Homestead Trail, Shadow Canyon, and Mesa Trail Loop

This loop around Homestead Trail and the Mesa Trail, with some added mileage on the Shadow Canyon South Trail is a relatively easy hike of 4.15 miles with a total of 800 ft elevation gain. These trails, located in South Boulder, provide lush green scenery at this time of year with beautiful views of the mountains, including the Flatirons, as well as an abundance of wildflowers.

Hiking the Foothills Bench Trail

Overview The Foothills Bench Trail is an underrated 4-mile out-and-back trail on the northwest corner of Boulder. The trail is relatively flat, rolling gently over the bottom edge of the Foothills, with lovely meadows and wildflowers. Friday, May 3 was a warm sunny day, and I couldn’t stay indoors, so …

Hiking Hall Ranch

Overview On April 27 my husband and I went for a nearly 10-mile loop hike at Hall Ranch. It’s just outside of Lyons, but still in Boulder County. The loop trail goes clockwise up Nighthawk Trail, connects along Nelson Loop, and finishes up with Bitterbrush Trail. Although it is long, …