Catch the Sunrise on Sugarloaf

Boulder, Colorado

4.5/5
based on 11 reviews

Details

Distance

1 miles

Elevation Gain

400 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Eric Schuette

Take in great views of the front range to the East and the Indian Peaks to the West. Sugarloaf offers a great vantage point for watching a sunrise and getting 360 degree views with minimal effort.

To get there from downtown Boulder, head west on CO 119 and almost 4.5 miles after you have left Boulder, turn right onto Sugarloaf Road. 4 miles after the turn from CO 119, turn right onto Sugarloaf Mountain road (located at the top of the road). If the road starts descending, you've gone too far. Take the dirt Sugarloaf Mountain Road 1 mile to the large parking area for the Switzerland Trail.

From the parking lot, look to the east, and you will see a rocky trail heading up to Sugarloaf, with a gate some yards up. Take this trail, and it will wrap around the hill and lead you to the summit. The trail to the top is just over 1/2 mile one-way, gains about 400 feet, and takes about 15-20 minutes

Once at the top make sure to stare off in all directions as the views are amazing!! There are some really interesting sections of the trail that go through areas of older fires that harbor really interesting trees and photographic compositions. Enjoy!!

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Reviews

One of the best difficulty-to-view-quality ratios in the area. Nice short hike, cool view at the top.

I was on the road by 5:00am to make it to the top before the sun rose. It was a fairly easy incline, but I was running off adrenaline to make it before the sun started poking over the mountain. It was by far the widest view I had during my time in Colorado. Once the sun starts making its way up, there is a scramble as a photographer. From the west to the east side, it's a beautiful yet different view on each side. The colors are constantly changing until the sun is all the way up.

This was such a beautiful hike! Short and sweet... and the sunrise was well worth the early wake up call. Wore crampons for the snow which worked nicely. Would definitely do again!

I hiked up to watch the sunrise today! It was no less than incredible. Being January though, it was pretty cold with a good amount of snow and ice. I wore crampons and had no issues. Just bring layers and be prepared for wind! The view from the top is well worth it.

The views are totally worth the early morning (in the dark) hike up. Be sure to take warm clothes in the winter it's very windy. Try to be quite on your way back down in the morning and you may be as fortunate as we were and have a herd of deer cross the trail about 20-ft in front of you.

My husband and I went on this hike on our honeymoon. It is a short little jaunt to the top with breathtaking views!

Easy to find. What a gem!!

This is a great area to drop a tent and primitive camp before heading up to Sugarloaf. Nice suggestion!

Thanks for sharing, Eric! Went up to see the sunrise this morning and had a great time. The trail is mostly covered in snow but snow spikes weren't necessary. It was also extremely cold so many warm layers were a must! I would definitely recommend

This is a great spot to catch a quick sunset. It's a short drive from Boulder, and the hike can be done in 20 minutes. You get a great view of the plains to the east and Indian Peaks to the west.

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