Trail Zealot

Colorado hiking, Appalachian Trail thru-hiking, and more...

Boulder Hiking Guide

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There is no denying it: Boulder 's trail network is expansive and intimidating to the uninitiated. I am not sure it is even possible to simply go on a hike in this trail system without navigating through a few trail junctions, often with trails sprawling in every conceivable direction like a spider's web. In other parts of the country, one might arrive at a trailhead, find "the trail", and hike it...no decision-making required. But in the Boulder Trail Labyrinth, I cannot blame the people I come across scratching their heads vigorously at big trail junctions. I was right there with them before I had hiked here for a while. Now that I know where I am going, I relish the opportunity to get folks unstuck. I enjoy it so much, that it inspired me to create this hiker helper section of my website.

My hope is to provide curious folks with a digestible resource to do the hike they want to do, without feeling too confused or uncertain on the way. It is way more fun to hike with confidence than to second-guess every route-finding decision. I would also like to help prospective hikers find the hike that is best for them, based on things they care about. There is no such thing as a "good hike", because everyone defines that for themselves. This resource is here to help you find and navigate your own personal good hike.

While the route catalogue is getting fleshed out, please feel free to contact me with questions or to ask for recommendations. Just tell me a little bit about what you want to find on your hike, and we will go from there.