Marshall Mesa

Round-Trip Length:  3.61 miles
Start Elevation:  5,571’
High Point:  5,831’
Elevation Change:  260’
Skill Level:  Easy
Trailhead Location:   The Marshall Mesa Trailhead is located just east of the intersection of Highway 93 and Marshall Road in south Boulder.

As it continues to pour rain outside today (and it has been raining pretty much nonstop the last several days which is unusual for Colorado), I decided it was a good time to write about our hike last Sunday at Marshall Mesa, part of the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.

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There are some signs at the trailhead providing some history about the area.

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This area was home to the first coal mining activity between 1860 and continuing through the 1930s.  The town of Langford sprang up; the name was later changed to Gorham, and finally to Marshall.  The valley was filled with miners’ houses, boarding houses, hotels, and saloons.  The town site provided coal for heating, railroads and steam engines. At one time, Marshall was made up of some 900 residents.

We headed down the trail and took a left on the Marshall Valley Trail to begin our loop.

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Looking back to the west, we had great views of the foothills.

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There were many wildflowers along the trail which Lisa enjoyed photographing.

DSC_07201Purple Milkvetch

DSC_07231Sand or Mountain Lily

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DSC_07391Mountain Golden Banner

DSC_07271Western Hawksbeard

DSC_0730c1Buttercup

DSC_0731c1Golden Draba

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We continued on down the trail to the intersection with the Community Ditch Trail.  We continued on up the Marshall Mesa Trail.

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Lisa heading south up the trail.

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A view of the foothills to the south and west.

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More wildflowers along the trail.

DSC_07481Alder-leaf Serviceberry

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DSC_0756e1Bluebell

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The sun was in and out of the clouds throughout our hike.  Here the sun is hitting the Flatirons.

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A shot of some newly growing pine cones.

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Another shot of the foothills to the northwest.

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A great view of Longs Peak (14,259’) in Rocky Mountain National Park to the northwest.

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Different varieties of wildflowers continued to appear along the trail.

DSC_0781e1Cliff Rose

DSC_0785ec1Purple Loco

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Another shot of the Flatirons and foothills as we continued on around the loop and back to the trailhead.

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This turned out to be a great spring hike with some great views and quite a variety of wildflowers along the trail.  The flowers were just starting to bloom so I’m sure there will be even more out in a few weeks!

A view of our loop from the MayMyHike app.

Marshall Mesa Map

4 thoughts on “Marshall Mesa

    • Thanks Andy. Those are my wife’s. She loves photographing wildflowers. We compliment each other – I’m more of the landscape photography and she is more of the close-ups photographer!

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