Boulder Hikes

We’ve found the best hikes near Boulder, Colorado. But be warned, Boulder is a town made for outdoor adventure! With 200 miles of hiking trails just outside the city, you will want to spend days hiking and exploring all that the Boulder region has to offer. If you want to take a break from hiking, there are innumerable options for outdoor fun around here – biking, climbing, and fishing are just a few ideas for spending time outdoors here.

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THE TOP 10 HIKES AROUND BOULDER

If you’re planning a trip to Boulder or live in Boulder, our top 10 hikes 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!

#1. 1st Flatiron (4.2km, 472m, 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 when in Boulder! Hiking a short distance, 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!

#2. Bear Peak (12.9km, 862m, 5-7h): Bear Peak is a challenging hike that summits one of Boulder’s highest peaks (elevation 8,459 ft.) 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!

#3. Betasso Preserve (14.8km, 499m, 4-6h): The Betasso Preserve 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.

#4. Sugarloaf Mountain (2.4km, 128m, 1-2h): The Sugarloaf Mountain hike is a prominent bald mountain hike 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.

#5. South Boulder Peak (12.7km, 897m, 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!

#6. Green Mountain (7.7km, 738m, 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!

#7. Gregory Canyon to Flagstaff Mountain (6km, 409m, 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!

#8. Mount Sanitas (5.3km, 372m, 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.

#9. Royal Arch (6km, 583m, 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!

#10. Boulder Creek Trail (7.4km, 108m, 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!

01. 1st Flatiron

01. 1st Flatiron

  • Difficulty
  • 4.2km
  • 472m
  • 2-3h

02. Bear Peak

02. Bear Peak

  • Difficulty
  • 12.9km
  • 862m
  • 5-7h

03. Betasso Preserve

03. Betasso Preserve

  • Difficulty
  • 14.8km
  • 499m
  • 4-6h

04. Sugarloaf Mountain

04. Sugarloaf Mountain

  • Difficulty
  • 2.4km
  • 128m
  • 1-2h

05. South Boulder Peak

05. South Boulder Peak

  • Difficulty
  • 12.7km
  • 897m
  • 4-6h

06. Green Mountain

06. Green Mountain

  • Difficulty
  • 7.7km
  • 738m
  • 3-5h

07. Gregory Canyon to Flagstaff Mountain

07. Gregory Canyon to Flagstaff Mountain

  • Difficulty
  • 6km
  • 409m
  • 2-3h

08. Mount Sanitas

08. Mount Sanitas

  • Difficulty
  • 5.3km
  • 372m
  • 2-4h

09. Royal Arch

09. Royal Arch

  • Difficulty
  • 6km
  • 583m
  • 2.5-4h

10. Boulder Creek Trail

10. Boulder Creek Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 7.4km
  • 108m
  • 1.5-2.5h

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

– Henry David Thoreau