*UPDATE: Trail closed since flood 2013.
Darby’s Favorite Reasons to Love This Hike
- Hidden in the small mountain community of Jamestown, north-west of Boulder, this hike isn’t even marked. It is known as CR102J, or James Creek and difficult to find if you don’t know where to look. You’ll enjoy a less crowded hike, compared to all the other Boulder hikes.
Read more: James Creek-CR102J
Darby's favorite Reasons to Love this Hike:
- This is a newer trail (formerly known as Joder Ranch) in north Boulder, off Highway 36, just north of Neva Road. Acquired by Boulder in early 2016, this trail follows the slope of the foothills offering great views of the eastern plains and north Boulder mountains.
Read more: Joder Trail
Darby's Favorite Reasons to Love this Hike
- Lost Lake is a very popular short (3.5 miles round trip) but beautiful hike in the Arapaho Wilderness; you can make it a whole day trip or overnight by continuing to Devil's Thumb Trail (5 miles one way), into Indian Peak Wilderness: King Lake/continental divide (5.2 miles one way) Betty Lake (5.5 miles one way) Bob Lake (6 miles ones way), or travel the Woodland Lake Trail (5.7 miles one way).
Read more: Lost Lake-Hessie Trailhead
Darby's Top Reasons to Love this Hike:
Darby's Special Note: We go here all the time. It's my most favorite.
1. This trail is a low, mesa facing the Flatiron Mountains of Boulder. The views are amazing! So don't forget your panorama setting on your camera. In the early 1900's, Marshall was once a coal mining town. More on the history read this: Walking Through History on Marshall Mesa
Read more: Marshall Mesa
Darby’s Top Reasons to Love this Hike:
1. This trail is the southern end of the Mesa Trail system, which connects towards NCAR and Chautauqua. There are so many trails in this system, you could go for a short hike, or an all day hike if you’re ambitious. Take a 4 mile loop: Mesa Trail to Big Bluestem to Homestead or Towhee (no dogs on Towhee). Or a bigger loop, including Shadow Canyon. Or try the trails connecting to the north, via the Mesa Trail: Mallory Cave, Bear Canyon, Fern Canyon, Shanahan Ridge, Skunk Canyon, Enchanted Mesa, Kohler Mesa, McClintock (no dogs allowed on McClintock). Link to South Mesa maps here.
Read more: Mesa Trail South Boulder (starting at Eldorado Canyon)