Easy Hike - Flatirons Loop

Traditionally in geomorphology, a flatiron is a steeply sloping triangular landform created by the differential erosion of a steeply dipping, erosion-resistant layer of rock overlying softer strata. Flatirons have wide bases that form the base of a steep, triangular facet that narrows upward into a point at its summit. The dissection of a hogback by regularly spaced streams often resulted in the formation of a series of flatirons along the strike of the rock layer that formed the hogback.  As noted in some, but not all definitions, a number of flatirons are perched upon the slope of a larger mountain with the rock layer forming the flatiron inclined in the same direction as, but often at a steeper angle than the associated mountain slope. The name flatiron refers their resemblance to an upended, household flatiron.

The Flatirons near Boulder, Colorado, is both an example of these landforms and the source of their name. (source Wikpedia)

From the Chautauqua Trailhead (meet by the big rocks to the right) let's loop around the front of the flatirons on a non-summit easy hike.

Things we may encounter on the hike are, wild animals, flatirons climbers, and somewash outs of the 2013 flood. We will also get some views of City of Boulder and I've found it to be a good first timer hike for people who are in reasonable condition. Or for those who are already hikers it's a great social hike.


Hosted by your local Realtor "Meetup Dave" Ehrig[masked]

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  • Galina

    I was wondering where exactly do you meet for the Boulder hike?
    Thank you!

    June 21

    • "Meetup Dave" E.

      If you click on the map it will give you Chautauqua Park, turn left into the park off of baseline as your heading west to find a parking spot or you may have to park on the streets close by Chautauqua park.

      June 21

    • "Meetup Dave" E.

      As you enter the roadway into Chautauqua park the Ranger Station is in front of you or to the South of you. The big rocks are directly to the right of the Ranger Station. It is hard to miss. Plan to get there early enough so you can find parking.

      June 21

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