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Enchanted Mesa Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (6)

This wide service road provides brief views and mellow access to Chautauqua's southern trails.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

85%

Runnable

6,155' 1,876 m

High

5,732' 1,747 m

Low

425' 129 m

Up

2' 0 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Wide, smooth surface. Well graded for easy cruising.

Description

The area around the Enchanted Mesa Trail tends to be less crowded than the main Chautauqua Trail and its nearest offshoots. For this reason, you have a better chance of spotting wildlife here and you may have a more tranquil outing.

Starting from the parking lot just south of the Chautauqua auditorium, head southwest on a wide, fine gravel service road. The ascent starts out pretty gently, briefly paralleling Bluebell Creek and then crossing it over a stone bridge. Immediately after the bridge there is an intersection with the McClintock Lower and McClintock Upper Trails. Head straight east to stay on the Enchanted Mesa Trail. Next, the trail curves around what looks like a large roof but is actually a drinking water reservoir. Continue upwards through open grassy meadows where you'll be treated with views of the Flatirons and surrounding peaks ahead and town/university views behind.

As the trail makes its way up and over the truly lovely mesa, the forest becomes denser and shade returns. Wildflowers make their homes here and change with the seasons. Pass the junction with the Enchanted-Kohler Spur trail and ascend at a steeper grade until the Enchanted Mesa Trail ends at a T-intersection with the famous Mesa Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, occasional bears. Ponderosa pines, wildflowers.

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Shared By:

Megan W

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  3.8 from 6 votes

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Photos

Flatiron
Jan 28, 2018 near Boulder, CO
Are the views like this what give Enchanted Mesa its name?
Jun 30, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Poppies blooming at the start of the Enchanted Mesa Trail. June 2016.
May 3, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Kinds will enjoy scrambling on the boulders scattered around here
Jun 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Great views ahead
Jun 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Braided trail at the start of the Woods Quarry Trail
Jun 29, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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Dec 29, 2019
Antonio Pizano
Mar 14, 2018
Scott Guile
Carried my 2 year old on my back, Hiked with my 4 year old. Took both Dogs as well. Great Day out with the Kiddos! 2.7mi — 3h 47m