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Boulder Hiking Trails: The Best of the Plains, Foothills, and Mountains

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The plains, foothills, and mountains are all within fifteen minutes of downtown Boulder, making it a hiker's paradise. Written by two avid hikers, naturalists, and long-term Boulder residents, Boulder Hiking Trails is the definitive guide to this area. Each description includes snippets of local history, folklore, and facts about the area's plant and animal life. This book is an indispensable reference for visitors and residents alike and hikers of all abilities who want to explore the natural beauty in and ...
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Overview

The plains, foothills, and mountains are all within fifteen minutes of downtown Boulder, making it a hiker's paradise. Written by two avid hikers, naturalists, and long-term Boulder residents, Boulder Hiking Trails is the definitive guide to this area. Each description includes snippets of local history, folklore, and facts about the area's plant and animal life. This book is an indispensable reference for visitors and residents alike and hikers of all abilities who want to explore the natural beauty in and around Boulder, Colorado.
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Some 75 Colorado trails are described (elevation, climate, difficulty, natural & human history), illustrated, and mapped. Intended for the neophyte. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871089403
  • Publisher: Pruett Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: The Pruett Series Series
  • Edition description: 4th ed.
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 770,224
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
A Brief History of Hiking, Parks, and Open Space in the Boulder Area 1
Plains
St. Vrain Greenways Trail 5
Pella Crossing 7
Coot Lake to Boulder Reservoir 9
Boulder Valley Ranch: Eagle Trail 12
East Boulder Trail: White Rocks and Gunbarrel Farm Sections 16
East Boulder Trail: Teller Lakes Section 18
Walden and Sawhill Ponds 21
Cannon Loop Trail 23
Boulder Creek Path 25
South Boulder Creek Trail 30
Centennial Trail 31
Dry Creek Trail 32
Carolyn Holmberg Preserve/Rock Creek Farm 34
Cradleboard Trail 35
Coal Creek Trail 37
Marshall Mesa, Community Ditch, Greenbelt Plateau 40
Foothills
Button Rock Preserve Loop 43
Rabbit Mountain: Little Thompson Overlook Trail 46
Hall Ranch 49
Bitterbrush Trail and Nelson Loop 49
Heil Ranch 52
Lichen Loop, Wapiti Trail, Ponderosa Loop 52
Bald Mountain Scenic Area: "Pines-to-Peak" Trail 54
Sugarloaf Mountain 56
Anne U. White Trail 57
Forsythe Canyon Creek 59
Foothills Trail 62
Betasso Preserve: Canyon Loop Trail 65
Mount Sanitas Loop 68
Red Rocks and Anemone Hill Trail Loop 70
Flagstaff Trail 72
Range View Trail 76
Gregory Canyon 77
Saddle Rock 79
Green Mountain Loop via E. M. Greenman and Ranger Trails 81
Green Mountain West Ridge Trail 83
Mesa Trail 84
Bluebell-Baird Trail 88
Royal Arch 90
McClintock and Enchanted Mesa Loop 93
Walter Orr Roberts Nature Trail 94
Mallory Cave 96
Towhee and Homestead Loop 99
Big Bluestem and South Boulder Creek Loop 102
Bear Peak Loop via Bear Canyon, Bear Peak West Ridge, and Fern Canyon 104
South Boulder Peak via Shadow Canyon 106
Doudy Draw to Flatirons Vista 110
South Boulder Creek Loop or Walker Ranch Loop 112
Meyers Homestead Trail 116
Mountains
Wild Basin Area 119
Ouzel Lake via Calypso Cascade and Ouzel Falls 120
St. Vrain Area 123
Gibraltar Lake, St. Vrain Glaciers 123
Red Deer Lake via Buchanan Pass Trail 127
Buchanan Pass and Sawtooth Mountain via Buchanan Pass Trail 128
St. Vrain Mountain 131
South St. Vrain Trail to Brainard Lake 133
Ceran St. Vrain Trail to Miller Rock 137
Brainard Lake Area 139
Mount Audubon 139
Blue Lake via Mitchell Lake 142
Pawnee Pass via Long Lake and Lake Isabelle 143
Sourdough Trail 147
Little Raven Trail to Left Hand Reservoir 151
Rainbow Lakes Area 153
Rainbow Lakes 153
Arapaho Glacier Trail to Arapaho Glacier Overlook 155
Caribou Area 157
Bald Mountain 157
Arapaho Peaks Area 161
Arapaho Pass, Fourth of July Mine, Dorothy Lake 161
Arapaho Glacier Trail to South Arapaho Peak 164
Diamond Lake 166
Hessie Area 168
Lost Lake 169
Woodland Lake, Skyscraper Reservoir 172
Jasper Lake, Devils Thumb Lake, Devils Thumb Pass 174
King, Betty, and Bob Lakes 176
East Portal Area 179
Forest Lakes 182
James Peak via Rogers Pass Trail 184
Heart Lake via Rogers Pass Trail 187
Rollins Pass Road from Needles Eye Tunnel to Rollins Pass 188
Nearby State and County Parks
Eldorado Canyon State Park 193
Rattlesnake Gulch 193
White Ranch Park (Jefferson County) 197
Rawhide Loop 197
Belcher and Mustang Trails 198
Golden Gate Canyon State Park 201
Frazer Meadow Trail 201
Barr Lake State Park 204
Gazebo Trail 204
Appendices
A. Best of the Best for 209
B. Wheelchair-Accessible Trails 210
C. Outdoor Ethics 212
D. Outdoor Safety 213
Bibliography 215
Index 219
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This book contains great ideas for easy to strenuous walks and hikes in a variety of settings at different times of the year. Whether you live in the area, or are planning a trip, if you wish to be outdoors enjoying this beautiful scenery first hand, this will be a worthwhile purchase.

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