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Sugarloaf Mountain

Intermediate
 4.3 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Loop

8,892' 2,710 m

High

8,460' 2,579 m

Low

432' 132 m

Up

432' 132 m

Down

12%

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 21 votes

#1

in Sugarloaf

#607

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  4.3 from 21 votes
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#1

in Sugarloaf

#118

in Colorado

#607

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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

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Jun 7, 2020
Cynthia B.
Nov 24, 2019
Jen Jen
Sep 7, 2019
Robert Carmody
1.6mi — 1h 30m
Sep 1, 2019
Rich Guess
Jul 14, 2019
Matt Culpepper
Great summit views. Short and sweet. 1.4mi — 1h 30m
Jul 14, 2019
Beth Culpepper
1.4mi
Jul 11, 2019
Nathaniel Dakin
0h 50m
Jun 1, 2019
Ryan Townsend