The Mesa Trail leads 6.9 miles south from Chautaugua Park Trailhead to Mesa Trailhead. It provides excellent views of the Flatirons as it passes east of them for at least a mile from the Chautaugua Trailhead. The first trail the Mesa intersects is the McClintock Trail. A short distance south the trail intersects the Enchanted Mesa Trail, then the Kohler Mesa Trail. From this point Mesa Trail climbs slightly to 6,300 feet then remains at that elevation as it passes through Skunk Canyon and crosses two drainages. The trail descends slightly as it intersects the trails that extend from the NCAR Trailhead.
After passing over Table Mesa the trail enters Bear Canyon Creek, follows the drainage for a short distance and ascends to 6,400 feet. It then crosses the Fern Canyon drainage remaining fairly level. The trail splits less than a mile south of Fern Canyon. Take the right fork at this junction. Continuing southward the trail splits again immediately east of the rock formation known as Devils Thumb. Again follow the right fork ascending slightly then dropping into Shadow Canyon. The trail descends from 6,600 feet in Shadow Canyon to 5,880 feet at the Mesa Trailhead during the last mile.
Directions: From State Road 93, Traveling south from Boulder on State Highway 93 turn right on to Eldorado Springs Drive. Follow this road for 1.75 miles to the Mesa Trailhead.
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Follow the paved road that heads due south from the parking lot off of Baseline Road. It will go to dirt then obviously turn into a trail. You can follow Mesa out of the park, and pick up trails that will take you miles and miles to the south. This is one of the classic trail runs in Boulder. There are lots of trail options to the west in Chautauqua.Directions
Chautauqua Park is in the southwest corner of Boulder on the south side of Baseline Road just before it heads up Flagstaff Mountain.Highlights
Boulder can't be beat for proximity to trails and the Mesa Trail is Exhibit A. The Mesa trail follows the contours of the Flat Irons (it's flat!) once you climb out of the park. Great Views to the east.