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Realization Point Trailhead

Realization Point Trailhead

COVID-19 ALERT

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. 

LOCATION

3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road at the junction with Flagstaff Summit Road. Please note: the vehicle length limit for Flagstaff Road is 30 feet.

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

Parking lot on both sides of the road with parking fee. Information on parking permits & fees. Bicycle rack available for bicycle parking.

TRAILHEAD SAFETY

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.

TRAILS

View Realization Point Area Trail Map pdf

Ute-Range View (easy/moderate). The Ute trail begins near Realization Point and contours northeast along Flagstaff Mountain (summit at 7,283 feet) through meadow frequently used by mule deer. The trail curves gradually north; look for Range View Trail off to the west. Range View provides excellent views of the Indian Peaks as it follows the west side of Flagstaff Mountain. Keep a sharp lookout for raptors as the trail returns back to Realization Point.

Tenderfoot/Chapman Loop (moderate). From Realization Point, follow Chapman fire road downhill through ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forest. Common wildflowers include wallflower, larkspur and penstemon. Approximately 0.25 miles past the cattleguard, follow draw east up to Tenderfoot Trail. Here the trail overlooks Front Range, Sugarloaf Mtn., and the backside of Boulder Mountain Parks. Follow Tenderfoot Trail south east back to Realization Point. Time - 2 hrs. Distance - 2.5 miles.

E.M. Greenman (1.4mi; 1,194 ft.) branches left off the Ranger Trail 0.3 mi. southeast of the Green Mountain Lodge. Contours around a ridge, then follows a drainage past the junction of the Saddle Rock Trail. After passing a spring, it climbs a rocky ridge to a saddle, then switchbacks to end at the summit of Green Mountain, elevation 8,144 ft.

RESTROOMS

No facilities available at Realization Point.

PICNIC FACILITIES

Two picnic tables are available.

BIKE REGULATIONS

No bicycles are allowed in this area. Bicycles may be ridden only on those trails that are posted with the international bicycle symbol.

DOG REGULATIONS

Realization Point 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. On most 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

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

  • The historic picnic structures and Sunrise Amphitheater were constructed by the CCC in the 1930s. 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.