|Getting There:||South Mesa Trailhead is located south of Boulder on the north side of Eldorado Springs Drive about 1.5 miles west of Highway 93. Take Broadway south through town and continue on as it turns into Highway 93. Take a right at the stoplight at Marshall Road/Eldorado Springs Drive. (It’s directly across the road from the Doudy Draw Trailhead.)|
The main route from the South Mesa Trailhead is the hilly 7-mile point-to-point Mesa Trail that leads to Chautauqua Park. Running Mesa Trail south to north is a bit harder than the opposite direction, mostly because the trail climbs considerably for the first 2 miles from the South Mesa Trailhead. Several additional loops ranging from 3 miles to 6 miles can be made by connecting Towhee Trail, Homestead Trail, Shadow Canyon Trail, Lower Big Bluestem Trail and South Boulder Creek Trail.