If you are looking for hiking in Boulder, Colorado, we all know you don’t have to go far. There are bike trails, hike trails, and running trails that crisscross the city and the mountains and Boulderites love to take advantage.
This last Sunday, Ken and I knew we wanted to take advantage and get outside but we also knew that our usual hiking trails at Chautauqua would be jam packed. We wanted to get out of the city and go exploring so we picked a new hiking trail and set out for some fun.
We randomly chose the Meyers Homestead Trail. This trail is 9 miles south west of Boulder off of Flagstaff road. It is a bit over 5 miles long and is rated “moderate” in terms of difficulty. To get there, you will twist and turn all the way up to the top of the mountain. After you reach the top and start to descend, the Meyers Homestead Trail will be off to your right.
We knew when we drove in we had found our new happy place. The parking lot was almost empty and there was wide open space as far as our eyes could see. Since the trail is pretty much at the top of the mountain, it has an openness and airiness that a lot of the other trails don’t have.
The well maintained, wide trail starts to roll gently up as you continue your ascent. One of the many cool things along the way is an old, abandoned sawmill. The first families that settled on that land used the sawmill to harvest timber for their own use and for sale in Boulder County. The Boulder Canyon Overlook is the end of the trail and is 2.6 miles from the parking area where there are some nice views and a bench to rest!
I can’t wait to get out there again next weekend!