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Being in Boulder, Colorado we knew we had to take advantage of the countless hiking paths in the area. We decided to start with the nearby Chautauqua Trailhead. Approaching the bottom and getting ready to venture up the Flatirons was exciting and a little intimidating at the same time.

Flatirons

We began making our way up the steep incline to take on our hiking adventure. We were in for a great workout and an awesome adventure!

Boulder Hiking

The really cool thing about hiking in Boulder is Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks. Back in 1898, the city of Boulder had a stroke of genius and began to preserve wide areas of land for the people of Boulder to enjoy. Today, over 45,000 acres of land have been preserved, including 146 miles of trails.

Boulder Hiking

Boulder Hiking | It's The Little Things

To make for an even better way to spend our Sunday, we packed a lunch. When we were about half way to the top we found this incredibly perfect spot to take a break from our hike and enjoy our lunch with a beautiful view. The pictures do not do the view justice. But wait.. it gets better!

Boulder Hiking | It's The Little Things

The most spectacular part about hiking is the reward you get at the end. After hours of hiking up the mountain, we were rewarded with a view that took our breath away. We soaked up every moment and just sat in silence taking in the scenery surrounding us 7,132 feet above sea level.

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18 Comments

  • [email protected]
    September 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    “The most spectacular part about hiking is the reward you get at the end.” – I couldn’t agree more!!!
    Boulder looks like such a lovely place, you seem to be enjoying every moment 🙂

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    • Marissa Sutera
      September 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      It is a great place, I love it here! I’m working on taking advantage of all Boulder has to offer but there’s so much to do that it’s taking a while… Not that I’m complaining! 🙂

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  • Anda
    September 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I love hiking but Boulder trails look a little scary. They remind me a little of the Joshua Tree Park in California where we used to hike with our son. Those are very scary too…

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    • Marissa Sutera
      September 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Not so much scary, it was a lot of fun going up! The hard part was going down, when it’s much easier to slip. Regardless, I think it’s worth the challenge for the breathtaking view from the top!

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  • Frank
    September 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Those of us that live in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains are so lucky to be where we are. Thanks for giving us a look into your corner of this epic mountain chain!

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    • Marissa Sutera
      September 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      So true, it’s an amazing place to be! Thanks for reading Frank!

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  • Lauren
    October 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I’m so glad that they decided to preserve all of that land back in 1898! Amazing. Those views are breathtaking!!!

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    • Marissa Sutera
      October 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Me too! It definitely paid off, and has really made Boulder into the wonderful place it is today 🙂

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  • Carmen (CarmensTravelTips)
    October 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I lived in Denver for five years and never made it to Boulder. It’s a shame because I heard it was beautiful and after seeing some of your pictures they were right. The Rocky Mountains have some incredible trails that lead to some breathtaking scenery. That I do miss, not the snow.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      October 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Ah you definitely need to meander your way back over here! Boulder is an amazing place that is worth a visit. Looking forward to more skiing and snowboarding this winter, but not so much driving in the snow 🙂

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  • Tara Lepore
    October 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Oh, Boulder! I lived there for two years and I have done this exact climb, it always knocked me out but it was so rewarding and beautiful along the way. I’m so glad you enjoyed Chautauqua! Thanks for joining up with us at #WeekendWanderlust!

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    • Marissa Sutera
      October 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

      The end is definitely worth the effort put in to get to the top! Thanks for stopping by Tara!

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  • Road Dog Travel
    February 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Looks like a great view! I only live about an hour away, but haven’t done any hiking around Boulder yet. I’m now inspired to get down there soon.

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    • Marissa Sutera
      February 18, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Sure is! It’s definitely someplace you’ll have to visit more often, specially living so close!

      Reply
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