Suggested Itineraries

From Boulder

  • 40 minutes
    Time frame
    Quick stop

    For a quick stop after a day of work, we often get on the Goose Creek trail on our bikes and coast down to J. Wells.

  • 1 hour
    Time frame
    An hour

    When I feel like I need to do more than just walk around the block, I'll hop on a bike and ride out to Celestial Seasonings for free tastes of tea (It's not beer, but it's brewed). This also gets me out of town, and the change of scenery adds to the benefits of some exercise.

  • 2 hours
    Time frame
    Long Friday evening (summer only)

    Been sitting in front of a screen all week? Get out of the house and into the sunlight for a couple of hours. We like to get on the Boulder Ale Trail and ride to Finkel & Garf or Vindication after work, then ride back home before sunset. Obviously, sunset needs to be a couple hours after the end of your work day for this to work. We recommend summer.

  • 3 hours
    Time frame
    Weekend outing

    Little walks during the week don't always feel like they add up to much exercise. When there's a Saturday or Sunday and the weather is nice -- even in the winter -- it's nice to just spend some time walking outdoors. We'll walk from Boulder to Gunbarrel for a pint, then walk back home. It takes us about 2-3 hours, which feels like a good dose of daylight. If we want to cut the time commitment in half, we'll walk to Gunbarrel, then catch the RTD 205 bus back in to Boulder.

  • 3 hours
    Time frame
    Organic and Gluten-Free Brew Tour

    Hop on your person-powered conveyance and ride out to to Asher Brewing, Colorado's first all-organic brewery and stop for a small glass of your choice. But don't drink too heavily because next you need to continue along the trail to New Planet, the only Colorado brewery dedicated to brewing gluten-free craft beer. Return home pushing those pedals, optionally stopping for a refresher at Celestial Seasonings.

  • 3 hours
    Time frame
    Long bike ride, with options

    One of our favorite itineraries is to ride the Boulder Ale Trail all the way to Oskar Blues. (If we have a weekday off from work, we can time it to arrive during happy hour.) We often don't commit to the full ride back home, deciding how tired our legs are after an appetizer or a pint. We either get back on the bikes, or catch the RTD Bolt back to Boulder. When we're riding with friends who aren't sure how far they can make it, we allow the option of stopping at Bootstrap Brewing if we're tired.

  • 4 hours
    Time frame
    Well-earned lunch at Avery

    If you walk from Boulder to Avery and back, it's about 10 miles and 3 hours, round-trip. Five miles and 90 minutes each way. On a weekend late morning, set out on foot for lunch at Avery Brewing. Stop at Celestial Seasonings on the way there for a refreshing little sip. Continue on to Avery for a leisurely meal and a few small tasters of their latest offerings, then walk back to Boulder.

From Longmont

  • 1 hour
    Time frame
    An hour's ride

    It's a four-mile ride from Longmont to Bootstrap in Niwot. Perfect for an after-work bike ride. Sit on the patio and soak in the setting sun with your fellow revelers.

  • 2 hours
    Time frame
    Leisurely lunch

    Powder Keg Brewing has a full food menu. Earn your calories by riding from Longmont and riding back.

  • 6 hours
    Time frame
    Big day

    Some of my favorite winter days were spent walking the Boulder Ale Trail. I'll pack a backpack the night before, get up early, and catch the first post-sunrise BOLT bus to Longmont, get off at Oskar Blues, maybe fill my thermos with coffee from Brewing Market, and start the hike back to Boulder. The trail near Longmont is quiet in the morning; you'll have the trail all to yourself. The empty fields are being picked clean by crows and ravens. Flocks of geese pass by high overhead. The day warms and by the time you reach Niwot it's time to shed a layer. By the time you rattle in to Boulder it's mid-afternoon, and time for a nice refreshing pint at J. Wells or Boulder Beer.

* Okay, we admit it. There are segments of the trail where there are cars. See the Route Overview page for more details.