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Sugarloaf Mountain

Intermediate
 4.3 (23) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The best bang-for-your-buck view trail in Boulder County.


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1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Out and Back

8,882' 2,707 m

High

8,463' 2,579 m

Low

419' 128 m

Up

419' 128 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views

Family Friendly It's a little steep for younger kids, but the short distance, fun summit rocks, and possible raspberries makes this a crowd pleaser.

Overview

A short drive from Boulder, easy parking, a short hike, and a truly spectacular summit make this a deservedly popular destination. Relative to it's easy difficulty, there is no more rewarding summit in the county.

Description

From the large parking area and intersection with the Switzerland Trail, there are many trails going in all directions. This is the only one going east, and steeply uphill. Head up the rocky road and go past a gate that blocks cars. Simply wind around the mountain as the trees disappear and enjoy the views.

Explore the summit area with a bunch of "throne" rock seats built into the western hill and soak in the views!

Flora & Fauna

You can find wild Boulder Raspberries in season right on the side of the trail.

Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 23 votes

#1

in Sugarloaf

#638

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  4.3 from 23 votes
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#1

in Sugarloaf

#126

in Colorado

#638

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Photos

Experience impeccable views from Sugarloaf Mountain.
May 28, 2017 near Boulder, CO
One of the rock "thrones" at the summit.
Apr 28, 2016 near Boulder, CO
The aspen bud out in late May on Sugarloaf.
May 28, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead sign and connector trail.
Jun 22, 2022 near Boulder, CO
Start of Switzerland Trail OHV road from Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead.
Jun 22, 2022 near Boulder, CO

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