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.

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From boulderosmp via Twitter: Marshall Valley, Marshall Mesa, Comm. Ditch, Coal Seam loop generally dry with some mud (mostly on Marshall Mesa Tr.) #boco_trails

From boulderosmp via Twitter: Marshall Valley, Marshall Mesa, Comm. Ditch, Coal Seam loop generally dry with some mud (mostly on Marshall Mesa Tr.) #boco_trails

From nl_photo via Twitter: Road ride recon today, Marshall Mesa looks good to go. Unsure about west side of 93 though. #boco_trails

From goladygoladygo via Twitter: #boco_trails any recon on Marshall Mesa? Is the dirty biz rideable?

From perfect_circles via Twitter: Any intel on the Marshall Mesa area trails? #boco_trails

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

Top of hill a muddy mess. Be kind to the trail and wait a few days to ride (or do a lot of walking).

Dry

Nice and dry

Dry throughout the Dirty Bismark loop and adjacent trails.

A few wet spots to ride through.

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