Hiking the Viewpoint Trail in Colorado
By: Marissa Sutera
TRAILS AROUND THE WORLD presents
Hiking Viewpoint Trail in Boulder, Colorado
Living in Boulder, Colorado, the biggest challenge when hiking is choosing which trail to conquer. There are so many options and great views in the area! Nothing gets me more excited than knowing I have a good hike ahead of me and an amazing view waiting for me at the top. One of my favorites is an easy trail hidden amongst the leafy trees at the dead end of a residential road. There is a tiny green sign marking the Viewpoint Trail, but it is barely visible to anyone passing by. You would certainly miss the path if you didn’t know what you were looking for!
The trail starts out along a small creek, giving way to the light peeking out around the bend up ahead. It starts to get steeper as you continue to climb, and you can quickly see out over the town while getting a glimpse of the Flatirons. The hardest part (especially when doing this hike for the first time) is watching where you are going. The views are so incredible the entire way up that you sometimes forget to watch your step! Your first time hiking the trail may take a bit longer since you will likely want to stop more than a few times to take some pictures or simply soak in the beauty that is all around you.
It is a fairly secluded path, give or take a few locals enjoying the Boulder weather. There are so many ways to take advantage of the trail, and I love the diversity that is present every time I’m there. Some people bring their dogs, others run, and still others may just enjoy a leisurely hike, taking their time to cover the trail. There are families, parents carrying babies on their backs, older couples, and much more! For me, the best hikes always involve having lunch while sitting on a rock from the perfect vantage point overlooking a beautiful landscape. Packing a lunch before hiking Viewpoint Trail and having a picnic while looking out over the city of Boulder beats eating in a restaurant any day!
My favorite way to spend a beautiful morning is riding my bike over to Viewpoint Trail to do a trail run up to the top. It sure is a killer and some may even think it seems like torture, but knowing the view that is waiting for me at the end offers me all the encouragement and motivation that I need to give me that extra boost! There are also some days that call for a more slow paced hike, but regardless of the pace, it is an ideal place for me to clear my head and appreciate the beauty of nature all around me.
The trail offers a nice hike up the Flatirons for a quick escape with a stunning panoramic view awaiting you at the peak. The accomplishment of completing a hike, no matter the length or difficulty, is such a rewarding feeling and makes the effort you put in that much more worthwhile. This local hike is great for all ages and experience levels and will be one I take advantage of for many years to come!
Marissa Sutera is a travel writer at Little Things Travel Blog and is currently based in Boulder, Colorado where she seeks out any adventures she can in between her travels. She began writing when she studied abroad in the United Kingdom because she couldn’t stop talking about her travel experiences, and she hasn’t stopped since. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.