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Wonderful workout! Definitely a steep trek

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous red rocks. Easy to get lost, but that’s part of the fun! Best if you enjoy climbing rocks - climbing to the peak of them was a highlight for me. Can be scary climbing back down from rocks. The grass is so green at some parts that it looks prettier than some golf courses!

Yaaaaahhhh! Gorgeous day, friendly people on the trail. Steep at times, short and fun.

Wonderful hike with my girls, ages 11 & 13.

The wildflowers are beautiful right now. I would consider Mount Sanitas trail difficult though.

This is rated moderate, but it’s that if you are a seasoned hiker. Steep steps up and down,very rocky. Awesome views! Good trailhead parking.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful trail!

This is not a "bang for your buck" kind of hike, like the big name hikes out of the main RMNP east entrance. I ran into several tourists near the entrance who seemed disappointed with the hike. Instead this is a hike for solitude and being in the wilderness. Really nice water features along the hike and pristine woodland. If you need some peace and quiet then this is your hike.

We clocked 8.25 miles accounting for the extra 2 miles (1 each way) due to the winter parking lot as well as some wandering around the falls. we had snowshoes but never used them, however I suggest having them right now just in case. The waterfalls will be a lot more exciting in a month or so.

Love the views of Boulder on the climb up. Rapid elevation climb. Plenty of people on the path but not crowded. Was a bit muddy and still bits of snow at the top April 1.

Awesome hike with a beautiful view at the top! We took Sunshine Trail to Lion’s Liar, then the Mt. Sanitas trail down. Weather was perfect. We were worried about the ice and slush reports, but the trail was perfect. Age ranges in our group were ages 5 to 43 and we did 5.5 miles in just over 3 hours at a steady but easy pace.

Tough hike due to the quick elevation gain- probably deserves a bit higher than a moderate ranking. Beautiful trail though!

snowshoeing
22 days ago

Great day! Several very steep sections, plenty of flat in between. Put snowshoes on at about 2 miles. Trail was easy to follow even with fresh snow on the ground. Didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time but will be back soon to finish for sure!

One of the best trails I've ever done. We did this trail in early September. Weather was nice and cool and we saw 4 moose while on the trail. We could not finish the trail because they camped up just off the side of the trail. Looking forwarsld to going back and completing it

Great trail. A little muddy when we went. Took the west leg first and it was quite the workout. Lots of stone stepping.

3/24/18 - Only made it to the lower lake but a beautiful hike! The forest of pines in the beginning is scenic and the view from the lake is awesome.

Wore only mircospikes and we post holes the last half mile - Would heavily recommend snow shoes.

snowshoeing
25 days ago

Feb 25 2018 - Beautiful morning snowshoeing adventure. Great forest coverage throughout, with some sporadic views of the St Vrain valley that you're trekking through. It was snowy enough to require snowshoes. The frozen cascades are pretty spectacular. You do have to walk about a mile to the trailhead in the winter from the open parking lot, which is a bit of a bummer. [3.8/5]

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail. Very busy. If you are bringing a dog you should know that it is sketchy in certain sections.

Hiked 3/14. Made it all the way up with boots and poles. Poles were a must or at least spikes as it's steep and slippery. The last mile I was sinking in the snow quite a bit so I actually put snowshoes on to get back down to the river bottom. Awesome winter hike!

My husband and I hiked this trail today. We took Sunshine Trail that linked to the Lions Lair Trail. I am SO glad we started this way.
The hike down from Mount Sanitas should be rated as HARD. Knee high boulders all the way down. If you want to stay on a moderate trail, turn around at the top and go back down to Sunshine Trail. I was sure glad I had my trekking poles to assist my knees with all those rocks!

Go West way up - beautiful and aerobic - great weather in am today

hiking
1 month ago

This Red Rocks to Anemone trail is closed off at the Centennial Trailhead, accessed from Mapleton Ave as it's turning into Sunshine Canyon. Postings said it was supposed to open in February. (I'm told you can get on the RR trail from Settler's Park.) Probably 12 parking spots in this lot. Instead we took the Sunshine Canyon trail (easy, narrow trail) and then crossed the canyon to get on Lion's Lair.

Beautiful views, lots of fun. Brought our dog and he loved it.

It is a good hike with views along the entire trail. There are many rock formations along the trail where people stop to boulder. It is pretty steep on the way up, but was more gradual on the back side of the mountain. The peak was fairly crowded, even on a Wednesday. Overall I enjoyed the hike.

Stay on the trails for an easy walk with awesome views, or climb around on the rocks for something different. The whole family went on this hike and everyone enjoyed it.

This trail was spectacular. We parked at the Brainard lot because the road was closed. Three miles to the trailhead, but pretty and easy. Once we hit the trailhead we slapped on our snowshoes and were on our way. Nobody other than a cross country skier was out there. The trail wasn’t overly difficult but we felt the hills. We’re doing it again end of March. Beautiful trail for snowshoeing.

1 month ago

Definitely recommend spikes. Snowy towards the end. Falls were frozen over which made the hike anticlimactic. Would recommend saving this for when it gets warmer.

Great hike, would have given it five stars if there were not so many road crossings and so close to the road.

Lots of snow. Need microspikes and snowshoes. It is a great workout as it is steep.

Not so much moderate. More hard. Approaching the loop and heading to the right you have a slight grade for a mile which is deceiving. Boulders ahead! Pretty challenging for me and my Cattle Dog.

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