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Chapman Drive Trailhead

Chapman Drive Trailhead

LOCATION

About 4 miles up Boulder Canyon at 38471 Boulder Canyon Drive.

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.

PARKING

The trailhead parking lot is located about 4 miles up Boulder Canyon on the east side of the road, across from the Wedgewood on Boulder Creek. The lot is unpaved and has parking spaces for 11 vehicles.

TRAILS

View Chapman Drive Area Trail Map pdf

Chapman Drive is 2.6 miles long from the trailhead in Boulder Canyon to Realization Point. The trail averages a seven percent grade. About 1.5 miles before Realization Point, visitors can access the Tenderfoot Trail. From Realization Point, there is access to other Flagstaff Summit Trails.

Common wildflowers include wallflower, larkspur and penstemon.

RESTROOMS

No facilities.

PICNIC FACILITIES

No facilities.

BIKE REGULATIONS

Bicycles are allowed on Chapman Drive Trail. Other bike trails on OSMP.

DOG REGULATIONS

Chapman Drive Area Dog Regulations Map

Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. All dogs must be leashed in the Trailhead Leash Area. Beyond the trailhead, dog control requirements vary from trail to trail, so carefully watch for dog regulation signs at trailheads and trail intersections. Chapman Drive Trail is leash-required up to its intersection with Tenderfoot Trail, between that intersection and Realization Point, voice and sight control is allowed. Dog excrement removal is required by law.

HORSE REGULATIONS

Allowed on most trails. Off-trail riding is discouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Learn more about riding your horse on OSMP.

WILDLIFE

Mountain lions inhabit this area. Coyotes, foxes, mule deer and raptors are commonly sighted.

HISTORY

Chapman Drive was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1935 as a way to link Flagstaff Road with Boulder Canyon. There are a number of interesting historic rock walls and structures along the way, including a switchback and cattle guard, both of which were rehabilitated in 2012 with Colorado Lottery funds. Chapman Drive is included in the Boulder County Flagstaff Mountain Cultural Landscape District.

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