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Mount Sanitas Trail

Beginning Elevation: 5,600 Feet (1745.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain, One-way: 1,200 Feet (374.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,000 Feet (1870.3 Meters) Mesa Trailhead
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 1.75 Miles (2.92 Kilometers)
Other Maps: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks: Trails in the Boulder Valley
Usage: Heavy Please stay on the trail to avoid further impact.
USGS Map: Boulder Quadrangle 7.5 Minute Series
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

This trail leads up and over Mount Sanitas
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
This trail leads up and over Mount Sanitas
The Mount Sanitas Trail leads 1.75 miles north from the Mount Sanitas Trailhead on Mapleton Avenue. It climbs and descends 6,863 foot Mount Sanitas. There are some opportunities for bouldering on the southern side of the trail. The trail surface is rocky with loose gravel. The summit of Mount Sanitas provides excellent views of Boulder and the surrounding area. This makes a good loop hike when combined with the Sanitas Valley or Dakota Ridge Trails.

Directions from Broadway: Traveling north passed the University turn left on to Mapleton Avenue. The trailhead lies approximately seven blocks west of Broadway.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Marshall Hall (Aspen, CO)
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is the best time of year to hike Mount Sanitas. The grass is a lush green and the wildflowers are out. Looks like the yucca will be out in another week. Lots of friendly people and dogs.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Mount Sanitas Trail
ICON Bird Identification Mount Sanitas Trail
ICON Rock Climbing Mount Sanitas Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Mount Sanitas Trail

Related Activities
Dakota Ridge Trail - The Dakota Ridge Trail follows the Dakota Ridge line north/south one mile. It can be accessed from the Mount Sanitas Trailhead.

Mount Sanitas Trailhead - The Mount Sanitas Trailhead lies on the western end of Mapleton Avenue. It provides access to the Sanitas Valley, Dakota Ridge and Mount Sanitas Trails.

Sanitas Valley Trail - The Sanitas Valley Trail leads visitors through the valley between Mount Sanitas and Dakota Ridge. It is a graded trail with high volume.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Boulder Mountain Parks, P.O. Box 791 , Boulder, CO, 80306, Phone: 303-441-3408

Boulder County Parks and Open Space, P.O. Box 471, 2045 13th Street , Boulder, CO, 80306, Phone: 303-441-3950


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