444.3 miles: Lower Bluestem Trail, Boulder, CO

Miles: 3.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 390 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hr 20 min total

Trail Head:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/shanahan-ridge-trail

Notes:

Quick repeat hike in south Boulder— Shanahan Ridge is always a lot less busy than most Boulder trailheads. This trail starts in a neighborhood and extends into a vista framed by the flat irons. My friend and I met up and just hiked Lower Bluestem and back, relatively flat and a very wide trail.

409.2 miles: Canyon Loop, Betasso Preserve, Boulder, CO

Date: September 29, 2020

Miles: 3.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 486 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hr 15 min total

Trail Head:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/canyon-loop

Notes:

Holy mountain bikes! I would not recommend hiking this trail this time of year— definitely not hiked friendly. The trail was very narrow and bikes tended to fly past with no regard for hikers. The loop is easy enough and close to boulder— gradual downhill followed by gradual uphill. It feature views of the canyon, foothills and flatirons. It’s beautiful around sunset. I would look online and hike this on a day mountain bikers are not allowed.

303.3 miles: Mallory Cave, Boulder, CO

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Miles: 2.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 823 feet

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Time: 1 hr 30 min total

Trail Head:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/mallory-cave

Notes:

Another early morning hike to beat the heat and crowds. I met up with a friend and hiked to the top of Mallory Cave from the NCAR trailhead. This is a great summer hike since it features shade, and is mostly shaded during the uphill sections. From NCAR, follow signs for the Mesa Trail and Mallory Cave. The trail first descends into the valley, then after the trail junction climbs elevation intermittently to the top. The cave entrance is currently closed for bats.

Look out from Mallory Cave

300.6 miles: North Fork Shanahan Trail, Boulder, CO

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Miles: 1.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 138 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 min total

Trail Head:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/north-fork-shanahan-trail

Notes:

I went for an early morning hike in Boulder after running an errand– just a quick loop off the Shanahan Ridge trail head, before heading back to Denver. I’ve hiked / reported about this trail a lot, so I don’t have that much else to say about it. It starts off as a pretty wide trail, before I veered left on a more narrow path to loop back to the Shanahan Ridge trail. It was pretty quiet in the morning, most people were wearing masks and practicing social distance.

294 miles: Green Mountain West, Boulder, CO

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020

Miles: 3.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 721 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 1 hr 30 min total

Trail Head:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/green-mountain-west-trail

Notes:

We entered the stretch of the summer where it feels way too hot to even try to hike during the day! So, on this weekend in July, we flip flopped our usual routine and went to Boulder for the sunset hike to the summit of Green Mountain. We took the west trail, limiting the elevation we had to gain for the summit. The first mile of the trail is relatively flat, and the last half mile contains the most elevation gain. I accidentally stopped my recording, so check out the link for the full mileage / elevation profile. We had the summit to ourselves for sunset!