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    Boulder is a home rule city that is the county seat and most populous municipality of Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 108,250 at the 2020 United States census, makin…
    Boulder is a home rule city that is the county seat and most populous municipality of Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 108,250 at the 2020 United States census, making it the 12th most populous city in Colorado. Boulder is the principal city of the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and an important part of the Front Range Urban Corridor.


    A Backbone of the South Boulder Trail System
    Mesa Trail runs north to south all the way from the top of Bluebell Road in Chautauqua to the South Mesa Trailhead near Eldorado Springs. As a product of its extended nature, Mesa Trail travels up and down through varied terrain and environments. The general pattern the Mesa Trail follows is into and out of drainages and across flatter sections in between. Mesa trail connects to pretty much every major east-west trail in south Boulder. Trail junctions include the Kohler and Enchanted Mesa trails, the NCAR trails, Bear Canyon Trail, Fern Canyon trail, North and South Fork Shanahan Trail, Upper Big Bluestem Trail, Shadow Canyon, Homestead Trail and Towhee trails. Trail users can expect to travel through mixed grassland/prairie and ponderosa pine savannah. Looking westward, great views of the Flatirons and frontrange peaks can be had. Simultaneously, vistas of the plains are on offer to the east. Near the junction with Shadow Canyon South Spur, there are great views of devil's thumb, a large rock tower on South Boulder Peak's southern ridge. The largest and most sustained elevation change is on Mesa Trail's southern end as it descends into Eldorado Canyon. This portion of trail also happens to be mostly exposed so heading up it during the summer can be a scorcher. Flora & Fauna Black bears and mountain lions inhabit this area. The area is rich with wildlife including Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, songbirds, mule deer, and coyotes. This trail passes through a mixture mixed grass prairie ponderosa pine savannah.
    A Perfect Trail Runner's Path
    An out-and-back trail run totaling 13.4 miles and 3,200 feet in elevation changes. The Mesa Trail is a classic out and back trail run totaling 13.4 miles. The trail is also popular with hikers with or without leashed dogs and people on horseback. You can begin your run from either the Chautauqua Park trailhead or from Eldorado Canyon at the South Mesa Trailhead. When starting from Eldo, the first miles are exposed with no shade. The rest of the route into Chautauqua is shaded by pines and other trees. The trail has sections with railroad ties and rocks. Roundtrip there is a total of 3,250 feet plus of total elevation gain. The south end of trail offers wide open views of the Flatirons and the prairies to the east. Most of the trail skirts the base of the Flatirons, winding through pine forests festooned with boulders, roots and streams. The rolling elevation along a well-defined trail makes this a perfect trail runner's path. It's also shady for most of the way in the summer, a boon on scorching Boulder afternoons. Trail runners who want to get a solid workout but want to stay on well defined trails will love the Mesa Trail. It doesn't take long to get away from weekend crowds, especially the section from South Mesa to NCAR's access trails. Parking in the South is access from South Mesa Trailhead, 1.7 miles west of Highway 93 on Eldorado Springs Drive. If starting from the north, Gregory Canyon, take Baseline Road west from Baseline and 93 a little over a mile to the Gregory Canyon Trailhead access road. The turnoff is west of the Chautauqua Meadow and east of where Baseline Road becomes Flagstaff Mountain Road and goes up Flagstaff Mountain. If you start climbing up the paved road, you've gone too far!


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