Marshall Valley Trail

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Closed

The Marshall Valley Trail is fairly flat, rolling along contour at the northern base of Marshall Mesa. Prairie grasses and wildflowers abound in the spring and early summer.  Be sure to rest and enjoy the increasingly stellar views of the Flatirons as you head east along the trail.

The trail is 4 feet wide (or wider) in most places, and along most sections you can see pretty far ahead (and other trail users can see you).  This is a great trail for kids and families.  Although a few sections of the Marshall Valley Trail are raised above the surrounding grade (a type of trail construction called a "French drain"), trail users should definitely avoid this trail during muddy times as the clay surface of the trail sucks up wheels, boots, and hooves and leaves lasting, bumpy scars on the trail surface.

Marshall Valley Trail runs from the Marshall Mesa Trailhead out to where Cowdrey Draw intersects the easternmost end of the Community Ditch Trail.  Marshally Valley Trail is one part of the amazing Dirty Bismark Loop, not to be missed in those warm dry winter days when you're jonesing for some miles.

Check out the Marshall Mesa Trails and Nature Brochure created by our friends at the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks to learn more about the flora and fauna in the area, and get your nerd on even more with the Illustrated Geology Tour of Marshall Mesa guide - wow your friends!

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1.2 mi.
140 ft.

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From boulderosmp via Twitter: The Coal Seam Trail (S of Marshall Mesa trailhead) is temp closed while Xcel repairs gas line in the area #boco_trails

All south Boulder trails are dry and even slightly tacky after the rains! Great dirt! Get out and ride!

From boulderrunner via Twitter: Afternoon jaunt on the #boco_trails (@ Marshall Mesa Trailhead) [pic]: http://t.co/TT1z9FP4

Nice and dry.

Trail Meter: Poor»Good

A few short muddy spots. Good line selection and you can ride it without sinking in anywhere.

not rideble.... trail has drifts and rock hard snow

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

Don't go there! Let the trails dry!

Dry

Trail Meter: Poor»Good

A muddy spot or two. Else dry.

11/8, Terrible condition, widened and rutted from use when muddy. Ok at 6 a.m. when frozen, but I would stay off it once temps get much above freezing.

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