Sanitas Valley is a hiking trail in Boulder, Colorado. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 5,507 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 610 feet. Near the trailhead there are a rock and woods.
Sanitas Valley Professional Reviews and Guides
"Views from the summit meadow of this short loop are among the best in Boulder’s backyard, ranging west to the Indian Peaks; south to the back side of Flagstaff Mountain and the Flatirons; and east to Boulder, Denver, and surrounding plains. With about hal"
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"Mount Sanitas is known to have the occasional mountain lion visit, along with coyotes, foxes, and plenty of mule deer (aka lion food). That is probably the reason why Boulder’s newest—and arguably most awesome—trail is named “Lion’s Lair.” Completed in the spring of 2015, the route to Lion’s Lair starts to the southwest of the Centennial Trailhead on a trail that parallels Sunshine Canyon Road, heading up the canyon."
--Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones , Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides).
"This trail will get your heart pounding, but there are remarkable views of Boulder and the famous Flatirons. This mountain trail is part of the free, well-marked and maintained Boulder Open Space, which includes the Mesa Trail and the trails to Green Mountain, Bear Peak and South Boulder Peak. Sanitas is an unofficial name commemorating the nearby former sanitarium which became Boulder Memorial Hospital. This trail will get your heart pounding. Catch your breath at the top, then consider making a loop trip out of it by descending the steep switchbacks of the East Ridge Trail to meet the Valley Trail for an easy final mile along a smooth, gravel path. Don’t expect any solitude on this hike but enjoy the interesting views of sandstone formations, especially of the famous Flatirons. You may bring Fido, as Boulder is dog-friendly, and your pooch can be unleashed as long as it is under voice and sight control. Not everyone is happy about that — one Boulderite maintains a website listing how many poops he has located in a day along the Valley Trail (1,427!)"
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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