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Towhee

Intermediate

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0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 249' 76 m
Descent: -5' -1 m
High: 6,019' 1,834 m
Low: 5,770' 1,759 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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A wide-open trail featuring sweeping views of the South Mesa area.

Tom Robson

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

Towhee trail starts directly adjacent to the historic Dunn House, just to the west of the Mesa Trail. From the get-go you'll have wide-open, sweeping views of the South Mesa area.

If you're running this trail during Spring, you'll most likely be treated with wildflower views as well as the usual mountain vistas.

Towhee's terrain is pretty straightforward. It starts at a shallow grade until it enters Shadow Canyon proper. From there the trail heads nearly straight up the canyon at a very steep grade. After the trail makes one last steep push in the form of two switchbacks, it flattens out and intersects the Mesa Trail.

Flora & Fauna

There are vast wildflowers on display here during the spring months.

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Jun 27, 2019
Walter Powers
Closed N of Mesa Connector for recovery

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Devils Thumb seen from Towhee trail with permission from ottomandude
Jan 8, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Great views of the Flatirons can be had from the southern reaches of the Mesa Trail.
Dec 23, 2014 near Boulder, CO

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