Ute Trail - Range View Trail Loop, Flagstaff Mountain, Boulder - Denver - Golden - Fort Collins - Lyons, Colorado
Ute Trail - Range View Trail Loop - 1.1 miles
|Round-Trip Length:||1.1 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||6,785' - 6,785' (6,980' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||+195' net elevation gain (+220' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Ute Trail - Range View Trail Loop - 1.1 Miles Round-Trip
The Ute Trail and Range View trails form an easy loop just below Flagstaff Mountain's 6,978' summit. This easy 4-season trail is ideal for families, running, and winter recreation. The loop is highlighted by sensational views and interpretive signs that provide details on the area's flora, fauna and geologic history.
The following description begins on the Ute Trail and travels counter-clockwise:
A short climb levels off through a sparse collection of ponderosa, juniper, and Douglas fir. Interpretive signs explain the area's delicate ecological balance with fire and wildlife activity.
At .5 miles (6,945') the trail passes the Flagstaff Trail junction and two unmarked spurs leading to the Flagstaff Summit and parking lot - ignore them: a well-marked sign seamlessly merges the Ute Trail with the Range View Trail to continue the loop.
The trail undulates for .6 miles along Flagstaff Mountain's west flank with excellent views of Boulder's back range and the Continental Divide.
Wildlife is abundant in the Flagstaff Mountain area. Look for signs of mule deer, fox, coyote, bear and mountain lion, and listen for the unmistakable mating calls of blue grouse and turkey.
- The Ute and Range View Trails are ideal for running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bikes are not permitted.
- Dogs must be under voice and sight control.
- Mountain Lions and bears inhabit this area. Remain vigilant, especially at dawn and dusk.
Directions to Trailhead
The trailhead is located on the north (right) side of Flagstaff Road, approximately 3 miles beyond the end of Baseline Road.
In Boulder, take Basline Road west until you pass the official entrance to Boulder Parks and Open Space. The road now becomes Flagstaff Road. Exercise caution as you drive the 3 miles up Flagstaff Road along steep, hairpin turns.
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks