dogs on leash
Parking: Skip the trailhead parking lot and park on Mapleton St.
Foot Traffic: Crowded
As a Boulder staple, Mount Sanitas Trail provides that quick go-to hike that is close to town, the 3.3 mile loop can be done in under two hours, and a great workout with the western side of the loop being a pretty direct incline with stairs and boulders to climb. Because of all these reasons, it is a common destination for many. I hiked on 60 plus degree Sunday, parking on Mapleton St. just a few blocks away from the trailhead and started around 11 am. Though this was one of the busiest hikes I have been on in a long time, it was great exercise and provided beautiful views of Boulder and the surrounding mountains.
Perfect hiking trail. Great mix of simple, wide, gravel-paved trail, and narrow, step-like hiking trail through the trees, boulders, and across streams, and more boulders. SUCH an enjoyable hike!!!
I even did this after it had snowed some, and while there were thick clouds hanging out on top of the mountain; Never did it feel too unsafe to climb, but for a few spots on the decent where there was snow packed down already. The snow made it so beautiful though!!! And the "fog" at the top made it wonderfully secluded, and left me full of awe and wonder!! Thank you Jesus for such a good hike! :D
Excellent day not a bad hike at all, yes this is tough trail if you are not familiar with 3000+ elevation gains beyond that great hike ..
Boulders at the summit were unpredictably smooth and very slippery like glass, my first experience with something of this nature on a summit so just be aware ....
Have fun explore!