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Foothills North Trail



1.2 mile 1.9 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable


Ascent: 174' 53 m
Descent: -91' -28 m
High: 5,724' 1,745 m
Low: 5,550' 1,692 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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This gentle multi-use trail connects two very popular trail systems north of town.

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Dogs must either be leashed or under voice and sight control.

Runner Notes

The first half of this trail is mostly packed dirt, narrow, and rocky with some erosion. The second half is wide with fine gravel. Little shade on this trail.


This mellow trail can be used in either direction and because it has several access points it is convenient to pick and choose certain sections.

From the Foothills Trailhead, begin by heading west towards the narrow tunnel under Highway 36. This passage often collects standing water after heavy rains. Follow the trail through grassy, rolling fields and next to a wetland area. The water for this marsh comes from the small stream next to the trail which becomes more prominent the further you run. You also cross a farmer's irrigation ditch. Proceed up a gradual incline with the inescapable highway noise competing with birdsong and frog calls. Upon arriving at a short section of wooden fence, the Foothills Bench Trail starts on the right whereas the Foothills North Trail continues straight before heading steeply up an incline to the south.

At the heavily eroded trail junction (neighborhood access to the east, Hogback Ridge Trail to the west) continue southwards along the Foothills North Trail. From this high point, the trail descends gradually and approaches the western edge of the Dakota Ridge neighborhood. You'll come to a trailhead providing access to the neighborhood and then make a sharp turn to the east. This nearly flat section of trail passes between two fence lines next to several newly built mega-mansions. At another trailhead and neighborhood access point, turn south again to parallel 5th St. The trail ends at Lee Hill Road, across from the Fourmile Creek Trail.

This is a multi-use trail so expect to see bikers and users with unleashed dogs.

Flora & Fauna

Prairie dogs and deer. Yucca, wildflowers and prairie grasses.

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The tunnel under Highway 36 collects rainwater!
May 11, 2015 near Boulder, CO
The little brook next to the Foothills North Trail runs in spring
May 11, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Junction of Foothills North Trial with Foothills Bench Trail
May 11, 2015 near Boulder, CO
The wide and spacious Foothills North Trail
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Distant Green Mountain and Flatirons views from the North Foothills Trail
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Nearby neighborhoods encroach on the Foothills North Trail
May 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO


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