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!!

Pack List

  • 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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Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

400 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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20 days ago

Beautiful Hike

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

20 days ago

Beautiful Spot

Easy to find. What a gem!!

3 months ago

5 months ago


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

5 months ago

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Sugarloaf Sunrise

This was such a great way to start the day! Perfect directions and great 360 views. Highly recommended to anyone near Boulder to catch a sunrise or sunset!

11 months ago

over 1 year ago

Thanks Eric, I did this hike this morning and it was beautiful & easy!

over 1 year ago

Added by Eric Schuette

I love adventure and exploring. Currently spending time hiking, climbing, fishing, and celebrating with a good beer in Colorado. On Instagram @ericschuettephotography Cheers!!!

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