Sanitas Bouldering

Boulder, Colorado 80302

Elevation Gain225ft
Trailhead Elevation5,768ft
Elevation Min/Max5710/5914ft
Elevation Start/End5768/5768ft

Sanitas Bouldering

Sanitas Bouldering is a hiking trail in Boulder, Colorado. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 5,768 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 225 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mount Sanitas.

Sanitas Bouldering Professional Reviews and Guides

"Mount Sanitas also is one of the most rewarding. The trail to the top of the rolling peak is challenging; the rocky, sparsely forested terrain commands attention. But so do the great views! The plains stretch away to the east, and the white-capped Indian Peaks rise to the west.

The descent from the forested summit is also tricky in spots, but the rock formations (and art) are pleasant diversions. And in the Sanitas Valley, at the foot of the mountain, the hike finishes in a peaceful stroll through a quiet meadowland. Timing on this hike is difficult: If you try to keep up with the aerobic animals who run the trail, you could do it in an hour. Most will choose a more leisurely pace, though they may have to pass a young child en route."

"This short hike leads up the Sanitas Valley to the summit of Mount Sanitas (6,863 feet). Once on top of Mount Sanitas you are rewarded with some of the best views to be had in Boulder County. Wildflowers, wildlife, strange rock formations, plus a true summit make for a must-do hike in the Boulder area."

"From the Mount Sanitas Trailhead, where there is a covered shelter, head north and bear to the left as you begin a 1.4-mile steep climb up rocky, rough stair steps. You will cross a concrete bridge immediately beyond the shelter and then, in another 50 meters, you’ll cross a wooden bridge. The climb is steady and the footing is more challenging because of the erosion of soil or dirt that once filled in some of the spaces between the rocks, creating a spinelike stairway leading to the summit, where runners enjoy a fantastic view of Boulder and the surrounding foothills."

"Here is a short trip on a popular path at the base of Sunshine Canyon, toward the north end of Boulder. The loop follows rocky tread through sparse ponderosa to the summit of Mount Sanitas, and descends an open hillside to return on a wide gravel path. With easy access and proximity to town, this trail is a favorite of hikers, runners, and climbers.

It is common to see super-fit people running on this trail, and halfway up the initial ascent is a collection of huge boulders, cliffs, and rock formations that attract technical climbers. True to form with many Front Range hikes, Sanitas offers superb views of Boulder and the eastern plains. The climb to the summit is steady but not grueling, and the descent is mellow and finishes with an easy stroll to the trailhead."

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Somewhat strenuous since the 1255' elev diff is done in the first mile if you do the loop clockwise. Lots of people since it is so close to Boulder.
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A great short hike in Boulder with great views, and the rock formations are also worth taking a few pictures of. We started with the steep part first, and were glad we did. The mile and a half to the summit took us almost an hour and half. It's steep and tough on the legs, but a good workout. If you do this hike during the colder months make sure to have the right (yak Trax) foot gear. The trail can be icy and treacherous in spots.

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Sep 2018