Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Flatirons Vista, City of Boulder Open Space
Flatirons Vista Trail
City of Boulder Open Space
Date Hiked: Sept. 11, 2012
Distance: 3.5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 300ft
Elevation Min/Max: 5,871 to 6,199ft
Managing Agency: City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks
Flatirons Vista Trailhead Map (OSMP)
Flatirons Vista Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: From Boulder, head south on Hwy 93 past the turn-off for Eldorado Springs, and Past Marshal Mesa. The trailhead will be on the right (west). From Denver, head west on I-70 to 58, west on 58 to 93, north on 93 to the Trailhead.
The Flatirons Vista trail does not lie...it gives you a great view of the Flatirons... The trail is mostly flat and I suggest hiking the loop counter-clockwise, this gives you a nicer return trip. The first part of the hike can get monotonous, follow a dirt road and the power lines straight back to the Flatirons Vista. Once you reach the fence, with the view of the Flatirons, you have two choices, you can continue down the hill and hook up with the Doudy Draw trail, or you can continue the Flatirons Vista loop, which is described here. If you stay to the left and follow the fence, your return trip will take you trough a very pleasant pine forest back to the trailhead. This way is much nicer than following the power lines. The hike is easy to follow and straightforward. The view of the Flatirons is wonderful and should not be missed.
And here are some photos from a nice evening back in April of 2010...