Mount Sanitas Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,282' 391 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 6,792' 2,070 m
Low: 5,513' 1,680 m
GradeAvg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“Mega-popular Boulder classic that is sure to get your blood pumping”— Megan W
The trail contours around the west flank of Mount Sanitas, climbing steeply up wooden stairs and rock ledges to gain elevation in a hurry. The difficult ascent rewards with views down into Sunshine Canyon and west to the impressive Indian Peaks. Pass below short cliffs popular with bouldering climbers and spot their favorite routes by looking for white, chalky holds.
The terrain mellows slightly as it reaches the Mount Sanitas ridge and then meanders back and forth along its spine. Clamber ever upwards catching glimpses of false summits and the city below. Much of the middle section of this trail consists of rock steps clinging to the sunny hillside. The remainder of the trail climbs steadily to the summit past ponderosa pines and springtime wildflowers.
One final push and you find yourself on top of the rocky summit outcrop. Settle down for a well deserved rest with the all the other sweaty trail runners, hikers and their very fit dogs. Enjoy the best views of Boulder laid out to the east, as trees partially obscure views in other directions.