Mount Sanitas Peak Trail

MODERATE 342 reviews
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Mount Sanitas Peak Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,253 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

This in-out hike is a portion of the more popular Mt. Sanitas & Sanitas Valley Loop. It is the more rugged and quicker route to the summit. Highlights include rock scrambling (if desired), a steady ascent, projected outcrops, and a "desert-like" baked earth terrain. When the parking lot is full, designated roadside parking is allowed.

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hiking
2 days ago

A perfect morning hike. Late start at 8:45 AM yielded a great parking spot! Nice on a weekday AM.

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Did this trail this morning. Great views! The beginning is a lot of climbing. And the summit honestly seemed forever away at one point but I think that’s because I live on the east coast haha. Great workout. Took 3 hours (again east coaster, who doesn’t hike often). You are able to make it a loop with the valley trail, little over 3 miles.

hiking
10 days ago

I forgot to start recording until midway on the red rock trail, somehow I switched trails and finished on the Lion’s Lair trail. Both are good trails well maintained. Red Rock was easy, but lions lair was considerably harder especially going counterclockwise ( recommend trekking pole) Views from on top of Lion’s Lair are worth the hike. Two thumbs up!!!

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no shade
off trail
rocky
12 days ago

Was a beauty walk up to red rock! Then through that and over into Sanitas. A difficult walk to the top but the peak is wonderful! Check it out

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked in late August, quite a treat for such a short route. Great views of course, and the ascent can be an hour at a good pace. Hot as hell...bring lots of water!!

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no shade
rocky
18 days ago

Simple

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rocky
24 days ago

Great trail! Did the loop clockwise and that was much more enjoyable. Saw hang gliders at the top.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good little workout, but watch out for all the other hikers and people running on this trail. Nice views on both sides of the peak. Little to no shade, so be prepared for sun!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little burner with beautiful wildflowers and a spectacular view of Boulder.

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rocky
1 month ago

Hiked this trail around 9am and it was hot. Not much shade on this trail, so plan accordingly. Even after living in Boulder for 5 months and regularly hiking, this trail was tough. Basically rock steps all the way to the top and super steep. Thought I was going to throw up a couple times. A good trail to get you in shape fairly quickly. Great views of Boulder from the top. I’m not sure I would choose to do this torture to myself again unless someone wanted me to do it with them. Reminded me of Manitou Incline in the springs, if you’ve ever done that

Good hike, 1.5 hours round trip. Met a lot of nice dogs along the way.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 7/14/19. This is a nice, close hike. The trailhead is located right in Boulder, so no driving to the mountains for this one. It has nice views overlooking Boulder. I thought it was fairly easy and not overly crowded like I had expected.

hiking
1 month ago

As a fellow dog owner, for the love of god people, please pick up after your dog. The entire trail was riddled with poo and (old) poo bags, and smelled like feces. Otherwise a fantastic hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hot! And it’s “only” 85 degrees this afternoon. Now I remember why I usually do this early in the morning. Still fun though.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice short hike to get the blood flowing. Some nice patches of flowers.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike. Even has a few wildflowers blooming now (5/31). Kind of crowded though.

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on 5-23-19. This is a pretty short hike to the top. Some parts are pretty steep with stairs and rocks that you have to go over. When you get to the top you can take an alternate route down that goes around the valley. It’s much easier to walk and does not have the steepness of the first part. It is however longer.

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muddy
3 months ago

Enjoyed the quick steep climb, only had time to get three quarters of the way up, but enjoyed the hike. Compared to chatauqua park trails, this trail has a little more road noise and feels less isolated, but still has lovely views.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a nice trail but heavily trafficked. Great view of Boulder at the top.

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