Marshall Valley Trail

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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.

Comments

tues 6/5 cool day (temp and in general), overcast, misty in places. great trails, just moist enough for good grip.

Sunday, 6/2: Trails are in perfect condition!

friday 5/24 did a bmb patrol today - bizmark loop - all really dry and super nice out there

Sunday, 5/12: Dry

Yesterday from boulderosmp via Twitter: The sun did it's job yesterday! Marshall Mesa, Greenbelt Plateau, Flatirons Vista & Doudy Draw area trails are now open #boco_trails

From boulderosmp via Twitter: The sun did it's job yesterday! Marshall Mesa, Greenbelt Plateau, Flatirons Vista & Doudy Draw area trails are now open #boco_trails

From BoCo_trails via Twitter: Closures: Marshall Mesa / SoBo area, Heil Valley Ranch. Trails are saturated, lets give them time to absorb the moisture. #boco_trails

From boulderosmp via Twitter: All trails in the Marshall Mesa, Greenbelt Plateau, Flatirons Vista & Doudy Draw areas are closed b/c of muddy conditions #boco_trails

From boulderosmp via Twitter: All trails in the Marshall Mesa, Greenbelt Plateau, Flatirons Vista & Doudy Draw areas are closed b/c of muddy conditions #boco_trails

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