What we're calling the “Boulder Ale Trail” is an unofficial extension of The LoBo Trail, with stops at microbreweries that lie within easy walking distance of the trail.
The trail is quite flat. There is only about a 300-foot elevation gain going toward Longmont.
Bike, Bus, WalkWalking LoBo near Gunbarrel
Biking the route might take about 2 hours each way. The trail condition is generally very good for bicycles. I wouldn't ride a bicycle with skinny road-bike tires because there are segments of dirt or cinder. But a mountain bike, a commuter bike, or even a cruiser should get you there and back.
If you are walking, it might take 6 or 7 hours each way.
If you're only looking to go one way, you can catch the RTD Bolt back to your starting point. The Bolt runs between Longmont and Boulder, generally once an hour, for $5 (as of Fall 2014). And yes, you can generally bring your bike onto the bus (but consult RTD's web site for their policies).
Flora, Fauna, Geography, Architecture
The LoBo Trail, which connects Boulder and Longmont, showcases some of the prettiest plains geography in Boulder County. Nothing against the many hikes that go up into the mountains west of Boulder, but some of us prefer something a little flatter with wider views.Boulder has more than mountains
At the Boulder end of the Boulder Ale Trail you will see red-winged blackbirds perched on cattails in the wetlands of Goose Creek. You quickly come to a prairie dog town (your first of several) where coyotes have been spotted (including some aggressive ones).
The Cottonwood Trail north of Boulder is an open plain where it's not uncommon to see redtail hawks or flocks of geese.
You will pass through residential neighborhoods on the outskirts of Boulder and Niwot. Horned owls nest in these neighborhoods, and if you come in the spring, you might see fledglings in a hollow trunk.
Those neighborhoods gradually give way to older farms, some with cattle and fields of grass for hay. Near Longmont you will walk for a mile along a large field of corn.Bear Peak has a distinctive shape
When you go south on the trail from Longmont, you will be walking straight toward the mountains west of Boulder. You will have frequent gorgeous views of the distinctively shaped Bear Peak. Closer to Longmont, and perpendicular to the trail, you can see views of Long's Peak that gives Longmont its name.
Cheers to these breweries who sponsor the Boulder Ale Trail.
Your brewery here!
We're looking for sponsors from along the trail who want to encourage biking and walking to brews.
* We're encouraging our sponsors to offer this deal: show your bike helmet or a selfie from the trail today for anytime happy-hour discounts.
Cheers to these supporters of the Boulder Ale Trail.