Nothing says St Paddy's Day like a long Boulder hike/run on the Mesa Trail follwed by New Orleans style cookin' at Luciles.
Many runners consider this to be one of the best trail runs in the United States. Run it because of the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and perfect trail, and if you look around you will also see some of the world's top runners who make Boulder their home.
The Mesa Trail runs 6.7 miles along Boulder's Flatirons and front range foothills, connecting Chautauqua Park (north) with Eldorado Canyon Road (south).
The Mesa Trail is the main artery along the foothills of Boulder. This trail runs north-south between Chautauqua Park and Eldorado Springs and is intersected by most of the mountain trails of the area. Although there is no real elevation change from its northern point to its southern point, there is plenty of elevation change along the way. The trail climbs and descends again and again along its entire length, so be ready for a good workout. This trail is well maintained and spends most of its time right at the base of the foothills in coniferous forest. All along the trail are beautiful views out over Boulder City and the eastern plains.
I will be running the 13.4 mile out and back starting at 9am.
The hike will start at 10am.
The two groups will meet up afterwards at the Chautauqua Park at 12pm and head to Lucile's [masked]th St) for Brunch.
Erin go Run!