Hike to the 1st Flatiron

Colorado Chautauqua Park Trailhead

Added by Annie Rumbles

Leave the crowd behind by pushing yourself just that bit further - passed the beautiful 2nd Flatiron and finishing behind the grand, and iconic, 1st Flatiron.

Starting at the ever-popular and ever-populated Chautauqua Trailhead, take the main trail (a highway version of a dirt trail) straight towards the Flatirons. Continue going straight passed the Ski Jump trail to your right (0.2 mi.), then at a crossroads with the Bluebell-Baird trail (0.3 mi.) turn right onto the 1st/2nd Flatiron trail (0.7 mi.). Follow this trail over a rock slide, twice, and passed the 2nd Flatiron via several switchbacks. Don't be fooled, once you reach the 2nd Flatiron, continue through a saddleback, up a couple more switchbacks, and up to the backside of the 1st Flatiron.

Once there, find yourself a nook in the rock, sit, and listen to swallows and swifts chirping overhead as you look out toward Indian Peaks Wilderness area and Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

If you'd like to assist in keeping Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks clean like I do, perhaps carry along a bag to fill with any trash you come across along the way. Because of the high use of this beautiful area, some treat it with less than the respect it deserves - leave no trace!

Pack List

This is a fairly straightforward hike in a high-traffic area, so should you need any assistance, you should find many willing Boulderites around to help out. While it is a simple hike in a busy area, you should still go prepared:

  • Hiking boots or running shoes
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Smile! (You will stick out like a sore thumb if you don't smile to your fellow hikers!)

Note: This hike is possible in the Winter, but be careful when hiking in snow. I suggest some type of boot crampon to avoid slipping!

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Activities:

Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1422 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Scenic

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10 days ago

Flatiron-1

This trail was a little more difficult than expected. Snow and Ice made passing others a little difficult in places, and convinced us to go buy shoe spikes. We pussed-out going to the top as you do have to navigate a fairly steep incline at the end. I had fun just being outside and enjoying the hike. It's about the trip there not the destination.

10 days ago

13 days ago

My favorite!

I've lived in Colorado for almost 7 months and I've done this trail 5 times. Need I say more? Each hike it gets a little easier but the view at the top never gets old.

13 days ago

about 1 month ago

Worth the trip

For the distance of hike you can't beat the views. Right outside the city, easily accessible and killer views.

about 1 month ago

about 1 month ago

Great Views right outside the City.

Love this short, steep hike. Spent my summer just outside Boulder and was lucky enough to get to the top of the Flatirons twice. The first time I did this hike, and the second time around I free-soloed the second flat iron- another must do for any climbers out there.

about 1 month ago

2 months ago

Beautiful, Accessible Hike!

My husband and I went on this hike on our honeymoon. It is close to Boulder, making it very accessible. The directions provided were wonderful and we were able to find the trail head with no problem. The switchbacks were a little more steep than anticipated but the view from the top was well worth it!

2 months ago

6 months ago

Loved It!

Pretty easy and quick hike with great views from the top and on the way

6 months ago

9 months ago

This Is A Must

Beautiful views all along the way and there was just enough people not to feel absolutely alone but without it feeling crowded. The top had great views and was really peaceful. If you are lucky you might find a few people climbing the 1st flatiron. If you go on winter be ready for slipping all the way down, snow made it really hard to descend. I didn't even wear running shoes and managed to made it through, though it would have been way easier with crampons, I strongly recommend wearing them if possible.

9 months ago

Added by Annie Rumbles

22-year-old wanna-be-photographer-and-scientist in my freshman year of the real world. All I want is a good adventure.

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