As spring draws nearer I can’t help but reminisce over some of my favorite early-season hikes. And every day on my way home I have a huge, pointy reminder of one of my favorite hiking memories – the iconic 1st Flatiron in Boulder, CO.
This well-known and beautiful symbol of the Boulder area is even more impressive when you get up close and personal with it. And hiking to it should definitely be on every Coloradan’s bucket list.
The hike to the 1st Flatiron is a little over a mile and passes by the 2nd Flatiron as well. Although short, the steep incline of the trail and scrambling over rocks can really wear you out. However, the views are definitely worth it, including lots of impressive views of Boulder, the Flatirons and other surrounding mountains. It’s especially gorgeous with a bit of snow leftover from winter!
Directions to the Summit
After parking at Chautauqua Park (best on a weekday to avoid crowds), head up the Chautauqua Trail to the Bluebell-Baird Trail to make your way up to the Flatirons.
The trail will pass through a meadow, wooded areas, rocky areas and switchbacks. You will even need to scramble over some larger rocks (our first time experiencing this)!
Once you reach the top, if you are brave and agile, climb to the alcove for truly amazing views. We could have stayed here for hours. Next time we plan to bring a little picnic to enjoy at this special spot before heading back to the car.
After hiking the 1st Flatiron, if you aren’t ready to head indoors, there are plenty of other options in the Chautauqua area, or you could wander along Boulder Creek or go shopping downtown. Boulder is a quirky, beautiful and unique area so definitely check it out if you have extra time!