Welcome to Chautauqua
ElevationAscent: 436' 133 m
Descent: -434' -132 m
High: 6,139' 1,871 m
Low: 5,703' 1,738 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“Perhaps the most popular (crowded!) run in America. And for good reason.”— Tom Robson
This is clearly one of the best "bang for your buck" runs in Boulder. As such, it's always incredibly crowded.
After a short stint in ponderosa pine forest, turn right onto Bluebell-Baird Trail. This trail drops at a mellow grade through the forest to Ski Jump Trail. Although you're just a stone's throw away from Boulder, Bluebell-Baird Trail gives a nicely forested respite from the hubbub of the city.
To finish the loop, turn right onto Ski Jump Trail. Chautauqua was once home to the bustling Mesa Ski Area off and on from 1949 to 1963. It had one tow operated by an engine from a World War II Dodge truck and several ski jumps. The ski area struggled with lack of snow and vandalism, and closed for good in 1963.
From the end of Ski Jump Trail, head back onto Chautauqua Trail and take it back to the Ranger Cottage and your car!
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Land Manager: City of Boulder, Colorado - Parks and Recreation