Dakota Ridge to Sanitas Valley Loop
ElevationAscent: 458' 139 m
Descent: -458' -139 m
High: 5,961' 1,817 m
Low: 5,503' 1,677 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A technical ascent with a great view of Boulder, followed by a nice, open downhill pitch.”— Dan Gleason
Family Friendly This is a nice, shorter alternative to the full Mount Sanitas Loop with a lot less elevation gain, too.
Go easy on the stairs, as they're pretty steep, and it doesn't really level out until you reach the turnaround. Be wary of rocks and roots - keep your head down. You'll know you've reached the end of the uphill when you see a bench to the right overlooking a sweeping view of Boulder.
Stop and enjoy it for a minute. Then head to the gravel/dirt path, and head south (left) down the Sanitas Valley Trail back to the trailhead. Be wary on this path as it gets a lot of visitors.
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