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hiking
3 days ago

Started this hike a little after 10 am on a Sunday (4/22) and there was hardly anyone on the trail - mostly runners, probably due to the gradual slope and smooth packed gravel trail with relatively few larger rocks to navigate. Sanitas had gotten a bunch of snow/rain the day before but the trails were totally dry; no mud at all. I chose this as an easier alternative for out of town guests to the more crowded Mount Sanitas/Sanitas Valley loop and was glad I did so. A better workout this is not, but the views are pretty and the trail is quiet!

A bit muddy, but otherwise clear. Make sure to do spouting rock above the lake.

Fabulous hike. Go early to avoid the tourists in flip flops.

Great hike with amazing views. The lookout is really cool, as well as the history behind it. Did this hike with a 3yo and 6yo with no issues. The road was open at the time so we did not have to hike in.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful destination! Hanging Lake is stunning as is Spouting Rock just above it! Definitely worth the trip! I would probably rate this trail as on the hard end of moderate. You're gaining 1000ft of elevation over the course of a mile. If you're new to hiking it's going to be a tough trail but if you're more avid, it's not terribly difficult. Beginners should take it slow, bring lots of water, and be prepared for essentially climbing a miles worth of stairs (also some heights exposure right before the lake). I'd recommend at least some level of fitness before tackling this trail as there aren't many flat areas and it can be narrow in places. Parking lot can hold about 40ish cars and I've heard can be insane during busy times so go early or during an off-time/season! It's not just an easy on-ramp/off-ramp and there's no circling around the lot waiting so parking could be really annoying when busy. There is a nice biking/walking trail one might consider if they're more fit and not wanting to deal with the trail-head parking lot!

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail within minutes of Boulder. Steady climb to the top of Mt. Sanitas, seemed to be less crowded than the other routes to the summit.

Went this past weekend 2018-04-15 and road was open to trail head.

It was easier than I expected, these is a great place for beginners, trail is clear and accessable, bring layers of you get there early in the morning before 7-8.

Pretty steep if you're not used to the elevation, but otherwise not a terribly strenuous hike. Bottom to top in under an hour should be easy. Went up 4/15 and there was a small amount of mud and no snow left on the trail. Parking lot was half full at 9, completely packed at 10:30. Sounds like a shuttle system will be put in in May, so get your hiking in before the busy season.

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely breathtaking!! Did this hike May of 2017. You won’t be disappointed when you get to the top and the views along the way are awesome. Go early as parking is at a shortage.

Completed April 14th. Arrived at 6pm. I wanted to complete it before the sunset so I rushed myself. Huge mistake... But still glad I did it. Although I feel extremely sore!!

I quit smoking about 3 months ago and thats a huge disadvantage on a trail like this. Its fine if you take plenty of rest, but I really pushed myself (surprised I didn't have a heart attack).

There was not a lot of traffic and when I got up there, I was the only one there!! Pretty awesome. I hated coming down almost more. You really need to take your time. I rushed myself and had a few spots where my ankle didn't hit right. Think some waking poles would definitely be a good idea. There was no snow, but a little muddy in one spot. Temperature was perfect, hight 50s.

Grrat hike, just prepare yourself. It's all up hill.

The elevation gain was more difficult than I anticipated. I had to take a lot of breaks, but there are more than enough benches, logs, and rocks to sit on. The trip was definitely worth the effort. Take the time to hike the short distance to Spouting Rock.

We arrived about 10am on a Wed and there were already several people hiking in and out. It probably took us around 3hrs to complete the whole thing, including the breaks and the stay at the top. There was very little snow in the mid section, and it was not slippery.

They're putting in regulations soon and I wanted to see it without the hassle of red tape. We drove from Denver and it was more than worth it.

Great facilities at the start of this hike. Wide open path along the river before turning up into the canyon hills for a steadily steep climb up rocky stairs and path over a number of bridges with benches along the way to hanging lake and spouting rock up top. Both are really awesome and unique spots to check out. Not busy at all on Friday afternoon on a cold and spring day with some flurries coming down. And that’s the waaaaay the news goes!

What can I say? One of Colorado's very best hikes. Get there early or you wont get in. Short but strenuous and incredibly beautiful. The water almost looks tropical. Expect tons of people.

This was so beautiful. The trailhead is located off the interstate. It was pretty much full when we arrived at 10am. The trail still had some ice and packed snow in the shady areas of the trail. It is very steep. I hiked this with a 10 year old, 16 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old. I do recommend some yak tracks due to the ice. They will be making some changes to the trail and limiting the amount of people visiting per day.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice, mostly-shaded hike from the parking lot up and around Spruce Mountain. Good views of the southern Rampart Range from the top. Pikes Peak and Almagre Mountain are partially visible from spots on the trail, as is a distant Mount Evans. Trail is easy enough that it doesn't really feel like 600' of vertical gain.

on Lion's Lair Trail

18 days ago

Easy trail that is great for the whole family. Perfect distance and well marked. I like this better than the Sanitas trail in the same area. A little muddy on 4/7.

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Absolutely stunning!

Beautiful snow covered trail just don't venture off snow is about 3-4 feet deep. hiked it today in just normal hiking boots.

Great hike with the most rewarding views around!

We went while the road was still closed so be warned it adds an extra 6 miles to the start of the trail head for the hike. The road leading to the trail head was open dirt road. Fun for dogs, just was a very long trip if your not expecting it or not the best hiker.
If your going when the road closes pack a lunch it’s a long trip, we didn’t see any trash cans so what you bring in take with you out.
Overall I would have said 5-5 stars but when we went we had the impression it was 6 miles added on round trip not both ways so very under prepared and had a rough time but the view was worth it!

One of my favorite trails because the end is so rewarding! Beautiful views.

hiking
25 days ago

An easy trail to access, and I’d rate it as easy overall. We ended up coming down Mt Sanitas trail and looping back up to the car via sunshine canyon. All in all a great hike, and we got there early enough to beat the weekend traffic.

hiking
25 days ago

Great views from both sides of mountain by the time you reach the top! A few different types of terrain but nothing too difficult. A couple small muddy spots. 3/31/18 Not too many people either. 55 degrees on a Saturday afternoon. Saw 3 deer right when I got into by car as well. Loved this hike!

Had the place to ourselves just about the entire way up and back. Just my pup any myself enjoyed tromping through several feet of snow late last fall. A great hike for all. About 3/4 of the way becomes slightly more difficult as the trail narrows on the side of the mountain. Cheers!

We went with our boys, 10 & 13. It was a decent day and this hike was on our to-do list. We hiked on a Wednesday, the trail wasn't too busy, but definitely populated. Cut to the chase... the lake is amazing and worth the hike! We had read all about it. The first 1/4 mile was dry and typical mountain hiking. The middle 3/4 mile was snowy, slushy and icy in many places. Be prepared to slip and fall. The final approach was dry and a significant steep climb. When we got to the lake. It was beautiful. It started to snow a bit. We would definitely recommend it, probably rate it a five except for the season and weather in late March.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail to run up, glad I took this route to the top of Mt. Sanitas and down the Sanitas trail. Very empty on the weekend.

This trail is quite a bit different than I remember 28 years ago. Expect tourists. That said every person we saw on this trail was kind, friendly and respectful. The trail is very icy. Parking was challenging. The lake and sprouting rock spectacular still. There are lots of sitting benches both along the trail and up top. Changes coming to limit visitors.

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