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Mallory Cave Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,100 Feet (1901.5 Meters) NCAR Trailhead
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 740 Feet (230.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,900 Feet (2150.9 Meters) Greenman Trail
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: .75 Miles (1.25 Kilometers) NCAR Trailhead
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 Mallory Cave Trail extends westward .75 miles from the NCAR Trailhead. It leads to the largest cave in the park system. The trail is short but steep and rocky with an elevation gain of 740 feet. It is rated difficult by the Boulder Park Rangers.

Directions from Highway 36: Exit the highway on Table Mesa Drive, south of Boulder. Turn west and follow Table Mesa Drive approximately 3.5 miles to the NCAR facility.

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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Geology Mallory Cave Trail
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Related Activities
Mesa Trail - The Mesa Trail leads 6.9 miles north/south from the Chautaugua Park Trailhead to Mesa Trailhead near Eldorado Springs.

NCAR Trailhead - The NCAR Trailhead lies atop Table Mesa southwest of Boulder proper. It provides access to several trails in Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space.

Orr Interpretive Trail - The Orr Interpretive Trail guides visitors around a .6 mile path atop the Table Mesa.


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