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Flagstaff Trailhead

Flagstaff Trailhead

LOCATION

3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road, to Realization Point, then 0.5 miles on Flagstaff Summit Road.

Vehicular access May through October only.

Please check for Trail & Area Closures.

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

PARKING

Parking lots with a parking fee. Information on parking permits & fees.

TRAILS

Flagstaff (moderate/strenuous) (1.5 mi; 1,120ft.) starts where Baseline Road turns into Flagstaff Road and the trail follows up to Panorama Point and up to Flagstaff Summit.

Boy Scout (easy/moderate) (0.8 mi; 140 ft.) begins and ends at the Sunrise Amphitheater and heads west through Douglas-fir forest, providing good views of Boulder Canyon.  The trail gradually rises and falls to May's Point for an excellent view of  the Indian Peaks.  Return back to parking lot at the west end of Flagstaff Summit via Boy Scout Trail.

Range View (0.6 mi; 170 ft.) provides excellent views of Indian Peaks as it follows the west side of Flagstaff Mountain.  Keep a sharp lookout for birds of prey as the trail returns back to Realization Point.

Plains Overlook (0.2 mi; 60 ft.) a little loop trail that starts at the upper end of the Flagstaff Trail and leads to a clearing with a view of Boulder.  A short branch of the trail goes northeast to the Sunrise Amphitheater.

Ute Trail (0.6 mi; 120 ft.) Skirts the summit of Flagstaff Mountain (7,283 feet) and ends at a picnic area near the summit.  Access to Flagstaff, Range View, and Boy Scout Trails.  This trail was named to honor the Ute Indians.

If you haven't paid a visit to the Flagstaff Nature Center, located on Flagstaff Summit, please stop by during the summer and fall months. It is open and staffed by volunteers from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

RESTROOMS

Restrooms available at Flagstaff Summit.

PICNIC FACILITIES

Picnic tables, grills, and trash cans located around Flagstaff Summit. Learn about reserving the picnic facilities and the Sunrise Amphitheater.

BIKE REGULATIONS

Bicycles are allowed on Flagstaff Summit Road and Chapman Drive, but not on other trails in the area. Other bike trails on OSMP.

DOG REGULATIONS

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, and check the Dog Regulations by Area page before your trip. Dogs are prohibited on the Boy Scout Trail. On most other OSMP trails in this area, 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. 

HORSE REGULATIONS

Horses are allowed on most trails. On-trail riding is encouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Popular areas for horseback riding.

WILDLIFE

Black bears and mountain lions inhabit this area. Many other wildlife species are common including songbirds, birds of prey, mule deer, red foxes, and coyotes.

HISTORIC INFO

The historic picnic structures and Sunrise Amphitheater were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, along with improvements to Flagstaff Road. Flagstaff Summit was the site of the KKK cross burning in 1922. A large wildfire burned across the summit of Flagstaff Mountain in October 1924, followed in the late 1920s by a large community effort led by Eben Fein to replant trees. Exactly 70 years later, almost to the day, Open Space & Mountain Parks conducted a 20 acre prescribed burn on the same site -- underscoring how our preception of forest fires has changed through the years.

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