Chapman Drive Out-And-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,343' 409 m
Descent: -1,342' -409 m
High: 6,754' 2,059 m
Low: 5,413' 1,650 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A quick lunch or evening escape from the city with great views and a nice climb.”— Nick Wilder
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
From the park, head upstream on the creek path until it ends at Fourmile Canyon. Carefully cross Boulder Canyon Road and follow it up a short ways until the Red Lion appears on your left. Cross the new bridge and you'll see the trailhead parking and signs right in front of you.
Follow the sign to the trail, going straight past the misleading sign that says "Private Road." You are perfectly welcome on this part of the road. Chapman Drive continues up through a gate and then gently ascends Flagstaff Mountain. A 2016 project fixed the 2013 flood damage, Chapman Drive is now a smooth road, wide enough for a car the whole way up. Enjoy the views and some very nice stone work on the turns. Soon you'll arrive at Realization Point on Flagstaff.
At this point, if you feel like tacking on another 15 or so miles to your ride, consider the Super Walker ride. Otherwise, turn around and retrace your steps back down Chapman Drive. This is a surprisingly fun descent that invites speed but be cautious of and courteous to other trail users.
History & Background
The floods of 2013 caused damage to Chapman Drive/. An extensive reconstruction was completed in 2016 with Chapman Drive reopening in October 2016.
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Local Club: Boulder Mountainbike Alliance
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Land Manager: Boulder County, CO - Parks and Open Space