Best Mountain Biking in Boulder

Looking for the best mountain biking in Boulder? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Boulder. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

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  • Hike Woods Quarry

    You can start from Chautauqua Park, but I prefer to start at NCAR, especially since there is ample parking and you can take a bathroom break inside before hitting the trail. From the intersection of Table Mesa Drive and Broadway in Boulder, drive...

  • Mountain Bike the Betasso Preserve

    The Betasso Preserve features two loop trails that are accessible to both hikers and mountain bikers.  Drive up (west) Boulder Canyon about 15 minutes outside of Boulder and turn right (north)  on Sugarloaf Dr.  After another 5 or so minutes you'l...

    3.3 miles 564 ft gain

  • Hike or Bike the Walker Ranch Loop

    When it comes to hiking trails in Boulder, the standard response usually consists of either Chautauqua Park or Mt. Sanitas, and while both offer excellent hiking options, they are both usually jam packed on the weekends. If you’re looking to stay ...

    7.7 miles 1740 ft gain

  • Hike the Mountain Lion Trail

    There are three parking lots with direct access to the Mountain Lion Trail. The main one is off of Crawford Gulch Road, but any of them are good starting points!  This loop has pretty similar elevation gain and loss profiles no matter which way yo...

    6.7 miles 1230 ft gain

  • Hike the Sawmill to Maverick Loop

    For this adventure, you'll be completing the Sawmill to Maverick loop. It is a short, but gentle trail that will take you through open meadows, to pine forests, and great views of Denver and Golden.Starting from the west parking area, cross the ro...

    2 miles 450 ft gain

  • Hike the Blue Grouse Trail Loop

    Start the hike at the Blue Grouse Trailhead located next to Kriley Pond. Travel along Blue Grouse Trail for 0.7 miles until you reach a fork in the trail at Mule Trail where you will take a right. Along the Mule Trail you will travel up a series o...

    6 miles 400 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike the North Table Mountain Loop

    Once you're parked, you can choose to ride this trail either counterclockwise or clockwise. My personal recommendation is CCW, which entails you head up the steep paved road on the east-southeast corner of the parking lot first. The climb is about...

    7.5 miles 890 ft gain

  • Hike South Table Mountain

    Want to see a rainbow? Possibly some coyotes or other Colorado wildlife?This hike is full of twists and turns, mostly involving the trail, but also in surprises along the way.Drive into downtown Golden (grab some food if you're hungry) and then pa...

    3.3 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Hike Beaver Brook Trail at Windy Saddle Park

    Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top. On the north side of Lookout Mountain lies Windy Sad...

    5 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

    Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top. On the north side of Lookout Mountain lies Windy Sad...

    5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike Lookout Mountain Trail at Windy Saddle Park

    Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top. On the north side of Lookout Mountain lies Windy Sad...

    2.6 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike or Bike Matthews/Winters Park

    Matthews/Winters Park, which is part of the Jefferson County Open Space system, is proof that you do not have to go far from the city to enjoy the mountains. Nestled in the foothills between Golden and Morrison just off I-70 and C-470, Matthews/Wi...

    4.5 miles