A Walk in the Park
If you cannot get away for a mountain hike, consider a walk in the park. Following are two of my favorites:
Broomfield County Commons
Broomfield County Commons offers visitors a choice of routes suitable for youngsters, cyclists, trail runners and leisurely hikers.
Outdoor enthusiasts are treated to a number of crusher fines and concrete routes criss-crossing and framing the park. The southern end of Broomfield County Commons offers crusher fine trails, and the northern portion presents a more urban feel with its concrete sidewalks.
With quick access from anywhere within the city, Broomfield County Commons is a good place to get away when your schedule won’t allow a ‘real getaway.’ The popular Paul Derda Recreation Center sits to the east of the park and numerous ballfields, restrooms, playgrounds and a snack bar span to the west of the property. A dog park and a near a life-size gorilla statue, anchor the acreage to its north.
To the trails: Broomfield County Commons is south of 136th Avenue and north of Midway Boulevard, between Lowell and Sheridan Boulevards.
Distance: Varies, depending on routes chosen
Elevation gain: None
Dogs: Yes, on leash
Boulder’s Eben G. Fine Park
A nice, short hike climbing about 560 feet in 1.2 miles is the Viewpoint Trail at Eben G. Fine Park. Named for an early Boulder pharmacist and avid hiker, the area along the Boulder Creek Path is a pleasant, shady landscape — a good location for picnicking and lounging.
Access Viewpoint Trail to the south across the street from the Eben G. Fine parking lot. The footpath winds and climbs southward, with numerous switchbacks and ends at Panorama Point. Another option from the park is north across Boulder Creek to Settlers Park. If you prefer to explore those trails beyond, look for the tunnel to the north at the end of the park to link to the Red Rocks Trail and Settlers Park.
To the park: The park is located near the intersection of Third Street and Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder.
Distance: 2.4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Elevation gain: 560 feet
Dogs: Yes, on leash or under voice and sight command
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