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Realization Point Trailhead

Realization Point Trailhead

COVID-19 ALERT

Always bring a face covering when you leave home and maintain 6 feet of distance

  • You will need a face covering to visit Boulder’s open space trails and parks. Always bring one with you when you leave home.
  • Place it over your nose and mouth when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Wear it around your neck or wrist when no one else is around.
  • Parents should help children older than 2 years old properly wear a face covering.
  • Help protect vulnerable community members and each other. 

Don’t forget: Keep the space in open space! Always stay at least 6 feet from others you don’t live with or haven’t agreed to have close contact with.

Please follow these other responsible recreation reminders:

  • 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.
  • Protect first responders. Know your limits and don’t take unnecessary risks. 
  • Plan ahead and consider recreating closer to home as parking is extremely limited - especially on Flagstaff Mountain.
  • Remember: Leave No Trace! Pick up trash and dog waste. Stay on trail and walk through mud. Step off if you need to maintain distance but quickly step back on trail.
  • For more responsible recreation reminders, please visit the Covid-19 Recovery page.

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.