Boulder Hiking In Gregory Canyon

Just visiting, or recently moved here and wondering where to go for a nice hike around Boulder? Want more information about Boulder, or Boulder neighborhoods also? Or should we stick to hiking trails?

Well, there are hikes for all levels of difficulty, or should I say perhaps lack of difficulty?

We’ve hiked many of the trails with my two children from the times when they rode in the backpack, to our current situation with one in late elementary school, and one in middle school.

I’ve found over the last 30+ years our area has some of the most varied and scenic options you could possibly want.

Here’s one of my favorites.

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The Gregory Canyon trail is just 1.1 miles (one way), and it gets a ‘moderate’ rating on the difficulty scale simply because it’s short but somewhat steep at times.

The trail climbs up above Gregory Creek and you get some views of the edges of the Flatirons along the way. In the springtime, especially with a wet year like we’ve had in 2010, it’s likely one of the better wildflower hikes in the Boulder county area.

Fruit trees and poison ivy are thick in the first part of the trail, and farther up you’ll see more pine trees as you reach the top.

You’ll cross a creek, and eventually end up at a grassy meadow, then come to a spot where you hit a dirt track across from Realization Point where trails diverge. Depending on your stamina, you can head back down, or continue on for more adventure.

Other options include  going on up the Green Mountain trail, the Range View trail if you cross Flagstaff Road, and the Ute Trails to the summit of Flagstaff Mountain.

The name of the canyon and the creek comes from an early gold miner named John Gregory who reportedly built a road up the canyon to mines he owned near Black Hawk, Colorado. This was a primary route to Black Hawk from Boulder for a long time. Eventually Flagstaff road was complete in 1906 and the Gregory Canyon ‘road’ was abandoned as a trade route.

How to get there:

Follow Baseline Road to the spot where it becomes Flagstaff Road, turn left onto a dirt road that immediately dead-ends at Gregory Canyon. These days however, if you don’t arrive very early, especially on the weekend, you may need to park elsewhere in the area, perhaps in the nearby neighborhoods, and walk over the the trail head. The Gregory Canyon Trail begins to the left of the outhouse, in Baird Park.

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