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 OSMPTrails.org or download the Boulder AreaTrails App.
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.
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.
3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road, to Realization Point, then 0.5 miles on Flagstaff Summit Road. Please note: the vehicle length limit for Flagstaff Road is 30 feet.
Vehicular access May through Oct. 30 only.
Please check for Trail & Area Closures.
You are responsible for knowing and complying with all closures and OSMP rules & regulations.
Parking lots with a parking fee. Information on parking permits & fees.
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.
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.
Flagstaff Nature Center
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.
This area is identified as being popular with people using wheelchairs. See the Accessible Trails Page for details.
Restrooms available at Flagstaff Summit.
Note: There is no potable water available at the Flagstaff Summit or Flagstaff Nature Center.
Picnic tables, grills, and trash cans located around Flagstaff Summit. Learn about reserving the picnic facilities and the Sunrise Amphitheater.
Bicycles are allowed on Flagstaff Summit Road and Chapman Drive, but not on other trails in the area. Other bike trails on OSMP.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 and Mountain Parks conducted a 20 acre prescribed burn on the same site -- underscoring how our perception of forest fires has changed through the years.
Check out the self-guided Cultural Resources History Hike - Flagstaff Summit Adventure.