Trail Name: Homestead Mesa Trail
Location: Near Boulder, Colorado
Date: November 3, 2019
Time at the Trail Head: 12:30 pm
Trail Length: 3.3 miles (hiked extra 1.0 mile)
Elevation Gain: 613 feet
Elev. at Trail Head: 5,908 feet
# of Hikers Passed: 50+
# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 0
# of Horses Passed: 0
As always, I start out visiting AllTrails.com. This is my favorite source for trail information.
You can see from the map that this is only a 3.3 mile trail with an altitude gain of 613 feet. The trailhead starts near Boulder, Colorado at an altitude of 5,908 feet.
I picked this trail as it seems to be mentioned a lot among the locals. I also like having trails like this that I can take friends and family to that are not use to the altitude in Colorado.
Lastly, I have driven by here several times and was always in awe of the scenery and even stopped and watched the sun set over the Flatirons several times, only to find out that this is a popular trail just south of Boulder, Colorado.
The Drive to the Trail
The drive from Parker to Boulder is through Denver and surrounding suburbs, but as you can see, the views are still fantastic.
The trail is easy to reach and is paved until you enter the parking lot, which is gravel. Make sure you have $5 on you if you are not a Boulder resident, as there is a parking fee. I was told that it is monitored and tickets will be given out.
My Day on the Trail
The trails in this area are very popular, so parking is a challenge.
There are bathroom facilities at the trailhead so you can enjoy some of the benefits of the outdoors. We had three days of snow about 5 days prior to the hike on this trail. We received about 7 inches of nice white, wet snow, so the to 50 degree days made this hike extremely muddy, for at least half of the hike. It was still a beautiful hike.
The first thing I noticed on this hike, due to the snow and mud, was the need for trekking poles. I slipped multiple times going up and down the mountain. I stopped and talked to someone with trekking poles and they said that they were a must, in his opinion.
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The entire hike was gorgeous. Not only was the weather great, but the views were stunning the entire way, plus I think the snow makes it more beautiful.
You start out on a wide graveled trail near the bottom. I chose to go “clock-wise” around the trail, so I started up a single-track trail pretty quickly. There were great views of the mountains to the south of the Eldorado Canyon State Park and also of the Mesa looking to the southeast. It was hard to see the flatirons for the first mile on the trail but soon I started to get some great views of the mountains on the west side of Boulder.
I reached the top of the Homestead and Mesa Trail loop but had not seen the homestead yet, plus I knew I would see some better views if I went a little higher. I was rewarded with some incredible mountain views and, finally the homestead cabin. I’m not sure how old the cabin is but it looks like someone had done some work on it recently.
Near the cabin is a great looking rock outcropping that jets out high above in the mountains. It is a spectacular looking view.
The sun had started setting over the mountains as I started back down the trail, so I was able to get some more great photos and videos.
On the way down, the trail turned back into a wide path and I can see why. There were a lot of hikers on the trail. When I reached the trailhead, I was greeted by at least 10 photographers, taking pictures of families and high school seniors for their senior pictures. I don’t like heavily traveled trails but it’s nice to know where some good ones are if you want to get out quickly.
This is a great trail on the northwest side of Denver, that is easy to get to and has some incredible views. It is heavily traveled and you should get to the trail as early as possible.
Everyone was extremely friendly and I enjoyed the hike and grand view, but there are a few things I would recommend for a hike in Colorado in November:
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Trekking poles
- Emergency Satellite Messenger
Check out the video of my hike at my YouTube Channel.
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