Realization Point Trailhead
People enjoy open space for physical, emotional and mental health. Remember to always be courteous. Don't forget to:
- Plan visits ahead of time and don’t park illegally at full trailhead areas.
- Remember to “keep the space in open space.” Maintain 6 feet of distance from people not in your household.
- Leave No Trace. Stay on trail and walk through mud. If you step off trail to let others pass, immediately step back on trail.
- Protect first responders. Know your limits and don’t take unnecessary risks.
- Visit OSMPTrails.org to see current trail closures, historical data that shows areas of high and low open space use and trails that are wider than 6 feet. See when trails are busiest through our Visitation Data Explorer.
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.
You are responsible for knowing and complying with all closures and OSMP rules & regulations.
Parking lot on both sides of the road with parking fee. Information on parking permits & fees. Bicycle rack available for bicycle parking.
Parking - Know the Facts
It is unsafe and illegal to park in a way that:
- Blocks emergency access gate or fire lane
- Blocks pedestrian gate or driveway
- Prevents horse trailer parking
- Along any highway or a roadway where prohibited by sign
All vehicles parked in a manner described above are subject to being ticketed/towed.
Never park in the roadway.
The roadway is defined as the space between the white (fog) line and the yellow (center) line. If ANY part of your vehicle (tire, mirror) is between the white and yellow lines, your vehicle is a hazard and can be ticketed/towed immediately.
Because parking is very limited and our trailheads are quite popular, please show up early to get a parking spot.
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.
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.
No facilities available at Realization Point.
Two picnic tables are available.
No bicycles are allowed in this area. Bicycles may be ridden only on those trails that are posted with the international bicycle symbol.
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.
Allowed on most trails. Off-trail riding is discouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Learn more about riding your horse on OSMP.
Mountain lions inhabit this area. Coyotes, foxes, mule deer and raptors are commonly sighted.
- 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 1924. 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.