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Ranger Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,960 Feet (2169.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain, One-way: 1,190 Feet (370.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters) Bear Canyon
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 1.1 Miles (1.83 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

The Ranger Trail can be accessed from Green Mountain Lodge on Flagstaff Mountain Road
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The Ranger Trail can be accessed from Green Mountain Lodge on Flagstaff Mountain Road
The exact beginning of the Ranger Trail is difficult to determine, but it stems from the Gregory Canyon Trail. The Ranger Trail leads southward approximately 1.1 miles to the Bear Canyon Trail. Along its route the trail intersects the Green Mountain West Ridge Trail. From the Gregory Canyon Trail the Ranger Trail gains 1,190 feet in elevation. The surface of this trail is dirt with some rocky and wet areas. It is rated as moderately difficult by the Boulder Mountain Park Rangers.

Directions from Flagstaff Mountain Road: 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 and following Flagstaff Mountain Road to the right. The road ascends Flagstaff Mountain with many switchbacks and sharp turns. Continue on Flagstaff Mountain Road approximately 3.4 miles to the Flagstaff Summit Road. Turn left, away from the summit road, and park in the area provided. Follow signs to the Green Mountain Lodge. At the trail intersection with Gregory Canyon Trail take the right fork of that leads to the Ranger Trail.

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

Related Activities
Greenman Trail - The Greenman Trail leads south 1.4 miles from the Ranger Trail to the summit of Green Mountain.

Gregory Canyon Trail - Gregory Canyon Trail leads west from the trailhead through Gregory Canyon. It splits into the Long Canyon Trail, right fork, and the Ranger Trail, left fork after 1.1 miles.


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