I was told that once you gaze upon the Flatirons you are destined to return to Boulder. Well, I hiked to them. I gazed at them. So let’s see if its true.
One of the most classic hikes in Boulder, if you only have one day here, this is the one I would recommend. You have a steep incline and great views of Boulder from the top with a fairly short distance of hiking.
It is a 2.6 mile hike and fairly straight forward. The trail is well marked. Start at the Chautauqua Trailhead and follow the signs to the 1st and 2nd Flatirons. Only downside to the hike… it is crowded and parking can be a nightmare. But it is beautiful (and convenient) so it makes complete sense why there are so many people!0