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Going to school in Boulder, Colo., has many perks when it comes to outdoor exercise.
The mountains provide not only gorgeous scenery, but also a wealth of hiking trails with over 130 miles of trails to enjoy.
Here is a list of some of local hikes around the Flatirons and Chautauqua area, starting on the south side of the Chautauqua Auditorium near the park at Grant and Baseline Streets.
Mesa Trail offers a simple hike through the base of the foothills. Starting at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage, this trail is about six miles one-way and relatively easy.
First Flatiron Trail provides yet another gentle introduction to Boulder hiking in 2.2 miles. This trail slowly weaves between the first and second flatirons.
Gregory Canyon Trail is a nicely sheltered, 1.1 mile trail that climbs nearly 1,000 feet in a mile, and provides a workout for the hiker. At the top, you can either go to the Saddle Rock Tail to complete a three-mile loop or follow the Ranger Trail to the Green Mountain Trail that is 3.3 miles one-way.
Royal Arch Trail follows the Mesa Trail to the Bluebell Shelter and can be a challenging hike. This three mile roundtrip trail ends with spectacular views of Boulder.
Each of these trails is close to the CU campus and is great for students who desire a walk in the sun during fall.
Here are some tips to make the hiking experience successful:
1. Start slow. Don’t suffer unnecessarily if your body is not used to strenuous activity.
2. Check the weather. Remember, you are going to be outside. It is especially important to check the weather during spring and fall seasons when it could change anytime.
3. Use the buddy system. It’s a great idea to bring another person with you, in case of emergency or to offer some guidance. It is also a good idea to inform other people when you go on a hike.
4. Pick the right footwear. Hiking means you will be on your feet. Make sure you are comfortable.
5. Pick the right clothes. Think loose; you want to be comfortable.
6. Enjoy your hike!
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Natasha Z. Dadabhoy at email@example.com.