Boulder Running Guide

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Many of the world’s best endurance athletes treat Boulder as their summer camp, and with good reason: lying at the base of the Rocky Mountains at a cool mile above sea level, Boulder combines the benefits of high-altitude training with an expansive outdoor playground. As a result, it hosts one of the most athlete-conscious and friendly communities in the world. Even if you don’t snag a flyby with a medal-winning runner out on the trails, you’ll find them at one of the many grub spots catering specifically to the fitness-crazed clientele.

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Top Running Routes in Boulder

  1. Green Mountain

    • Distance 8.9 mi
    • Elevation 2,755 ft

    The “go to” run for most Boulderites is a Green Mountain ascent. There are a few different routes to the top of Green, spanning a variety of terrain from loose rubble to giant ...

    • Chautauqua Park
  2. Mesa Trail

    • Distance 13.0 mi
    • Elevation 2,349 ft

    The front door to the Flatirons, the Mesa Trail runs 6.5 miles from Chautauqua Park to Eldorado Springs. This runnable single-track trail meanders between ponderosa forests and...

    • Chautauqua Park
    • Doudy Draw Trailhead
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  4. Betasso Preserve

    • Distance 6.9 mi
    • Elevation 900 ft

    For a quick and easy trail run close to Boulder, locals flock to Betasso Preserve. This Boulder County treasure lives at the intersection of Boulder Canyon and Four Mile Canyon...

  5. Marshall Mesa & Dowdy Draw

    • Distance 8.0 mi
    • Elevation 655 ft

    If you’re in the mood for more rolling terrain as opposed to scaling a mountain summit, then your best bet is to head to the Marshall Mesa trailhead. This high plains area offe...

  6. Mt. Sanitas

    • Distance 3.1 mi
    • Elevation 1,332 ft

    Mt. Sanitas is an extremely popular place to test one’s climbing skills. Easily accessible from downtown Boulder, locals make laps of Sanitas a regular ritual. Due to its conv...

  7. Boulder Creek Path

    • Distance 4.7 mi
    • Elevation 375 ft

    The most accessible route to run in Boulder is the Creek Path. There are countless entry points to the path close to Pearl Street and across town. Extending from past 55th Str...

  8. Wonderland Lake & Hogback

    • Distance 7.1 mi
    • Elevation 1,006 ft

    Tucked away in North Boulder, Wonderland Lake offers an excellent starting point to a variety of different types of runs. The path that wraps around the lake is partially paved...

  9. Teller Farms

    • Distance 12.0 mi
    • Elevation 840 ft

    A favorite on the east side of Boulder, Teller Farms welcomes runners with wide gravel trails and mild grades. Teller Farms provides a pastoral setting as the East Boulder trai...

  10. Bobolink

    • Distance 6.6 mi
    • Elevation 191 ft

    Those seeking a truly flat trail run in Boulder find respite in the bucolic Bobolink trail on the southeast side of town. The well-maintained, smooth, double-track trail hugs t...

  11. Walker Ranch

    • Distance 7.3 mi
    • Elevation 1,739 ft

    Outdoor enthusiasts abound in Boulder, but while the crowds flock to the front side of the Flatirons, the savvy trail runner knows to head just a bit further west. Only eight m...

  12. South Boulder Peak & Bear Peak

    • Distance 9.1 mi
    • Elevation 3,348 ft

    A classic Boulder adventure run typically involves summiting one of the three nearby 8,000-foot plus peaks. The tallest of the trio, South Boulder Peak is so close to Bear Peak...

  13. Flagstaff Mountain

    • Distance 5.2 mi
    • Elevation 1,502 ft

    Standing about 1,000 feet below Green Mountain, Flagstaff Mountain still presents a formidable challenge for runners. Much closer to Boulder than Green, Flagstaff is popular wi...