We’re pretty lucky here in Boulder. We don’t even have to leave the city limits to find miles of beautiful and challenging trails. But hiking at Chautauqua or Sanitas on a sunny Saturday can feel a bit like walking through Times Square on New Year’s Eve. What you need is something right in town that provides tranquility, satisfying scenery, and a solid workout – without the mob scene. You need a neighborhood hike!
The Panorama Point Loop is one such hike, just a few blocks from downtown. From its start at the quiet intersection of Marshall and University, there’s no major trailhead and no parking lot – just a tiny sign often obscured by leafy trees. Beyond the unassuming sign, big views of both mountain and city await you. Foot traffic is light and comes in the form of dog walkers and trail runners who live in the surrounding neighborhood. You’ll climb up a windswept hillside, meander through a dreamy forest, descend into an expansive meadow, and stroll down one of Boulder’s prettiest streets. It’s right in our collective backyard and it’s only 3 miles round trip. Read on for everything you need to know – this little loop just may earn a spot in your weekly rotation.