dogs on leash
Eddie D. on Mount Sanitas Trail
I really liked this trail. Easy access, challenging at times and then a low key winding path on the way back to the car lot.
This trail is not for the faint of heart if you're riding a horse. Trailhead does not allow horses so don't follow the directions to this one. Mesa Trail that leads to Bear Canyon Trail is fairly easy to travel but still challenging Bear Canyon Trail has a very challenging parts and some very scary parts. Trail is incredibly beautiful though a lot of it is in the trees with great views.
The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because the map attached to this trail on All Trails is not 4.7 miles. it's closer to 3. I ended up adding more on the top. Also note that there is a $5 cash only parking fee.
Scenic, not technical, but is exposed in a large portion of the trail, not super steep in an portion of the trail. Homestead trail isn't super pretty but there are so many trails to that link up to this parking lot that youre sure to find a little something for everyone! I would definitely hike out here again and experiment with different routes.
First hike I ever did in CO and absolutely love it. This gets the legs working right from the start, mellows out for a stretch, then some big step up sections. The home stretch isn't too bad. Great hike to catch a sunset depending on the season and sun placement. Highly recommend this hike as a precursor for more challenging hikes in the area (I.e bear peak or royal arch)