Scott Carpenter Park Trail

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Very Easy
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5.6 km
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22 m
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The Scott Carpenter Park Trail is a charming nature walk in Boulder’s city center. A perfect lunch break escapes from the busyness of the city or a weekend post-brunch walk, this trail checks all the boxes. Walk through aspens, evergreens, and greenspaces along the waters of Boulder Creek.

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Route Description for Scott Carpenter Park Trail

The Scott Carpenter Park Trail is a lovely trail along Boulder Creek. Hike through greenspaces, beneath the shade of vibrant aspens, evergreens, and past several sports arenas. Continently located just outside Boulder’s city center, the Scott Carpenter Park Hike is the perfect lunch break escape into a natural oasis. Let the fresh air fill your lungs as you hike along the well-maintained path. Open year-round, simply trade your hiking boots for snowshoes in the winter months.

Embark on your adventure along the Scott Carpenter Park Hike from the trailhead off 30th Street. From here, track the Scott Carpenter Path southwest through the greenspace. Soon after your departure from the trailhead, you will encounter an intersection with the Boulder Creek Path. Here, turn right and hike along the Boulder Creek Path through the sparse shade of evergreens along the babbling creek. Walk beneath the bridges, through aspen trees, and past several sports facilities. As you wander west, you will likely be in the company of bikers and several other outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the fresh air.

As you walk, enjoy the sounds of the gurgling waters and revel in the sights of the Boulder cityscape. You will eventually meet the trail’s end at the Boulder Farmers Market. From here, you can merge onto the Boulder Creek Multi-Use Path and explore further, or simply retrace your footing along the path all the way back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Scott Carpenter Park Trail Trailhead

The Scott Carpenter Park Trail departs from the trailhead in the Scott Carpenter Park off 30th Street.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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