East Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 30' 9 m
Descent: -746' -227 m
High: 6,791' 2,070 m
Low: 6,047' 1,843 m
GradeAvg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 56% (29°)
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“A steep and rocky but popular way to access Mount Sanitas.”— Megan W
The East Ridge Trail does indeed travel down the east spine of Mount Sanitas and its surface is rocky, rooty and uneven. Early on, the trail turns north and passes down through a shady wooded gully. In the winter this area holds snow for a long time, so savvy people slip on yaktrax to negotiate this short, steep section.
About mid-way down, keep an eye out for small green signs attached to logs that point the way through two areas with huge boulders. It is easy to lose the hidden trail here and some timid users may may prefer to scootch a couple of feet down rocks on their bum! Don't be put off by the idea of this, it is very doable.
Once the trail leaves the ridgeline, the switchbacks lengthen and the gradient mellows considerably. Views open up of the Sanitas Valley Trail below, with Bear Peak and the Flatirons becoming visible to the south. The East Ridge Trail ends at a junction with the choice to head north through neighborhoods to Linden Drive or join the Sanitas Valley Trail to return to the Centennial trailhead.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed