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.
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
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Reviewed by Rena on 6/2/2008
Beautiful hike, took a little less than 3 hours round trip. Started a 2pm so there was adequate shade. Lots of wildflowers in the meadow. Wear good shoes!
Reviewed by Matthew B. on 3/5/2008
Pretty good, I got lost though and somehow ended up on bearcreek trail, which was closed, but I went back and did most of Mallory. Nice trail and easy to get to.
Reviewed by ST on 11/7/2007
A beautiful hike, but not for the faint of heart near the top. The rock climb up to the cave is rather dangerous in my opinion. While the view and cave are great, be careful.
Reviewed by CH on 10/7/2007
Calling this a "short walk" is extremely deceiving! It's about 1 1/2 hours up, and 30 min. down, with steep sections of rock. Do NOT expect to take your dog up the climbing part unless it's small. A man dragged his medium dog 1/2way up, and scared and scraped the dog trying to get it back down. That said, I LOVED the hike-it's probably now my favorite!
Reviewed by T on 8/12/2007
Just walked in the door & I definitely got a work out. A little more than a "short walk" it took 2 hours, The trail had stairs and up hill that is strenuous if you are not use to hiking on a regular basis. Overall the trail felt balanced with up & down hills and rocks and roots. The Cave was closed but we still climbed the wall which was fun too. Too steep for most bigger dogs. I look forward to going back when the cave is open.
Reviewed by Alexis on 8/1/2007
yes it wasn't a short walk, but it was fun. Really hot in the summer, not much shade in the valley part. Really steep and rocky in some parts. Really fun to hike with your family. =] Really good exorcise. the climb up to the cave was really funn but a little scary. but i did have a good time. very beautiful scenery, i thought i saw the devils thumb. really nice hike. looking forward to do it again.
Reviewed by Peg & Aaliyah on 11/27/2006
Saturday afternoon took my 3 year old granddaughter to this hike ~ and she did it!!! It is a great short hike and the climb to the top is well worth the effort. Brought snacks to sit atop and take in a most incredible view of the Boulder valley. The up and down parts of the trail give you time to catch your breath in between!!
Reviewed by Anne on 4/3/2006
Nice distance, not! "a short walk", hoo boy, steep, lots of switchbacks, up up up... patches of poison ivy on the upper part, must remember to be careful in summer. Well worth the climb even though the cave was closed for the season. The final scramble up the rock looks like it'd be too much for my doggie, a good climb for humans.
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