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Bluebell-Baird Trail

Beginning Elevation: 5,800 Feet (1808.0 Meters) Chautaugua Park Trailhead
Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain, One-way: 340 Feet (106.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,140 Feet (1914.0 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: .7 Miles (1.17 Kilometers)
Other Maps: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks: Trails in the Boulder Valley
Usage: Heavy Please stay on the trail to avoid further impact.
USGS Map: Eldorado Springs Quadrangle 7.5 Minute Series
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Hikers can reach the Bluebell-Baird Trail from the Gregory Canyon or Chautaugua Trailheads
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Hikers can reach the Bluebell-Baird Trail from the Gregory Canyon or Chautaugua Trailheads
The Bluebell-Baird Trail leads south from the Gregory Canyon Trailhead .7 miles to the Chautaugua Trail. The path takes hikers beneath the first Flatiron for spectacular views of the formation. The trail gains 340 feet in elevation and is rated easy by the Mountain Park Rangers. This is an ungraded dirt trail that leads through ponderosa pine forest.

Directions from Highway 36: Take the Baseline Road exit and travel west toward the mountains. Follow Baseline Road 1.5 miles passed the entrance for Chautaugua Park to the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. Turn left into the parking lot on a dirt road. A parking fee is charged at this trailhead for vehicles not registered in Boulder County or not displaying a Boulder Resident Permit. Permits can be obtained at the trailhead or at the Chautaugua Park Rangers Cottage.

Directions from Highway 36: Chautaugua Trail Access: Take the Baseline Road exit and travel west toward the mountains. Follow Baseline Road nearly 1.5 miles to the entrance for Chautaugua Park. Turn left into the park. Parking is free at this trailhead.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Brian (Westminster, CO)
Time of Day: 2:30PM
Length of Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great trail, just follow the signs. Lots of conifers, lots of shade so a good hike if it is hot out. Seemed to be a little less traveled than a few of the other main trails. Look for logs to kick up your feet and take in the view. This trail not adrenaline pounding action, but will give you a close look at a huge variety of trees, cacti, and wildflowers..
Conditions: Not intended for those with penny loafers, some tiny loose rocky spots, well shaded.
Water Availability: No need for water, unless you want to just carry something around.
Recommended Clothing: Bring a thin fleece, especially if there is wind.
Suggested Accessories: Nothing, could bring a hiking stick if your unsure of your footing or if you are prone to slipping on your backside!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Bluebell-Baird Trail
ICON Bird Identification Bluebell-Baird Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Bluebell-Baird Trail
ICON Plant Identification Bluebell-Baird Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Bluebell-Baird Trail

Related Activities
Amphitheater Trail - Amphitheater Trail leads from the Gregory Canyon Trailhead to the Saddle Rock Trail.

Baseline Trail - Baseline Trail is an easy trail that leads along Baseline Road within Chautaugua Park. It connects the Chautaugua parking area to the Gregory Canyon parking area.

Chautaugua Trail - This is a short, easy trail that leads toward the Flatirons from the Chautaugua Park Trailhead.

Gregory Canyon Trailhead - Gregory Canyon Trailhead lies at the base of Flagstaff Mountain west of the Chautaugua Park Rangers' Cottage.


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