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Boulder, CO: Woods Quarry

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Distance: 2.9 miles


Hit the Enchanted Mesa en route to this little-visited destination--stone recliners overlooking the city of Boulder--on this 2.9-mile loop in Chautauqua Park.
  • Stone Recliners at Woods Quarry
  • Beginning
  • Centennial Garden
  • Kiosk
  • North Foothills
  • Rugged Path
  • Cabin
  • Overlook
  • Boulder
  • Sign
  • Bridge
  • Bluebell Road

Woods Quarry is a little-visited gem in Chautauqua Park—Boulder's backyard playground. This 2.9-mile clockwise loop hits the rock-littered quarry by following the McClintock Trail to the Enchanted Mesa and heading uphill to an old stone cabin just past the loop's halfway point. The cabin marks the right turn at the base of the short, but steep, stair-step climb to the quarry. The quarry itself is an open shelf below a cliff face that is littered with rocks and a half-dozen hand-built chairs perfect for soaking up the view of the city below.

The return route follows the hillside north and descends 100 feet to an overlook of the Third Flatiron. Continuing downhill, you'll pass a huge, lone boulder on the descent and rejoin the Mesa Trail at mile 2.1. The hard-packed path descends a few wooden steps and crosses a stream in Bluebell Canyon before joining a roughly-paved trail for an easy 0.5-mile downhill toward the trailhead.

-Mapped by Kristy Holland

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