A relatively easy hike, this route provides stunning views of the surrounding ranges and the continental divide!
- Mount Sanitas (3.3mi, 1220ft, 2-4h): The Mount Sanitas hike is a popular hiking trail just outside of Boulder. Don’t let the proximity and distance fool you. You hike along a rocky ridge line with great views of the Boulder Valley from the rapid (read: leg burning!) elevation gain.
- Royal Arch (3.7mi, 1913ft, 2.5-4h): The Royal Arch hike takes you to a large arch in the Boulder Flatirons that is hidden just out of view. If you want to see the Royal Arch, you have to hike to it!
- Boulder Creek Trail (4.6mi, 354ft, 1.5-2.5h): The Boulder Creek Trail hike is a perfect family friendly hike through Boulder Canyon and along Boulder Creek. With a paved trail at the start changing to a wide gravel trail, it is perfect for a stroll with the family or a down day from the other bigger hikes near Boulder!
The best hikes in Boulder
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