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."
--Tracy Salcedo, 12 Short Hikes in the Boulder Foothills (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Ania Savage, Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Robert Hurst, Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
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.
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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