Flatirons Vista Trail

Boulder County, Colorado

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain55ft
Trailhead Elevation5,897ft
Top5,929ft
Elevation Min/Max5897/5929ft
Elevation Start/End5897/5897ft

Flatirons Vista Trail

Flatirons Vista Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 5,897 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 55 feet. Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead, Flatirons Vista Trailhead, and other parkings are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Greenbelt Plateau Trail, Prairie Vista, Flatirons Vista North and Flatirons Vista South.

Flatirons Vista Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"To dub a powerline "scenic" may seem contradictory, but this relatively flat trail follows artistic towers that actually add to the visual power of the walk.

Both trail and powerline climb west toward Eldorado Canyon through the endangered tall-grass prairie that once dominated the high plains along Colorado's Front Range. Boulder County has been a leader in preserving this fading ecosystem, which sustains a number of grass and wildflower species."

"Boulder’s famous Flatirons form the backdrop for this mesatop ramble, with open prairie views spreading east on the downhill side.

A swath of high prairie just south of the Boulder basin buffers the mountain front and the signature Flatirons from
development on the flatlands. A network of hiking and multi-use trails crisscross the grassland, including this lovely
little loop. The trail names say it all."

"The walk across the mesa is truly a seasonal hike best done in early spring when the meadows are abloom with sego lilies, lupine, penstemon, and Indian paintbrush in quick and colorful succession.

This is also a perfect evening hike on a late summer afternoon as the sun begins to set behind the tree-covered mountains, washing them and the dramatic sandstone cliffs west of Boulder."

"One of the prettiest rides in the book. A small collection of trails nestled against the foothills south of Boulder offers a quick but potentially strenuous mountain bike ride.

Among the latest areas opened to mountain bikers near Boulder, the Flatirons Vista-Doudy Draw area, snuggled against the strikingly beautiful foothills south of Eldorado Canyon, offers several miles of really nice trails and wide gravel paths."

Flatirons Vista Trail Reviews

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5/22/2010
Definitely not a good trail if you're looking for somewhere to go hiking. This area is ridiculously windy, you walk along powerlines, and are constantly moving out of the way for bikers and runners. There is a nice view for a short while but I emphasize short.
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5/28/2007
The trail was in good condition and the wildflowers were blooming. The only drawback of this trail is that the power lines remind you of civilization, but the views you can see from the top make up for it. I thought I heard a rattlesnake, so it may be wise to stay on trail, especially if you have children with you.
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Trail Information

Boulder County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
City of Boulder Open Space maps, “Doudy Draw Flatirons Vista,” bouldercolorado.gov/files/openspace/maps/trailheads/DoudyDrawFlatironsVista.pdf
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Sep 2018