MTB Project Logo

Chapman Drive

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 954' 291 m
Descent: -13' -4 m
High: 6,746' 2,056 m
Low: 5,805' 1,769 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

A nice 1,000 foot climb close to town with some good views.

Nick Wilder

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Boulder Canyon Drive/SH 119 will be under construction through February 2021. Check for road and Boulder Canyon Trail closures before you head up. codot.gov/projects/co-119-b…

Description

Starting from Red Lion in Boulder Canyon, cross the fancy new bridge installed in 2012. 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. Enjoy the views and some very nice stone work on the turns. Soon you'll arrive at Realization Point on Flagstaff. Cruise around the amphitheater road or head down via Flagstaff Road.

Factoid: the Bridge to the Red Lion was heavily fought over after a flood washed the old one away in June 2010 after a record snow year. The Red Lion is the host of many weddings and the major beneficiary of the bridge (Chapman Drive was used as a fire road in principle) but wanted the city to bear the entire cost. After much wrangling, they compromised, and taxpayers got better access, trailhead parking, and a greatly improved Chapman Drive trail that opened in December 2012.

Chapman Drive was closed for repairs from the 2013 flood for much of 2016. After extensive work, it was reopened in October 2016. For more information, click here.

Biked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

Jul 28, 2018
Rolf Rover
May 3, 2017
Ross Perry

Trail Ratings

  2.5 from 6 votes

#9

in Boulder

#25968

Overall
  2.5 from 6 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
17%
3 Star
17%
2 Star
67%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#9

in Boulder

#2,292

in Colorado

#25,968

Overall
99 Views Last Month
3,515 Since Apr 6, 2013
Easy/Intermediate

67%
0%
33%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Boulder from above.
Dec 8, 2014 near Boulder, CO
Just three miles from downtown Boulder, pretty awesome views!
Apr 15, 2013 near Boulder, CO
This terribly misleading sign means you're in the right place.  This road is absolutely open to public hiking and biking.  Rural Boulder County roads are full of these misleading signs that should be taken down.  The land around the road is public, you have every right to be on the road!
Apr 15, 2013 near Boulder, CO
Mark is nice about opening gates, for the ladies at least.
Apr 6, 2013 near Boulder, CO

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter