For as many times as I’ve hiked Chautauqua, I’ve never done the First & Second Flatirons trail so finally checked it off the list this weekend & it didn’t disappoint. As always, the most challenging part of hiking Chautauqua is that first stretch up to the trails, then I always feel like it gets a little easier.
This trail was partially shaded & fairly rocky after the intial ascent. It’s only about 1.3 miles up to the top with a lot of switchbacks right at the top.
There is one part where you have to scramble, but there are little steps in the rocks which makes it a little easier & our pup was able to handle it fine.
A couple notes: Dogs on leash are allowed and parking is paid on the weekends & holidays