Chautauqua trail to Ski Jump trail Loop

An easy mile and a quarter loop to get high enough to get a nice view of Boulder. Lots of other trail options to make a longer hike.
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An easy mile and a quarter loop to get high enough to get a nice view of Boulder. Lots of other trail options to make a longer hike.

The city of Boulder offers lots of mountain trails. This is one of the simplest and most accessible loops in the trail system. Start from the Chautauqua Park parking lot where a detailed information board provides a posted map and where you can pick up a map of the extensive trail system to take with you.

Go up the Chautauqua trail. To do a clockwise loop as described here, remain on the Chautauqua trail, passing by the Ski Jump trail on your right. This is where you will come out to return to the parking lot. Continue up into the woods facing the Flatirons. The tree branches will begin to frame the Flatirons for some great photos.

From here, continue to turn right at the next two junctions and follow the signs for the Ski Jump trail. The trail will crest then start to descend and views of Boulder will peek through the branches of the trees until you clear the woods and are just above the Chautauqua trail. The parking lot where you started will be visible. Return to the Chautauqua trail, turn left and return to the parking lot. More information available at osmp.org.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 2.1

Waypoints

Chautauqua trail/Ski Jump trail Junction

Location: 39.997125, -105.285579

Chautauqua trail/Bluebell Mesa trail Junction

Location: 39.995636, -105.286302

Chautauqua trail/Bluebell-Baird trail Junction

Location: 39.992911, -105.289274

Bluebell-Baird trail/Ski Jump trail Junction

Location: 39.996347, -105.289291

Chautauqua Park Trail Head

Location: 39.998804, -105.282993

Chautauqua Park Trail Head

Location: 39.998797, -105.283156

A helpful information board with a map, trail description, local flora and fauna descriptions and safety precautions. You can also pick up a map to take with you. Feel free to return it after your hike if you don't need it any more for someone else to use.

The Approach

Location: 39.998756, -105.283527

The trail starts with a gentle incline. If you're visiting from Sea Level, take it easy, you're already at 5,000 feet and the air is thinner here!

Chautauqua trail/Ski Jump trail Junction

Location: 39.997108, -105.285556

The first of many trail junction options. All junctions are well marked with signs.

Chautauqua trail/Bluebell Mesa trail Junction

Location: 39.995653, -105.286269

Bluebell Mesa Trail

Location: 39.995639, -105.286279

Remnant Snow

Location: 39.995033, -105.28695

Snow hiding in the shadow of this tree in March. This trail can get very snowy and icy - bring some extra traction if you're here in the winter.

In the woods

Location: 39.993664, -105.288353

Chautauqua trail/Bluebell-Baird trail Junction

Location: 39.99292, -105.289267

Bluebell-Baird trail/Ski Jump trail Junction

Location: 39.99635, -105.289278

Looking North

Bluebell-Baird trail/Ski Jump trail Junction

Location: 39.996345, -105.289294

Looking east

Front Range

Location: 39.996983, -105.287978

Looking north along the Front Range above Boulder.

Boulder

Location: 39.996983, -105.287403

Looking east at Boulder

Back to the Chautauqua Trail

Location: 39.996845, -105.286456