Marshall Mesa

Boulder County, Colorado 80307

Elevation Gain168ft
Trailhead Elevation5,716ft
Elevation Min/Max5561/5716ft
Elevation Start/End5716/5716ft

Marshall Mesa

Marshall Mesa is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 5,716 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 168 feet. This trail connects with the following: Community Ditch Trail and Mesa Valley Trail.

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"This is a relatively short, easy stroll or ride through pretty, rolling grasslands and hills,
with an amazing backdrop of the Flatirons foothills on the way back, with snowcapped peaks in the distance. It is a short route for a family hike, or an easy mountain bike outing."

"Once the site of extensive coal mining activity, Marshall Mesa now harbors prairie grasses (and prairie dog colonies), wildflowers, a nice loop hike, and great Flatiron views."

"This outing is most easily accomplished on a mountain bike but could also be hiked. It features some of the most stunning views of the Flatirons and Fountain-era rock formations on the western leg of the loop.

As soon as you turn west, you will have panoramic views and varying scenery, including magnificent meadows. You can shorten the route by reversing course at any point and still have a satisfying day."

"Boulder’s Open Space acquisitions include historic Marshall Mesa in southern Boulder County. The vegetation has survived in the remains of a coal mining operation active as recently as 50 years ago. The semi-arid grasslands are interspersed with pine.

Wildflowers now flourish under open skies where miners once sweated underground. Marshall Mesa Trail is gentle to its intersection with Greenbelt Trail, and in spring and early summer it’s a wonderful wildflower walk highlighted by scattered golden dainty sundrops. Sweeping views of the red-finned Flatirons to the west add a bonus. Wildflower alert: Drifts of dainty sundrops and buttercups in spring."

"The Marshall Mesa and Community Ditch Trail is one of the most popular trails in all of Boulder County. In Under the Devil’s Thumb, David Gessner describes another nearby trail as “a sort of StairMaster-with-view. ”The same description may apply to this one. The trail follows an easy route atop Marshall Mesa before descending to and crossing Colorado Highway 93 on its way toward Eldorado Springs Canyon.

The views here of the Flatirons are among Boulder’s best. Trail users regularly bring their dogs, as the trail runs alongside a water-filled “community ditch,” as well as Marshall Lake. This trail can become quite crowded during the weekends. Terrain: Wide singletrack, doubletrack, and gravel road that rolls atop mesas, through sprawling grasslands, and past sandstone cliffs."

"From the trailhead, head south (up) on a short climb to where Coal Seam Trail meets Marshall Valley Trail. Stay on Coal Seam to an area that feels like you are running on Moab’s slickrock. Coal Seam converges with Community Ditch Trail near an underpass that brings you under CO 93, heading west, with Eldorado Canyon beckoning you as you cruise along the ditch on a flat, fast path."

"Excellent beginner’s ride close to Boulder. Great views of the Flatirons and Indian Peaks. Can be biked most of the year. Tread: 1.6 miles on singletrack and 7.2 miles on wide doubletrack."

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Trail Information

Boulder County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks Marshall Mesa/Greenbelt Plateau; Latitude 40° Boulder-Nederland Trails
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