What we're about

Boulder Ramblers was founded in 2015 by Colorado-based Walk2Connect in partnership with the City of Boulder. For six years, we operated as the Boulder chapter of Walk2Connect, offering free community walking, hiking, and rambling trips in and throughout Boulder County, CO, with a focus on building genuine connections to others, to the places we live, and to ourselves. In 2021, the Boulder Ramblers community assumed ownership of this group to keep rambling together!

Our community members host walks, hikes, and urban adventures every week throughout the year. Check our calendar to find what's coming up. We focus on urban hiking: exploring the quiet streets, multi-use paths, and trail systems east of the foothills (with some adventures in the higher elevations within Boulder city limits). Please be sure to read the walk/hike descriptions carefully to determine whether a particular adventure is right for you. We tend to move at a steady "fitness" pace (2.5-3 MPH), unless otherwise noted.

This group offers great ways to get to know local urban trail systems and find creative, appealing ways to connect destinations in Boulder, Louisville, Superior, Lafayette, and beyond by foot. We advocate for "life at 3 miles per hour," slowing down the pace of life to appreciate how we are connected to everything around us. We are a safe, welcoming and affirming community that supports people of all backgrounds, identities, and circumstances.

Check back often as new walks will be added throughout the year. Have a great idea for a walk or urban hike? We'd love to hear from you!

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Boulder Ramblers Team

Upcoming events (4+)

Shanahan Ridge Hike

Lehigh Connector - North

TYPE: Hike | PACE: Fitness (2.25-3 MPH) | TERRAIN: Dirt trails | DISTANCE: Approx 4 miles | ELEVATION GAIN: About 800 feet

Walk Description: Start the day with a refreshing hike on South Boulder's Shanahan Ridge trails! We'll hike clockwise on the South Fork Shanahan Trail up to the Mesa Trail and back on the North Fork Shanahan Trail. The first half of the hike takes us primarily uphill, and the second half is mostly downhill. The difficulty level of this hike is moderate, and the terrain is likely to be icy. Be sure to bring microspikes or other good-quality traction, and poles, if desired. Here is a link to the map for this hike: https://caltopo.com/m/TJKDC

Walking Movement Leader: Walking Movement Leader: Walking Movement Leader: Darcy Kitching started leading walks with the Boulder Ramblers in 2015. She is the author of "The Best Urban Hikes: Boulder". You can reach her at (720)[masked] or [masked].

Trip Notes:
~ We will begin walking at 8:05, so please arrive on time.
~ Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, sun protection and wear appropriate gear/clothing for the season.
~ You MUST have shoe/boot traction for this hike!
~ Well-behaved and well-socialized dogs on 6' or shorter leashes are welcome.

Release of liability: By signing up for this walk, you acknowledge that you are responsible for your own safety and well-being throughout the event. This is a volunteer-led experience. Volunteers are not liable for any injury or illness that may happen during the event or that results from participating in this event. Please take good care to only sign up for walks or hikes that are within your skill level and comfort. As always, have fun and be safe!

Fitness Walk Beginning at Foothills Community Park

Foothills Community Park

TYPE: Same Time, Same Place Monthly | PACE: Fitness/Conversational | TERRAIN: Packed dirt multi-use path, sidewalks, and dirt trail | DISTANCE: Approx. 4 miles

Walk Description: This fitness walk is held the second Tuesday of every month; beginning and ending at Foothills Community Park near the restrooms and the dog park, going south along multi-use paths onto sidewalks in the Wonderland Hills neighborhood, and looping back north on the Foothills Trail, taking a short side trip (less than a mile) on the Old Kiln Trail. Along the way, hikers will see some beautiful views of Wonderland Lake, the foothills, and the eastern plains. The route includes gentle hills, with little, but some, elevation gain.

Walking Movement Leader: Lorrie Johnson has been leading walks and hikes with the Boulder Ramblers since 2017. Reach her at lorriejohn [at] gmail [dot] com.

Schedule and Planning: There are two parking lots at Foothills Community Park: We will meet at the parking lot near the restrooms adjacent to the dog park on 7th Street. This walk is also accessible by the SKIP bus, which stops at Broadway and Violet; the Park is a few blocks west of Broadway. We'll meet at 9:00 am and begin walking at 9:05. The walk will end by 10:30 am.

Trip Notes:

~ Be sure to bring water, sun protection, and wear appropriate clothing for the season. For winter walking, wear breathable layers, a hat, and bring non-slip shoe cleats or wear boots with good traction.

~ Dogs on short, non-retractable leashes are welcome.

Release of liability: By signing up for this walk, you acknowledge that you are responsible for your own safety and well-being throughout the event. This is a volunteer-led experience. Volunteers are not liable for any injury or illness that may happen during the event or that results from participating in this event. Please take good care to only sign up for walks or hikes that are within your skill level and comfort. As always, have fun and be safe!

SoBo Coffee & Cardio Neighborhood Walk

South Side Walnut Cafe

TYPE: Monthly walk | PACE: Fitness | TERRAIN: Sidewalks, hills | DISTANCE: 4.7 miles |

**Please note that FITNESS-pace walks move at a steady 3 MPH, which can be challenging for some walkers. This walk includes going uphill for the first half of the route. All participants are responsible for their own safety.**

Walk Description: Starting at the South Side Walnut Cafe, we'll take an invigorating morning walk through South Boulder neighborhoods, going up to the top of Shanahan Ridge, over to Bear Mountain Drive and the Bear Canyon connector trail, through Bear Creek Park, and back along various streets. It's a beautiful route that gets the blood pumping, with almost 500 feet of elevation gain. This route IS stroller friendly, and everyone is welcome. Here is a link to the map for this route: https://caltopo.com/m/F1P3

Schedule, Transit and Planning: We will meet at 8:00 am just outside of the South Side Walnut Cafe in the Table Mesa Shopping Center. Come early to get a warm drink and use the restroom. The shopping center is easily accessible by transit - take the SKIP bus down Broadway.

Walking Movement Leader: Darcy Kitching started volunteering with the Boulder Ramblers in 2015, and this was her original walk route. She is the author of "The Best Urban Hikes: Boulder." You can reach Darcy at (720)[masked] or [masked].

Notes:
~ We will begin walking at 8:05 so please arrive on time.
~ Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, sun protection and wear appropriate gear/clothing for the season.
~ Well-behaved and well-socialized dogs on 6' or shorter leashes are welcome.

Release of liability: By signing up for this walk, you acknowledge that you are responsible for your own safety and well-being throughout the event. This is a volunteer-led experience. Volunteers are not liable for any injury or illness that may happen during the event or that results from participating in this event. Please take good care to only sign up for walks or hikes that are within your skill level and comfort. As always, have fun and be safe!

Fitness Walk Beginning at Foothills Community Park

Foothills Community Park

TYPE: Same Time, Same Place Monthly | PACE: Fitness/Conversational | TERRAIN: Packed dirt multi-use path, sidewalks, and dirt trail | DISTANCE: Approx. 4 miles

Walk Description: This fitness walk is held the second Tuesday of every month; beginning and ending at Foothills Community Park near the restrooms and the dog park, going south along multi-use paths onto sidewalks in the Wonderland Hills neighborhood, and looping back north on the Foothills Trail, taking a short side trip (less than a mile) on the Old Kiln Trail. Along the way, hikers will see some beautiful views of Wonderland Lake, the foothills, and the eastern plains. The route includes gentle hills, with little, but some, elevation gain.

Walking Movement Leader: Lorrie Johnson has been leading walks and hikes with the Boulder Ramblers since 2017. Reach her at lorriejohn [at] gmail [dot] com.

Schedule and Planning: There are two parking lots at Foothills Community Park: We will meet at the parking lot near the restrooms adjacent to the dog park on 7th Street. This walk is also accessible by the SKIP bus, which stops at Broadway and Violet; the Park is a few blocks west of Broadway. We'll meet at 9:00 am and begin walking at 9:05. The walk will end by 10:30 am.

Trip Notes:

~ Be sure to bring water, sun protection, and wear appropriate clothing for the season. For winter walking, wear breathable layers, a hat, and bring non-slip shoe cleats or wear boots with good traction.

~ Dogs on short, non-retractable leashes are welcome.

Release of liability: By signing up for this walk, you acknowledge that you are responsible for your own safety and well-being throughout the event. This is a volunteer-led experience. Volunteers are not liable for any injury or illness that may happen during the event or that results from participating in this event. Please take good care to only sign up for walks or hikes that are within your skill level and comfort. As always, have fun and be safe!

Past events (1,079)

Land Listening Walk in Niwot

7100 N 83rd St

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