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blue Skunk Canyon Trail

Trail

1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
84% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 548' 167 m
Descent: -2' 0 m
High: 6,262' 1,909 m
Low: 5,715' 1,742 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A switchbacking trail that leads from the bottom of Skunk Canyon to the Mesa Trail.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

Access this trail from the NIST Service Road or from NCAR - Skunk Canyon trail.

Skunk Canyon Trail switchbacks its way up the hillside above the creek through exposed grassland. After an initial set of switchbacks, the trail begins to contour further into the canyon. On your right, you'll pass the Skunk Canyon Spur that leads up to Kohler Mesa. Continue on Skunk Canyon and enjoy the change in scenery (and shade) as you enter the woods. Push up the hill and eventually you'll intersect with the Mesa Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Grasslands transition into dense (for Colorado frontrange) forest.

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Jun 22, 2019
Jake Dickerson
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Feb 25, 2019
jeff borchardt
Challenging run but quick access to the Mesa Trail from South Boulder neighborhoods. All runnable.

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  4.3 from 7 votes

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#459

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