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Bummer’s Rock: Boulder’s Hidden Gem

When he is not spearheading the development of disease therapeutics, financial professional and entrepreneur Eric Tardif of Maravai Life Sciences can be found exploring the outdoors. One of his favorite go-to destinations is Bummer’s Rock, a short day hike in the Boulder, Colorado area. 

Bummer’s Rock describes Bummer’s Rock as a 0.4 mile out and back trail near Boulder in the Betasso Preserve. It is lightly trafficked and offers hikers a beautiful forest view with glimpses of the Front Range mountains. With just over 100 feet of elevation gain, the trail is perfect for all skill levels and ages. The rolling hills and stunning vistas captivate the imagination. Users of Bummer’s Rock range from children to seniors; it is even pet-friendly, provided dogs are always leashed when on-trail. Horses are allowed on the Bummer’s Rock trail; horse trailers may be parked at the trailhead. 

Diverse habitats await hikers – the Betasso Preserve and Bummer’s Rock are in the Front Range foothills, which is a biological transition area from grasslands to forests and eventual alpine ecosystems. The trail is home to dozens of native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. Aspens and firs dot the forested areas of the trail. Hikers may also spot an abundance of wildlife, including squirrels, black bears, mountain lions, voles, mule deer, and red foxes.

Bummer’s Rock receives the most use from April through October. During the winter months, ice and snow can make the trail slippery in the shaded portions. Winter users are encouraged to wear microspikes or similar anti-slip solutions on their hiking shoes. The trail is ideal for quick forest getaways, brisk trail runs, or an afternoon of exploration. 

An experienced trail user like Eric Tardif can complete the trail in just over 30 minutes. To add a challenge, hikers can link up with the nearby Canyon Loop trail, which is a multi-use trail extending 3.3 miles. Other trails within the Betasso Preserve include the Blanchard Trail, Fourmile Link, Benjamin Loop, and the difficult Betasso Link. Trails within the preserve are for use by hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Trails are clearly marked for direction and allowed usage. Trail maps may be found on AllTrails or direction on the Boulder County website.