What we're about

This is a group for people who, like me, like to take life at a slow and steady pace. I love the outdoors and love hiking, but I find that I am often lagging behind. However, like the tortoise, I keep a steady pace and always get there in the end. We will do mostly short-to-medium-length hikes (2 - 6 miles) and our pace runs about one mile per hour unless the terrain is flat. Most hikes will be less than an hours drive from Boulder but we will venture farther afield on occasion.

Fellowship of the Tortoise is for ANY age. Older people who have slowed down, younger folks who are just starting out, people who are overweight and want to get moving, people who are recovering from an injury, people who occasionally like to stop and take pictures or smell the roses...anyone who wants to take things at a slower pace. Most hikes will be on weekends, but during school vacations there may be some weekday hikes. In addition, there will be trips scheduled that may combine hiking with culture and site-seeing excursions!

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Flatirons Vista Loop

Flatiron Vista Trailhead

NOTE: We will be practicing social distancing on this hike. You MUST have a mask. The Flatiron Vista Loop trail is 3.3 miles. It winds through the Ponderosa pines and meadows that skirt of the famous Flatirons just south of Boulder. Coyotes, songbirds, birds of prey, mule deer, and bobcats are common year round. Bears can be sighted spring through fall. Bluebirds may gather here in the spring. Watch for golden and bald eagles overhead in the winter. 3.3 miles, mostly flat Tortoise time: about 2 hours There is intermittent shade on the trail; bring a hat. Nice sunset views of the flatirons. Wear sturdy shoes/boots and dress in layers. Bring at least a liter of water. I always use hiking poles. Rain cancels. TRAIL MAP HERE (https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/doudy-draw-flatirons-vista-trail-map-1-201307151402.pdf) MORE INFO HERE (http://dayhikesneardenver.com/flatirons-vista-loop-trail/) DIRECTIONS: This is about 10 minutes from downtown Boulder. Head South out of Boulder for approximately 7 miles on Highway 93. Trailhead will be on right just past junction of Hwy 93 and 128. There is additionally parking at Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead. Use crosswalk to access Trail on right side and meet at Flatiron Vista Trailhead. Parking lot on west side of Highway 93 with a parking fee. All park visitors whose motor vehicles are not registered in Boulder County must possess either a daily or annual permit. Daily $5.00 or Annual $25.00 yearly pass. Information on parking permits & fees (https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/open-space-parking-permits-and-fees). Restrooms at the Trailhead.

Enchanted Mesa Loop

Chautauqua Auditorium

NOTE: We will be practicing social distancing for this hike. You MUST have a mask. A really pretty hike with a bit of climbing and some nice woody scenery. We'll take the McClintock trail up through the woods, make a loop around Kohler Mesa and come out and around on the Enchanted Mesa Trail. Some nice views of Boulder on the way down. Total distance about 2.5 miles. Tortoise pace! Please bring at least a liter of water and dress in layers. I always use hiking poles. Rain or otherwise disgusting weather will cancel. Meet behind the auditorium. There is a small parking lot there and also some parking along 12th St and on the side roads. Please be on time and text me on[masked] if you have to cancel last minute. Trail Map: https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/ChautauquaMeadow-1-201607261217.pdf?_ga=2.237602752.1789690930.1520863646-103484944.1517495616

Flatirons Loop Hike...a little challenging but worth it.

City of Boulder Chautauqua Park

NOTE: We will be practicing social distancing on this hike. You MUST have a mask! A loop hike at the base of the Flatirons. This is a really nice hike. The Royal Arch, Flatiron Loop and Chautauqua trails form a short but scenic loop through open space and ponderosa forests at the base of Boulder's Flatirons. The loop's moderate grades are a good alternative to more challenging trails leading from Chautauqua Park. Black bears and mountain lions inhabit this area. Many other wildlife species are common including birds of prey, mule deer and coyotes. 2.1 miles, some moderate climbing and nice views. No dogs this time, sorry. Meet at the Ranger Cottage. Parking lot at the cottage, or on Baseline Road. Please wear sturdy boots or shoes, dress in layers and bring at least 2 liters of water and a high-energy snack. I always use hiking poles. TRAIL MAP HERE. https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/ChautauquaMeadow-1-201607261217.pdf?_ga=2.206397072.2090997497.1508861826-1650855682.1502915320 DIRECTIONS: From Boulder, take Baseline Road west of Broadway 1 mile to the Chautauqua Park entrance on the left hand side of the road. From Denver, take I-25 North to HWY 36 towards Boulder. As you enter Boulder, turn left onto Baseline Road and turn left. Take Baseline Road for about 1-2 miles and Chautauqua Park will be on your left.

Weekend at the beautiful Ponderosa Cabin in Mueller State Park

Mueller State Park


I can't believe that a weekend opened up, but it did! I have booked this fantastic place for a luxury camping weekend. Four lucky Tortoises will get to spend Halloween weekend at the beautiful Ponderosa Premium Cabin in Mueller State Park! We can cook, drink wine, sit on the porch, read, relax, hike and more. Everyone will have their own bedroom with a queen-size bed. There are two bathrooms. The place is huge - more than 1600 square feet. Cabin has heat, a fireplace, a full kitchen, comfortable living room and porch, all basic utensils, linens and bedding. Read more about the cabin and see pictures here: https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Mueller/Pages/PonderosaCabin.aspx Please read below carefully before committing! Cost is $135 per person for BOTH nights. You must pay me via Venmo (@Julie-Chilton-3) or PayPal Friends and Family ([masked]) No checks. Mueller State Park is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Boulder. I will be driving and leaving straight from work; I can take 3 people. (Contributions for gas appreciated.) You can leave your car safely at my school on South Boulder Road. I have a yearly pass to the State Parks. You are free to drive yourself, but there is a daily park fee of $9 per day. Once I know who is coming, we can figure out food!

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Easy loop at Boulder Valley Ranch

Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead

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