Catch the Sunrise on Sugarloaf
Colorado › Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead, Boulder County
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!!
- Due to the short length of the hike you need little more than the your clothes and a camera
- In winter, micro spikes may come in handy as the trail can hold slick sections that are shaded
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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.
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
Great easy hike for sunset
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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