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Bobolink Trailhead

Bobolink Trailhead


Always bring a face covering when leaving your home. Anyone over 12 years old is required to wear face coverings anytime they cannot maintain six feet of distance at OSMP trailheads and when passing others on trails. If visitors are at least 6 feet away from others, they do not need to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. However, if visitors reach 6 feet distance to someone else on the trail, they should put the covering back over their nose and mouth. Learn more.

Limited parking on Flagstaff Mountain. Flagstaff Mountain continues to be busy on the weekends. Parking is extremely limited. For your safety & the safety of others, do not park along the side of the road. Illegally parked vehicles can be ticketed and towed. Consider visiting different locations. Plan your visits through or download the Boulder AreaTrails App.

Siempre traigan un cobertor facial cuando salgan de su hogar.  Cualquier persona mayor de 12 años requiere usar un cobertor facial cuando no pueda mantener una distancia de 6 pies (2m), ya sea en las entradas de los parques o cuando pasen a otros en el sendero. Si los visitantes están a más de 6 pies (2m) de otros, no necesitan usarlo para cubrirse la nariz y la boca. Sin embargo, si los visitantes se acercan a 6 pies (2m) o menos de distancia de alguien en el sendero, deben cubrirse la nariz y la boca.

Stay on trail and walk through mud. If needed, step off to maintain distance. Please avoid stepping on vegetation. If possible, step onto a rock or a bare spot to let others pass, then step back on the trail. Politely announce yourself if you need to pass others. Traveling off trail, whether hiking, running or biking, can permanently damage vegetation and widen trails. Learn more.

Proteja a las personas, quédese en casa. Si es indispensable salir, practique la recreación responsable. Mantenga 6 pies de distancia física, use cobertores de cara y evite viajes innecesarios. Las áreas de refugio y picnic están cerradas. Para más información. 


Just west of the intersection of Baseline and Cherryvale roads.

Please check for Trail & Area Closures.

Or view the interactive trail map (includes trail closures) and the interactive wildlife closures map.

You are responsible for knowing and complying with all closures and OSMP rules & regulations.

Open Space and Mountain Parks Integrated Site Projects

OSMP is currently developing Integrated Site Projects (ISPs) for several specific OSMP locations, including OSMP's Gebhard property on the South Boulder Creek corridor southeast of the East Boulder Community Center and south of the Bobolink Trailhead. Learn more about the ISPs


Parking lot on southwest corner of intersection.


Please keep your car doors locked and your car windows rolled up at all times while leaving your vehicle parked at OSMP trailheads. Also consider leaving important valuables at home or take them with you while visiting open space. To report suspicious activity please call City of Boulder Dispatch 303-441-3333 or Boulder County Dispatch 303-441-4444. For crimes in progress, call 911 immediately.


View Bobolink Area Trail Map pdf

South Boulder Creek Trail (1.5 mile between Baseline & South Boulder roads). ( 2.0 mile between South Boulder Rd & Marshall roads). This trail meanders southward along the riparian (stream side) corridor and is highlighted by self-guided interpretive displays. This area affords seasonal viewing of the bobolink, for which the trailhead was named, and other ground nesting birds. At South Boulder Road, the trail continues through an underpass then turns westward paralleling the road for approximately 0.2 miles before heading south along the creek once more. The trail meets Marshall Road at its southern end. Please note that dogs are not allowed south of the gate where the trail follows the stream south of South Boulder Road. This trail is sport chair accessible from the trailhead to the East Boulder Community Center turn off and south of South Boulder Road. North of the trailhead you may cross Baseline and via Gaptor Road connect to the Centennial Trail which is a hard surface trail.


This area is identified as being popular with people using wheelchairs. See the Accessible Trails Page for details. 


An RTD bus passes very close to this trailhead. Learn about Taking the Bus to OSMP.


No facilities available.


One picnic table is available. Grills and stoves are prohibited.


Bicycles are allowed on the paved Greenways section of trail, and may continue south along South Boulder Creek trail past the East Boulder Community Center trail connection, all the way to Marshall Road. However, bikes are not allowed on the unpaved pedestrian section of South Boulder Creek Trail that parallels the creek through the trees between Baseline Road and the East Boulder Community Center trail connection. Bicycles may be ridden only on those trails that are posted with the international bicycle symbol. Other bike trails on OSMP.


Bobolink Area Dog Regulations Map

Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. All dogs must be leashed in the Trailhead Leash Area. Dogs are not allowed on the South Boulder Creek Trail south of South Boulder Road to Marshall Road. North of South Boulder Road and on the trail paralleling South Boulder Road, dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times unless they meet the voice and sight control standard and display a City of Boulder Voice and Sight tag. Dog excrement removal is required by law.


Horses are allowed on most trails. On-trail riding is encouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Learn more about riding your horse on OSMP.


White-tailed and mule deer are common; watch for hybrids. Bobolinks and other ground nesting birds live in the field east of the trail from mid-May through the summer. Please stay on the trail so the birds can display and nest without disturbance. Red-tailed hawks, foxes and coyotes are sometimes seen.


Historic Dorn Barn (1900) on Van Vleet property. Abernathy Barn at south end of trail across from creek. Currently and historically grazed and ranched.