A summer morning hike on Hogback Ridge

Heading up the Hogback Ridge Trail

Hogback Ridge (a City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks trail) is a perfect summer morning or late-day hike close to town in north Boulder. |

View to the south as we head up Hogback Ridge.

View to the south as we head up Hogback Ridge.

It’s sunny and breezy, so you’ll want to avoid the heat of the day (and beware of afternoon thunderstorms). We saw hawks circling overhead and many early summer wildflowers in the grasses (blanket flower, spiderwort, puccoon, salsify, Mariposa lily, and whiplash daisy to name a few). A passing hiker told us she’d heard a rattlesnake so we kept our eyes and ears open but didn’t see it.

Spiderwort in bloom.

Spiderwort in bloom.

Important things to know about Hogback Ridge Trail:

  1. There are no dogs allowed on Hogback (even if you have a green tag).
  2. Park at the Four Mile Creek Trailhead (on the left side of Lee Hill Road just west of Broadway). Cross Lee Hill heading north and follow the Foothills Trail alongside the neighborhood. At an unmarked junction, go left (uphill) and you will soon come to the sign for the Hogback Ridge Trail. From this point it’s a 1.8 mile loop.
  3. There’s some steep uphill and then you ramble pleasantly along the ridge with views to the east and west. If you want to take the steeper part going uphill, do the loop clockwise.
  4. This trail is popular with runners but never crowded. Enjoy!

 

Summit view on Hogback Ridge.

Summit view on Hogback Ridge.

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