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specchaser
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help with Boulder,CO trip
guys trip for fishing, hiking, eating, drinking ,etc. would prefer to stay walking distance to bars and restaurants and drive to outdoor activities

any must sees? will definitely do one day at RMNP


cgrand
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
I really like basecamp boulder as a place to stay and HQ.
they also can help with outdoor activities

boulder is great you will have fun.


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Lsupimp
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
I lived in Boulder for ten years. There is an area downtown called The Pearl Street Mall that is a pedestrian area. On and off that mall are dozens of bars and restaurants. It’s a total foodie city. Just park down there and walk around until you find a place you like.

On Friday and Saturday night the street performers are there . That’s always fun and the crowds are cool. There are always groups of people getting stoned on the courthouse lawn and there are microbrews everywhere.

The Boulderado Hotel is fun as hell and the best location but there are a bunch in the area . Most would require you drive a mile or so to get to downtown ( Pearl Street Mall ). I’d just find anything that appeals to you and do Uber. It’s a very small town you can be anywhere in 10 minutes.

In Boulder:
Farmers Market
Chatauqua ( a must ) for hiking
My Sanitas for stair climber hike
Flagstaff Mountain for nice views of city
Boulder Canyon ( nice drive or bike ride)
Boulder Creek - water stuff

Boulder is a top ten city in the USA imho. That I traded it in for Baton Rouge tells you the sacrifices I have made for Mrs Pimp.


ColoradoAg03
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
Pimp gave some great advice.

I would add go west up Boulder Canyon to Nederland. It’s a sweet little town with some good fishing all around, including Barker Res.

LINK

Nederland also sits at the doorstep of Indian Peaks Wilderness, which has a TON of sweet hikes and alpine likes to fish trout. Diamond Lake is one of the easier hike to alpine lakes up there.

LINK

Just do some research on the IPW and find some hikes and spots yall would like to fish. Make sure you get licenses, as Rangers and Game Wardens frequent trailhead parking lots and check for them when they see fishing gear.

I would suggest getting a National Geographic Trails Illustrated map for the IPW if it does interest you. Great topographic water and tear proof maps that have all the trails, camp spots, fishing spots, roads, etc.


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Lsupimp
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Dude-you have no idea how I grieve the passing of the near-perfection of my misspent youth spent cycling in Sunshine Canyon, waking up on couches in Nederland, trail running Mt Sanitas, hanging out on the roof of the West End, going to The Shakespeare Festival under the stars, going to Buffs games, drinking lattes at Peaberries on Broadway, having cocktails at The Boulderado, eating a hung-over burger at The Dark Horse, eating Moe's bagels, etc etc....

Those were the best days of my life. I was truly where I was meant to be.


ColoradoAg03
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
Mountain Sun/Southern Sun have the best fries n burgers in Boulder that I’ve had so far.


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cgrand
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
I love boulder we go there for a few days every year.
it’s one of the very few places we keep going back to


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Creamer
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
If you like ethnic food eat at Sherpa's. Great nepalese food at awesome price. They have bikes to rent all over the place for getting around. I would check out the air bnb's too.


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TnMountaineer
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Member since Aug 2018
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
What type of hiking are you into? Like, wanting to summit a peak?


Lsupimp
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
In town hikes—-Bear Mountain, starting by parking at NCAR is a great and strenuous 5-6 hour round trip hike if you are an in- shape flatlander. For a great stairclimber type one hour hike try MT Sanitas. And for a great view just do the Mesa trail at Chataqua and take that to the Second Flatiron. Others I can recommend are Gregory Canyon, the Royal Arch , Saddle Rock and Green Mountain.


cgrand
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
found this trail map... LINK

whats a good moderate loop to take to kill 1/2 a day (5- 6 hrs)? we can do a strenuous hike just fine but we need to save energy for a concert that nite. maybe chatauqua>1st/2nd flatiron>royal arch>then back?


8thyearsenior
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I took my New Orleans nephews(18 and 21) on the royal arch and 1/2 flat irons hike this fall. Took us about 6 hrs with breaks. It has some steep parts, I’d say it’s a moderate hike. We parked at Gregory Canyon and it was about 6 miles with 2500’ elevation gain. I recommend it.


Lsupimp
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Yeah, it's highly likely if you reached a peak that you were on Green Mountain. That's a great hike and moderate . Bear Mountain to the south is FAR more strenuous.

As for a moderate hike, I'd just park at Chatauqua or on Baseline and take the steps. When those end in 10-12 minutes you want to turn left (south) for a very brief time and then head back north up the 2nd Flatiron. It has the best payoff in the shortest time. You'll be at the top in around an hour. Very gradual and has some incredible overlooks where you can see Downtown Denver.

Saddle Rock would be another good option. To do that drive beyond Chatauqua to the next trailhood at the base of Lookout Mountain. There you can go either Gregory Canyon or Saddle Rock and both are great. Saddle Rock will give you better Boulder city views. Gregory Canyon is more of a canyon view.

If it's a cold day and you have strong quads I recommend Mt Sanitas (stairclimber mode) at the base of Sunshine Canyon (This was my go-to timed daily hike for years) because it's full sun the entire way and then you can hike down the other side. Royal Arch is also cool because it has elevation gains and then back down several times.


Cole Beer
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
Who has the best burger in Boulder? I'm going there for a family trip in July (me, parents and 15 year old kid).

So, other suggestions appreciated too...

Best brewery/tap house
best hiking (low key, nothing advanced)
best fine dining restaurant


DeltaTigerDelta
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Lsupimp
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re: help with Boulder,CO trip
Reubens Burger Bistro 1800 Broadway has great burgers. Try a buffalo burger.

Best Brew Pub-is I'm the wrong guy to ask. The Mountain Sun seems to be the overwhelming favorite, but I defer to the experts here. My niche in Boulder is hiking.

Best low key hiking-just drive to Chautauqua, park your car and follow any trail you want. Maybe try to do the second Flatiron hike SLOWLY. If you are a real flatlander just do the Mesa trail loop.At one point it gives you an option to head over to the Royal Arch which is more moderate. Green Mountain from the Gregory Canyon trailhead is great and pretty gradual and easy.

Best fine dining for decades has been the Flagstaff House. It's exceptional. LINK


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