Best Running in Boulder

Looking for the best running 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 the Eagle Sage Loop

    This is a great trail if you are in the Boulder area and want something fairly easy or quick. This 3.75 loop can be hiked in about an hour and a half since it is fairly flat. The elevation gain is minimal. You start out at the Eagle Trailhead loca...

    3.75 miles 205 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Sanitas & Settlers Park

    First off, these are two different hikes but both stem from the same parking lot and Settlers Park is a mere 5 minutes away from where you park so why not kill two birds with one stone?One of the more popular hikes in Boulder, Mount Sanitas is a 3...

    3.1 miles

  • Hike Boulder's Skyline Traverse

    Have you ever reached the bottom of a hike with some friends and thought, 'That was nice, but I'd still like to hike more... a lot more.'? Then the Skyline Traverse is for you. Instead of hiking just Green Mountain or Bear Peak, the Skyline Trave...

    16.4 miles 6300 ft gain

  • Hike the Sunshine Lion's Lair Loop

    This is a mix of trails that will bring you on an easy loop to the peak of Mt Sanitas, but will keep you away from the usual crowds of the more well-known paths up. The hike is a clear path that brings you 5.3 miles from around 5,500 ft in elevati...

    5.3 miles 1300 ft gain

  • Hike the Red Rocks Loop Trail

    Parking is available on either Canyon or Sunshine Roads. During the weekends it tends to get crowded around sunset so plan accordingly. The entire trail is a loop and is a little over 1 mile in length so it doesn't take too long. The main feature ...

    1 miles

  • Hike to the 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 cros...

    2.4 miles 1422 ft gain

  • Trail Run Near Boulder - NCAR Hill Climb

    The NCAR Hill Climb, so named because it ends at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is popular with cyclists, but is a great choice for runners as well. Follow the NCAR - Table Mesa Trail to the top, with beautiful views of the Flatiron...

    2 miles 700 ft gain

  • Hike the Shanahan Ridge Trail

    Starting on the edge of a neighborhood in South Boulder, this 3.8 mile loop begins its 869 foot elevation gain by meandering through a pine forest. You can 'choose your own adventure' by exploring the handful of trails that meet up with the Shanah...

    3.8 miles 869 ft gain

  • Hike the South Boulder Creek - Mesa Trail - Lower Big Bluestem Loop

    This 4 mile loop ascends only a slight amount in elevation, making for a pleasant loop in which opportunities for appreciation of the nature around you and broad vista photography are in plentiful supply. A great hike for those who may still be bu...

    4 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike the Big Bluestem Trail Loop

    This is a great spot for an easy/moderate hike or trail run. The trail is accessible year round and can often be hiked in winter as well as other seasons. You start out at the Mesa Trailhead parking lot off of Hwy 170. There is a parking lot here ...

    4.35 miles 841 ft gain

  • Hike Bear Peak

    The best advice I can give you? Wake up early to start this hike.Even though the Bear Peak hike will only take you about 4-5 hours round trip, it will still be advantageous to get off the mountain before afternoon and evening storms might pass thr...

    7 miles 2810 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