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Lion's Lair Trail

 4.8 (14)

Length


2.2 Miles 3.5 Kilometers


711' 217 m

Ascent

-40' -12 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

6,807' 2,075 m

High

6,113' 1,863 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

Conditions


All Clear 35 days ago
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Fantastic views from a smooth, well-built trail.

Nick Wilder

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Wildlife

Description

The trail was completed in the fall of 2014 and is a great addition to the area. Starting from the small parking area, take gentle switchbacks through the ponderosa forest. The grade is never steep, and at least for now, the surface is impeccably smooth. The corners and water crossings show off just how well this trail was constructed.

As you ascend, the views get better and better. Be sure to turn around and enjoy the high peaks in the distance. From the top, all of Boulder is laid out in front of you. Return the way you came, or make a long loop by going down the Sanitas Valley Trail or the Mount Sanitas Trail, then follow the Sunshine Canyon Trail back towards the beginning of this trail.

It's a shame this trailhead does not connect to Sunshine Canyon Trail (there's private property in the way), but maybe someday the county will get an easement to connect them?

Flora & Fauna

The trail name is no accident - this is one of the most frequent areas to spot mountain lions. The trails are closed a few times a year after a lion has killed a deer. You would have to be very lucky to see one... but be aware they're out there!

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Nov 10, 2018
Gina G
Awesome trail - saw three deer- fabulous views
Sep 29, 2018
Danielle McGill
Aug 12, 2018
Maggie Hoomanawanui
2.2mi
May 26, 2018
Anthony F
Peaceful easy hike with beautiful views. 4.4mi
May 10, 2018
Luis Cordova
Apr 29, 2018
Greg Amato
4.4mi
Apr 15, 2018
Mike G
Apr 11, 2018
Mike G

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  4.8 from 14 votes

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#64

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