Catch the Sunrise on Sugarloaf

    4.5
    1 miles 400 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    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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    Beautiful Spot

    Easy to find. What a gem!!

    ūü•ą Contributor

    over 4 years ago

    360 Views

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

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    ūü•áTop Contributor

    almost 5 years 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

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