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Mallory cave

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A short walk, a final 100 ft climb and a cave.
Near:Boulder, CO
Distance:3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1015 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This hike starts at the NCAR parking lot. Head west to the Mesa trail and cross it by the information sign. There are lots of offshoot trails, be sure to follow the signs to the final 100 ft rock climb. If there is no ice or snow proceed up to the cave.

NOTE: The cave is seasonally CLOSED from April 1 to October 1 for roosting bats.

Trailhead: In south Boulder, head west on Table Mesa Dr all the way to the NCAR parking lot. Broadway and US 36 cross this road.
(Lat:39.97993 Lon:-105.27398)

Trail Guides for Mallory cave:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks, 303-441-3440
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Dennis Camell, who has posted  21 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by dc on 6/27/2011
Mallory Cave - closed year-round, effective Sept. 21, 2010 over white-nosed syndrome concerns.

Reviewed by AS on 10/10/2010
Did this one today. Note to anyone planning for this hike: The cave is closed at least until October 2011.

Reviewed by CJ on 5/9/2010

Reviewed by TS on 3/5/2010
Now is the time to get up to the cave before it closes for the summer! This is an easy hike and you'll be surprised when you find out you don't have to get to the peak to reach it. Well there goes the surprise. Once you're at the base of the rock that leads to the cave, it is a lot easier going up but coming down is tricky... Oval Trail Stickers

Reviewed by Andre on 11/7/2009
Great hike... 2 hours if you're in decent shape. The scramble at the top is a little tricky, but was done by 3 people mildly afraid of heights and with limited climbing skills. I saw several dogs and a few little kids do it while we were there. The views are great, the scramble at the end provides a nice little final challenge to get to the cave, and it's a great distance for an afternoon hike. We'll be back and we'll bring friends...

Reviewed by ECM on 7/27/2009
Not a bad workout for a two hour hike. This would be considered easy except there aren't many flat spots. The trail rises fairly steadily. Kind of disappointed with the view since the cave was closed and the trail didn't end at a peak or summit. Three stars as I wouldn't hike this again, even when the cave is open.

Reviewed by Dustin on 7/19/2009
This is a decent hike if you would like to get out and spend a few hours in the mountains. The cave is closed until October, but the hike ends in a nice place for lunch or minor (rope free) rock climbing. I would rate it relatively easy with the exception of a few steep sections. Enjoyable for the day - definitely, but not necessarily a repeater.

Reviewed by Erin on 10/3/2008
My friend and I did this today, WHOO was that fun, quite tiring though...we lost the trail after a bit so be careful about that. AWESOME climbing in that area...I am SO jealous of all the people I saw climbing. But I got my chance at the Mallory Cave slab. It wasn't too bad (although I was a pansy and wore my rock climbing shoes) my friend had a difficult time getting up through the first part of the slab which is a small crevasse that might not be to "big people" friendly...its really steep, and rather hard to do (I am scaring you on purpose so when you get up there your gonna be like this isn't bad at all! Leave you packs at the bottom though...pain in the butt to haul those up

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