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Boulder, CO: Big Bluestem Trail to South Boulder Creek Trail

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Distance: 4.4 miles


This easy, 4.4-mile loop outside Boulder links Big Bluestem Trail to South Boulder Creek Trail and features vibrant wildflowers and 5-star views of the Flatirons.
  • Big Bluestem Trail
  • South Boulder Creek Trailhead
  • Big Bluestem Trail
  • Big Bluestem Trail
  • Views of the Flatirons
  • Views of the Flatirons
  • Gate
  • Big Bluestem Trail
  • Prairie Dog
  • The Flatirons
  • Old Fence
  • Big Bluestem Trail
  • Wildflowers
  • Flatiron Views
  • Wildflowers
  • Gate
  • Wildflowers
  • Views to the East
  • Trail Junction
  • Big Bluestem Trail
  • South Boulder Creek Trail
  • South Boulder Creek Trail
  • South Boulder Creek Trail
  • Grazing Cattle
  • Views from South Boulder Creek Trail

Located at the foot of Boulder's Flatirons, this easy, 4.4-mile loop is perfect for a quick dayhike or a scenic trail run. From the South Boulder Creek Trailhead, hike west on Thomas Lane, a dirt road that leads to the Big Bluestem Trail. After 0.3 mile, pass through a metal gate and continue west on Big Bluestem Trail. The dirt path runs across mixed grass prairie with postcard-worthy views of the Flatirons. Less than a mile and a half later, the trail begins a gentle climb up grassy slopes dotted with wildflowers.

The route tops out at a T-junction at mile 2.2. Turn left on the wide and well-maintained Mesa Trail and begin the return descent. Less than half a mile later, make another left turn onto South Boulder Creek Trail, a narrow, rock-strewn path that travels past grazing cattle and more picturesque views of the Flatirons. After 4.3 miles, turn left at the final trail junction for the 200-yard stretch back to the parking area.

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-Mapped by Kim Phillips

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