Hiking the 1st Flatiron at Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Kama Solonoski

This was our first hike in Colorado. The views are amazing.

This amazing trail starts at Chautauqua Park in Boulder. Elevation at start is 5,710ft. It is a very popular hike so on weekends it is usually pretty crowded. Parking is a bit of a pain. We usually park on the surrounding streets. 

The trail begins on a wide open plain looking straight up to the Flatirons. With my personal experience the first mile of this hike is always the worst. Up & up you go until you hit your first glimpse of Flatiron 3. This is when the trail starts to change. You are surrounded by pines & cedars. Wild flowers surround you as you hike. You will eventually get a 3 way split. Take the trail towards Flatiron 1 & 2. The trail splits quickly again for Flatiron 1. Follow signs right and continue on steep switchbacks across an uneven stone field. The trail curls up a final set of switchbacks to the back of Flatiron 1 and its official end at the Saddle Rock Trail split. From here a short scramble leads up to an alcove behind Flatiron 1 with panoramas across Boulder's back range and Continental Divide.


5.6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1512 ft Gain




Rock Climbing, Hiking

Dog Friendly
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